Hi! My name is Caz. Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I am 47 years old and I live in a beautiful beach suburb in Perth Western Australia. My blog is focussed on women who are having complications from transvaginal mesh implants. I had a tvto mesh implant procedure in January 2014 for stress incontinence that was supposed to enable me to be more active with my son without peeing my pants! Unfortunately I suffered severe pain and injury from the device that changed my life forever.
I did a lot of research to find out how to have it fully removed and to my shock and horror, I discovered that there were no surgeons in Australia who could fully remove it. I learnt about partial removals and communicated with women who have some very sad stories to tell. They were advised by their surgeon to have a partial removal and they are still suffering and continue to have what is known in the gynaecological profession as “revision surgery”.
I eventually flew to St Louis, Missouri in October 2014 (nine months after the implant) and had a full removal of the tvto by a very experienced surgeon called Dr Veronikis. He has removed over 2000 mesh devices including those used for stress incontinence and prolapse meshes. I decided he was the safest bet!
I wanted to create this blog website to tell you about my life as it is now, since mesh removal, the ongoing pain I continue to suffer from and the health products I use to help reduce pain and inflammation. Each time I try a product and it works for me, I add it to a post on this site. The blog also includes media stories in Australia and updates from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
I have a facebook group called The Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group. You are welcome to join this group to learn more. If you already have a mesh implant and you believe you may be having complications related to the mesh, you will find support and a kindred spirit in this group.
The front page of my blog is a very important alert from the Therapeutic Goods Administration about the possible complications of transvaginal mesh implants. It is a very long list! If I had known about these complications I would never had had the implant. Unfortunately many surgeons are not up front about all of the risks. To see the TGA update please click here
Please send me an email if you would like to ask any questions or if you are concerned that you may be suffering from complications. Remember that not many doctors understand or acknowledge these complications and will not tell you that it could be your mesh implant. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
In late October/November 2016, another mesh injured woman (my beautiful friend Toni) and myself will be travelling around parts of Australia in a campervan to make a film documentary about pelvic mesh injured women and how it has changed their lives. If you would like to be part of this documentary, please contact me.
Here is the link to the fundraiser The Transvaginal Mesh Decade Fundraiser