Doctor shocked at ‘anal sex’ remedy Outraged: Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch tells a Senate inquiry women victims of pelvic mesh surgery were advised by doctors to try anal sex as an alternative after injuries meant they could no longer have vaginal sex.
Concerns: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert confirms women advised to consider anal sex after they can no longer have vaginal sex because of pelvic mesh surgery.
Founder: Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group founder Caz Chisholm campaigned for a Senate inquiry into transvaginal mesh devices.
Injured: Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group members who campaigned for a Senate inquiry.
Concerns: A sample of pelvic mesh devices.
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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappA WESTERN Australian urogynaecologist was left speechless after Federal Senators at a pelvic mesh inquiry in Perth on Friday said women unable to have vaginal sex after mesh surgery “repeatedly” reported that their doctors suggestedanal sex as an alternative.
“I’m truly shocked a colleague would say that to a woman. I am aghast. I feel awful,” said urogynaecologist Dr Michelle Atherton, after Senator Hinch asked if that kind of response from doctors was why pelvic mesh victims felt so betrayed.
Dr Atherton, who wrote one of the earliest Australian research papers warning about serious complications in women implanted with theAustralian-invented Tissue Fixation System (TFS) device, was stunned by the suggestion.
But inquiry chair Senator Rachel Siewert said: “It’s been told to us repeatedly.”
Adelaide-based TFS Manufacturing, owned by former Australian champion basketballer and Newcastle Falcons player Paul Zadow, has appealed to the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal against the device’s cancellation in 2014. The hearing is set down for October.
The Senate inquiry on Friday heard devastating evidence from many women reporting pain so extreme that even death was welcomed, and a doctor saying some mesh victims were so desperate for relief they were “at the end of the road, like cancer”.
The hearing was told 90 per cent of women surveyed had not beenwarned of the sometimes high risk of serious pelvic mesh complications, and many women had no idea they were implanted with mesh until waking from surgery, and sometimes not until many years later.
Many women reported doctors refusing to refer them to specialists andrefusing to believe their complications were linked to mesh surgery.
Dr Michelle AthertonNewcastle Herald report confirming it was tests on 13 “mongrel dogs” in Perth that initiated an Australian pelvic mesh devicewhich went on to be registered in America, and led to the global mesh scandal.
The lack of consent by women implanted with pelvic mesh deviceswas a “public health outrage”, she said.
“Consent is based on info question and answer, with sufficient time to consider alternatives, none of which occured in my case. This is abuse and violence against women and it’s a public health outrage.”
The inquiry continues.
The Newcastle Herald.