Five years ago Gai Thompson warned Australia’s peak health bodies of a looming disaster involving women receiving mesh device implants to treat common problems after pregnancy, birth and hysterectomies.
This week Mrs Thompson and others are speaking publicly for the first time as they plan a rally in Canberra and call for a formal inquiry into the health regulators and medical bodies they say have failed them.
IN Canberra on Wednesday two groups will meet – the health regulator that approved pelvic mesh devices a decade ago without clinical evidence, and the women dealing with the catastrophic consequences.
The women, members of the Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group, will tell senior Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) representatives many of their members can no longer work or have sex, are in constant and shocking pain, suffer debilitating infections, or have been told there is nothing doctors can do for them.
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IN 2003 the Australian regulator responsible for ensuring only safe and effective medicines and medical devices are approved for the Australian market registered a medical device to treat women’s prolapse – the pelvic weakness that can occur after pregnancy or childbirth.
The mesh tape device approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) was related to mesh devices used to treat urinary incontinence.
More than 40 transvaginal – through the vagina – mesh tape devices for use in prolapse surgery were on the market by the time alarm bells were ringing less than a decade later in Australia and America.
This article is ByDebCNY • 2014/11/23 from her blog www.meshmenot.wordpress.com
Women suffering from mesh complications often have difficulty finding a doctor who will acknowledge that their pain IS being caused by the mesh. When their pain and problems are finally acknowledged as being mesh-related (often when the doctor can actually visibly see the mesh eroding into their vaginal wall and there is NO denying it), what they are usually offered as treatment is a “partial removal”, or a “revision”.
byJef FeeleyBoston Scientific Corp. must pay $100 million to a Delaware woman who blamed the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts for leaving her in constant pain and unable to have sex, in the first verdict after the company agreed to begin settling cases over the devices, and the biggest yet.
A glass box engraved with “Another girl saved by the sling slayer” sits outside the surgeon’s office. A patient was so grateful after Dr. Dionysios Veronikis removed her painful pelvic mesh, she gave the box to him along with purple wooden hearts for others to sign and drop in after their surgeries.
My name is Caz. I had a TVT-O implant in a Perth hospital in January 2014. Here is my story.
I had stress urinary incontinence and couldn’t run or kick a ball with my son for 12 years after child birth. I decided to have surgery to fix it. The surgeon recommended this TVT-O but the operation didn’t go to plan.