Michael Bardsley recently gave an evening education session to a group of GP’s, nurses, and physiotherapists from the Western District in Ararat. The topic of the session was “Pelvic Organ Prolapse - the Vaginal Mesh saga”. Michael spoke generally about prolapse (this is an extremely common problem with about 11% of all women in Australia requiring surgery for prolapse in their lifetime), and about current treatments available, both surgical and non-surgical. He then went on to explain how the use of mesh in the vagina evolved from the early days, and the problems that unfortunately have occurred in some cases.
The 13 Senate Enquiry recommendations were explained, which have largely resulted in the use of all transvaginal implants being severely restricted. Lastly, he gave an overview of what current mesh products are authorised for use. These include “slings” for incontinence, which have been available now for 20+ years and which have a well demonstrated safety record as long as they are inserted by appropriately trained surgeons, along with mesh placed from above for prolapse (“sacral colpopexy”). The talk included some video of Michael performing surgery.
If you are experiencing prolapse symptoms or incontinence all of the OGB Specialists are able to examine you and give appropriate advice. If you do require surgery then be reassured that the OGB doctors have extensive experience and that the risks are low. Please see your GP if you need a referral.
OGB Specialists are committed to teaching the next generation of nursing and medical specialists to ensure that the women of our region are provided the best of care into the future. We love to interact with the local GP’s and support them in their efforts to improve Womens’ Health!
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