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Media Release: Western Society of Pelvic Medicine

Feb 8 2013 12:00AM



EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/08/13 -- Recent news stories have highlighted requests by Canadian women for Provincial Ministries of Health to fund out-of-country treatment for complications related to trans-vaginally placed surgical mesh. The Western Society of Pelvic Medicine (WSPM) is a national professional organization of specialists in Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Members of the society have all pursued postgraduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to female pelvic floor dysfunction, including pelvic organ prolapse, and urinary and fecal incontinence.

The WSPM is sympathetic to the women who are suffering from complications related to trans-vaginally placed surgical mesh, and many of our members are actively involved in treating these women. Our membership is also engaged in research to define the most successful techniques to diagnose and treat these problems, and we base our treatment decisions on the best medical evidence.

Unfortunately, there is considerable publically available misinformation regarding how to diagnose and treat these problems. This misinformation includes the erroneous lack of Canadian providers who are qualified and experienced in treating mesh related complications. The WSPM wants to correct this misperception and towards that end provides the following list of centres of excellence through out Canada that are capable of treating complications related to trans-vaginally placed mesh. We encourage family physicians caring for these patients to refer them to these sites.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Province City Location Physician Contact----------------------------------------------------------------------------Alberta Calgary University of Dr Magnus Murphy 403-692-0441 Calgary 403-692-0442 (fax) Division of Urogynecology -------------------------------------------------------------- Calgary University of Dr. Magli 403 944 4000 Calgary Roberts Division of Urogynecology -------------------------------------------------------------- Edmonton Urogynecology Dr Cathy Flood 780-735-5290 Clinic Dr Jane Schulz fax 780-735-5896 Lois Hole Hopital for Women Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton----------------------------------------------------------------------------British Vancouver Center for Dr. Geoffrey 604-806-9538Columbia Pelvic Floor Cundiff fax 604-806-8521 Health, Dr. Roxana University of Geoffrion British Columbia -------------------------------------------------------------- Vancouver Cross-Roads Dr Darren Lazare 604-708-0788 Clinic- 604-708-0748 (fax) Urogynecology University of British Columbia -------------------------------------------------------------- Penticton Penticton Dr Jose 250-492-4015 Regional Goncalves 250-493-2067 (fax) Hospital----------------------------------------------------------------------------Nova Scotia Halifax IWK Health Dr. Baharah Amir 902-470-7491 Centre Dr.Scott Farrell 902-425-1125 (fax) Dalhousie Dr. Donna University Gilmour Dr. Marianne Pierce -------------------------------------------------------------- Truro Dalhousie Dr Alfred Bent 902-673-2953 University 902-449-2953 (fax)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Ontario Hamilton McMaster Dr. Carolyn Best 905-521-2100 ext University 76338 Hamilton Health Sciences -------------------------------------------------------------- Kingston Division of Dr Marie-Andree 613-548-6115 Urogynecology Harvey 613-548-1330 (fax) and Pelvic Floor Dr. Shawna Reconstruction Johnston Queens's University -------------------------------------------------------------- London London Health Dr. Queena Chou 519-646-6343 Sciences Centre Dr. J. Barry fax 519-646-6253 (Victoria MacMillan 519-646-6247 Hospital) fax 519-646-6039 Western University (previously University of Western Ontario) -------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto Dr May Alarab 416-586-8428 Mt Sinai Dr Harold Drutz 416-586-4642 Hospital Dr Danny 416-586-4566 University of Lovatsis Toronto -------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto St. Michael's Dr Colleen Hospital McDermott -------------------------------------------------------------- Ottawa The Ottawa Dr Kevin Baker 613-738-8400x81722 Hospital, 613-738-8524 (fax) Riverside Campus Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery----------------------------------------------------------------------------Quebec Montreal Department of Dr Jens-Eric 514-934-1934 ext Obstetrics and Walter 44289 Gynecology 514-843-1708 (fax) McGill University Health Centre----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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