Victorian women experiencing complications from transvaginal mesh will now have additional support with an information helpline established, adding to the specialist hospital programs available in Victoria.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said that women who are concerned about mesh, or are experiencing pain and discomfort after mesh surgery can now call the Victorian mesh information and helpline on 1800 55 6374 (1800 55 MESH).
Callers will be able to talk to a registered nurse about their concerns and the services available in Victoria.
Specialist programs to help women with complications from mesh are also available at the following hospitals:
- Royal Women’s Hospital
- Mercy Hospital for Women
- Monash Health
- Western Health.
Transvaginal mesh is a specific surgical mesh that is used to manage stress urinary incontinence problems for women.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration decided late last month that mesh is no longer to be used in Australia for the treatment of most pelvic organ prolapse (such as bladder, bowel or uterine prolapse).
More information is available on the Better Health Channel: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/Transvaginal-mesh.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“While many women will not experience any problems after mesh surgery, others will suffer serious, debilitating complications. These symptoms could arise several years after surgery, which can make it difficult to identify.”
“If women are concerned about pain and discomfort after mesh surgery, they should call our helpline. The helpline is there to give women peace of mind and help them in taking the next step in seeking medical help.”
“As with any procedure – if Victorian women are considering mesh surgery to help resolve a health issue, they should get all the information about the risks and benefits of the procedure, and any alternative treatments that may be available.”