Much awaited NICE guidelines and Patient Decision Aids are Released.

2nd April 2019

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and The British Society of
Urogynaecology (BSUG) said:

“Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are common and often debilitating conditions
for which women must have access to a range of safe and effective treatment options.

“We therefore welcome the final guidance on the management of these conditions from NICE,
which recommends that the full range of non-surgical options should be offered to women before
any surgical procedures.

“We also fully endorse the patient decision aids published by NICE. These are important resources
for women and clinicians that will help them to understand all treatments available, as well as the
benefits and risks associated with each option. These will support women and clinicians to make an
informed choice about the best possible treatment for their individual circumstances.

“At the time of publication of the updated NICE guideline and patient decision aids, it is important to
note that the high vigilance restriction remains in place for the use of mesh. While the period of high
vigilence continues, healthcare professionals should continue to follow any restrictions.

“The RCOG and BSUG remain firmly committed to meeting the conditions set out by the
Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review to ensure women receive the safest and
most effective treatments.”

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