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.
Victorian 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 in November 2017 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).
Source: Vic Government