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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 853125, 4 pages
Review Article

Global Convergence on the Bioethics of Surgical Implants

1UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights, Rome, Italy
2School of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy
3Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA

Received 13 October 2014; Accepted 25 December 2014

Academic Editor: Thomas Otto

Copyright © 2015 Alberto Garcia and Dominique J. Monlezun. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The increasing globalization of mankind with pluralistic belief systems necessitates physicians by virtue of their profession to partner with bioethics for soundly applying emerging knowledge and technologies for the best use of the patient. A subfield within medicine in which this need is acutely felt is that of surgical implants. Within this subfield such recent promising ethics and medicine partnerships include the International Tissue Engineering Research Association and UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights’ International Code of Ethics. In this paper, we provide an overview of the emerging human rights framework from bioethics and international law, discussion of key framework principles, their application to the current surgical challenge of implantation of surgical mesh for prolapse, and conclusions and recommendations. Such discussions are meant to facilitate true quality improvement in patient care by ensuring the exciting technologies and medical practices emerging new daily are accompanied by an equal commitment of physicians to ethically provide their services for the chief end of the patient’s good.