Only as a 'last resort': Senate inquiry delivers verdict on transvaginal mesh

But urologists have defended its use in surgical procedures for stress incontinence

Transvaginal mesh should only be used as a last resort and a registry of high-risk medical devices should be established, a Senate inquiry says.

The investigation into the devastating effects of the mesh implants has also called for mandatory reporting of adverse effects, more information about the risks of implants and better training for doctors on informed consent.

"Many women who have had transvaginal mesh implants have had devastating complications resulting in ongoing emotional trauma, embarrassment, shame, depression,