A specialist college has moved to ‘protect’ a leading obstetrician after Senate inquiry evidence

By , 25/04/2020 19:38

Divisions: Dr Peter Petros whose integral theory leading to some pelvic mesh devices has caused significant divisions among n obstetricians and gynaecologists.

AUSTRALIA’S peak body for obstetricians and gynaecologists has declined to answer questions raised duringaninquiry into pelvic mesh devices to“protect” a leading specialist from other obstetricians and gynaecologists.

The inquiry into controversial pelvic mesh devices has exposed deep divisions between a small numberofspecialists who support a surgical theory developed in Western in the late 1980s, and the majority of n obstetricians and gynaecologists.

In a letter in February Royal n and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists president Steve Robson advised the Senate inquiry that the college would make no further public statements about the“integral theory” after college member Professor Chris Benness gave evidence in 2017 about pelvicmesh surgery for women.

The college declined to answerquestions on notice about the theory.

“Subsequent to our appearance before the Senate inquiry, the college received correspondence from proponents of the so-called‘integral theory’ that was of such a nature that I wish to protect Professor Bennessfrom further negative contact,” Professor Robson said.

“As president of RANZCOG I do not wish the college or any person acting on behalf of the college to make any further public statement on the integral theory.”

The Senate inquiryon pelvic mesh devices implanted in women after childbirthis scheduledto table itsreport in Federal Parliament on March 20. The report will be made public only weeks after Johnson & Johnsonwithdrewits “gold standard” incontinence pelvic mesh slings from the n market after devastating evidence from women at a Senate inquiry and a Federal Court class action.

In evidence to theSenate inquiry in September Sydney proctologist DarrenGold said integral theory inventor Dr Peter Petros had been“vilified, ostracized and tormented for daring to contradict the established thinking” on women’s pelvic surgery.

“In any other country he would have already been awarded a Nobel Prize; here he gets destroyed,” Dr Gold said.

But the inquiry heard evidence fromwomen who blamed his procedure for“their crippling condition”, Senator Derryn Hinch said.

The inquiry heard evidence from formerchampion n basketballer and Newcastle Falcons playerPaul Zadow, whoseAdelaidecompanywebsite said itsTissue Fixation System pelvic mesh device was based on Dr Petros’s integral theorywhich “set the foundation for a new approach to treatment of female pelvic floor dysfunction”. Mr Zadow is appealing the device’sderegistrationin 2014.

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