What to do if you suspect you have been injured by surgical MESH
This page is for you if you have recently learned about the adverse events occurring from mesh surgery (please note the Australian Government has only recently responded to mesh injury in transvaginal/pelvic mesh, however Mesh Injured Australia believes this is indicative of ALL mesh implants if you are reacting to them).
Click on one (or all) of the links below which will take you to various documents outlining possible symptoms of mesh injury / complications:
What your journey and investigations may have looked like until now
- It may help to print off some of these resources to show friends and family or medical and health professionals to better assist you
Obtain your hospital records from the operating hospital. Click the link below to follow the guidelines to obtaining your operation record.
This is essential* to understand what type of mesh is in your body and the make and manufacturer if you seek legal recourse in the future
If you have a Johnson and Johnson mesh click here as Shine are closing applications for the current class action on 9th April 2020 and you need to register to “opt out”.
If you are sure or suspect that you have been injured by your mesh implant it is imperative that you report this to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), who are collecting this data about the safety of all types of mesh and they report back to the Government. Read and present your information carefully as the TGA or manufacturers representatives (via the TGA) may contact you about your report.
If you need help with this process (many of us have) please email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our volunteers will assist you – you need your operation notes (the barcode of your implant) and around 15 minutes in front of your internet device.
If you haven’t already visited your GP, here is a brief outline of how and what to discuss to help explain your condition
If you seek to bring legal action make sure your GP notes all of your symptoms and records all of your health visits, it may help to make a timeline for ourselves of when we had surgery, what symptoms we experienced and when they occurred and what help we have sought so far.
Other helpful information
MIA’s website is filled with useful information, research and processes that have been gathered whilst assisting others, we invite you to browse the tabs of the site relevant to you.
However here are two links in particular that people find most helpful and relatable.
- Identifying with others and understanding you are not alone: https://meshinjuredaustralia.org.au/stories/
- How to discuss what you are going through with family and friends: https://meshinjuredaustralia.org.au/talking-to-friends-and-family-about-mesh/
Please join our facebook pages (national support group and Link to meet and share with others
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.