Western Society of Pelvic Medicine

February 08, 2013 09:00 ET

Media Release: Western Society of Pelvic Medicine

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2013) - 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 Calgary
Division of Urogynecology
Dr Magnus Murphy 403-692-0441
403-692-0442 (fax)
Calgary University of Calgary
Division of Urogynecology
Dr. Magli Roberts 403 944 4000
Edmonton Urogynecology Clinic
Lois Hole Hopital for Women
Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton
Dr Cathy Flood
Dr Jane Schulz
fax 780-735-5896
British Columbia Vancouver Center for Pelvic Floor Health, University of British Columbia Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff
Dr. Roxana Geoffrion
fax 604-806-8521
Vancouver Cross-Roads Clinic- Urogynecology University of British Columbia Dr Darren Lazare 604-708-0788
604-708-0748 (fax)
Penticton Penticton Regional Hospital Dr Jose Goncalves 250-492-4015
250-493-2067 (fax)
Nova Scotia Halifax IWK Health Centre
Dalhousie University
Dr. Baharah Amir
Dr.Scott Farrell
Dr. Donna Gilmour
Dr. Marianne Pierce
902-425-1125 (fax)

Truro Dalhousie University Dr Alfred Bent 902-673-2953
902-449-2953 (fax)
Ontario Hamilton McMaster University
Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Carolyn Best 905-521-2100 ext 76338
Kingston Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
Queens's University
Dr Marie-Andree Harvey
Dr. Shawna Johnston
613-548-1330 (fax)
London London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Hospital)
Western University (previously University of Western Ontario)
Dr. Queena Chou Dr. J. Barry MacMillan 519-646-6343
fax 519-646-6253
fax 519-646-6039
Mt Sinai Hospital
University of Toronto
Dr May Alarab
Dr Harold Drutz
Dr Danny Lovatsis
Toronto St. Michael's Hospital Dr Colleen McDermott
Ottawa The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside Campus
Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Dr Kevin Baker 613-738-8400x81722
613-738-8524 (fax)
Quebec Montreal Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
McGill University Health Centre
Dr Jens-Eric Walter 514-934-1934 ext 44289
514-843-1708 (fax)

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