A North-east professor has been appointed chairwoman of an oversight group analysing the use of mesh implants in Scotland.
Lorna McKee has been selected to review the use of transvaginal tapes and meshes by NHS Scotland.
The practice, which involves operations to ease issues including incontinence and prolapse, was stopped in 2014 after several women experienced serious complications from the surgery.
Professor McKee, who is emeritus professor of management and health services research at the University of Aberdeen, said many women had benefited but a number suffered “life-changing complications”.
She said: “It is clear safety for women needs to be improved and we believe the oversight group will be a crucial stage in ensuring that this happens. I’m delighted to be appointed to chair this important group and look forward to working with the other group members.”
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “While we’ve taken measures, based on clinical advice, to suspend this procedure until we are satisfied all necessary procedures, approvals, and restrictions are in place, it is crucial that we understand the full impact of its use.”