HIC CEO Danny Vadasz

Published 04 May 2017 by Danny Vadasz

Understanding Pelvic Mesh Update

Transvaginal mesh is used as an implant to resolve pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. It is estimated that there may be as many as 100,000 women with the implant. And of these, the proportion of women suffering complications has been variously estimated to be anywhere between 3% and 30%.

We created a temporary Facebook page as a way to understand the magnitude of the problem and to gain insight into the quality of information that has been provided to women about this procedure. Since April, we have continued boosting posts to find these women. As a result, over 2100 women have completed our survey, anonymously sharing their experience of pelvic mesh, the information they received and the resulting complications.

So far, we have found:

  • 59% of women said that the procedure did not resolve their original issue
  • 41% of women felt that were not fully informed before the procedure

We have also been able to collect the following insights into the adverse effects for women:

  • 73% of women continued to have issues with incontinence
  • 58% of women had pain during intercourse
  • 26% of women had personal relationships break down

What’s worse is that when women approached a health professional about their concerns after surgery, a staggering 38% were told that nothing could be done and only 11% saw improvement.

The responses that we have received are harrowing, but we know we’ve barely scratched the surface.

We have been overwhelmed by the responses we have received for our survey and wish to thank all of the women who have bravely shared their experiences of pelvic mesh implants. We have now had over 2000 responses which will support our senate inquiry. We will contine this critical work and continue making recommendations to the inquiry.

What do we need from you?

Health Issues Centre is a not for profit which has independently funded this research to date. But we need your help to continue the campaign. We are seeking donations to continue this important work throughout May ahead of preparing a senate inquiry submission.

Help us put the spotlight on an issue that is largely under-reported and give mesh-affected women the voice they deserve to have heard.

You can make a donation here.

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Published 04 May 2017 by Danny Vadasz

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