Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions for women who have pelvic mesh and now experience complications
Pelvic mesh, known as 'transvaginal' mesh, has been used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence since the ‘90s and the majority of women who have had surgical treatment continue to have a good long-term outcome; however, some women have experienced complications. As a result the State Government has established a number of strategies to support women concerned about pelvic mesh.
A multidisciplinary Pelvic Mesh Clinic is now available at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, providing comprehensive health care for women experiencing major complications related to pelvic mesh implants.
Clinical experts are available at the clinic to assist the patients with specialist surgical advice, pain management, continence management, pelvic floor physiotherapy, urogynaecology, psychology and urology assessment as required.
A valid referral is required prior to receiving treatment at the clinic. Typically, referrals are arranged after seeing a GP for a pre-consultation assessment and any investigations.
Each referral will be reviewed to determine the clinical urgency of the woman’s condition and appointments will be scheduled based on clinical need. Those women assessed with less complex complications may be referred to a local gynaecology service.
The Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374) remains in operation for consumers requiring information about transvaginal mesh, operating between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).