Continence Matters surgeons have not placed vaginal mesh implants for the treatment of prolapse. Vaginal mesh implants for prolapse are no longer available in Australia.
Vaginal mesh implants for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence have not been banned. Following the Australian Government senate inquiry these are still an available treatment option for women. The majority of patients with vaginal mesh slings/tapes for stress incontinence have not had complications.
Continence Matters surgeons are able to discuss and offer various non-surgical and surgical treatment options available to women with Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Continence Matters surgeons are able to treat women with complications from vaginal mesh implants.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has produced these linked documents for patients about the treatment options for stress urinary incontinence and about mesh complications.
The Australian Government Therapeutic Good Administration has an excellent 'Transvaginal Surgical Mesh hub'. This directory provides a central listing of resources available to the Australian public. Please review their Facsheet: Five questions to ask your health professional before you get a medical implant.
The South Australian Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374).
Position Statements on vaginal mesh implants have been produced by the following organisations:
- Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Mesh Position Statement
- SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, & Urogenital Reconstruction) Statement on Mid-urethral Mesh Slings
- SUFU letter to FDA
- AUA Position Statement on the Use of Vaginal Mesh for the Surgical Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
- SUFU/AUGS Position Statement on Mesh Mid-urethral Slings