6: Surgery Using Mesh for Recurrent Prolapse
Prof Haylen does not use mesh for prolapse surgeries. He is confident in the use of the patient’s own (native) tissues using the measurement and surgical techniques he has developed. These give consistent and reliable anatomical results as weaknesses (“defects”) are measured and corrected at the time of surgery.
Prof Haylen has seen (for over 13 years) many patients with problems from prior mesh insertion. Symptoms include pain, mesh exposure, bleeding and discharges. In a high percentage of these women, there is a recurrence of the original or a new prolapse problem. He is confident in being able to manage these issues as well as restoring vaginal anatomy and function in most cases. He understands that women with these complications have, at times, have suffered long term physical and emotional distress.
7: Vaginal Mesh Removal
Prof Haylen has extensive experience (over 10 years) in removing vaginal mesh. He welcomes new patients who have incurred complications from vaginal mesh surgery.
Following the 2017 Senate enquiry into transvaginal mesh implants, it has been clear that there are a large number of women (estimated around 100,000 with implants), a percentage of which (conservatively 10%) may have mesh complications.
Professor Haylen will commit to greater involvement to assisting women with vaginal mesh complications by creating an additional entity, the MATER VAGINAL MESH COMPLICATION CLINIC. The phone number for this Clinic is: 02 9950 4610. It will be based in the Mater Clinic, (Suite 1.05) 3-9 Gillies Street, North Sydney.
Professor Haylen will bring the experience of 30 years as one of the leading urogynaecologists in Australia, the last 10 years of which have involved the management of vaginal mesh complications.