The College of physicians recommends that refunds for operations on the urine strips made abroad

Le Collège des médecins recommande de rembourser les opérations sur les bandelettes urinaires faites à l’étranger

The College of physicians has recommended Tuesday to repay the withdrawal operations of test strips sub-urethral made outside of Quebec.

In a report on the problems that can cause these test strips in some women, the College has also requested, among its 17 recommendations, a moratorium on their enforcement by the ministry of Health, the creation of centres of expertise as well as the establishment of a provincial registry permanent.

The test strips are implanted in women who suffer from urinary incontinence after minor surgery. The test strip allows you to put pressure on the bladder to prevent leakage.

“At the end of our investigation, we hope that a structured approach can be quickly adopted to relieve these women, indicated by way of a press release, Dr. Nathalie Saad, vice-president of the College of physicians. Furthermore, we recommend that the occurrence of side effects, possibly under-estimated, which is better documented and, more importantly, that appropriate treatments are developed to counteract the development of complications.”

Their removal is not easy, because the strips were not designed to be removed. They “merge” with the body tissues, which makes the operation difficult, owing to lack of expertise and no method on how to do not been a consensus.

Health Canada had issued in the past notices relating to the risks of the test strips, such as urinary disorders, chronic pain, or during sexual intercourse, or perforations of organs.

Patients had complaints during the past year, that their doctor had not informed about these dangers. “This report sheds light on the experience challenging at times to many patients who have had to live with-or undergoing further adverse effects of the installation of a test strip. It is primarily to their well-being and their health, that the College has taken the decision to conduct an investigation”, said Dr Mauril Gaudreault, president of the College of physicians.

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