Analysis of Mesh survey
Sample size 57 of the 197 Mesh Injured New Zealanders Anchoron the Mesh Down Under website
Non-responses and N/A not included in the percentages.
Percentages may not sum exactly to 100% due to rounding.

Table B:                Age
Age group
Age group at Implant
Current age group
30 - 39
6
3
40 - 49
28
11
50 - 59
15
23
60 - 69
8
18
70 +
0
2
TOTAL
57
57

Table :  Time (years) since operation
Year group
Number of respondents
%
0 - 4
18
31.6
5 - 9
26
45.6
10 - 14
9
15.8
15 +
4
7.0
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table D:               Gender

Number of respondents
%
Female
53
93.0
Male
4
7.0
TOTAL
57
100.0



Table H:               Type of hospital
Type of hospital
Number of respondents
%
Private
29
50.9
Public
26
45.6
Both
2
3.5
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table I:                 Diagnosis

Number of responses
%
BLadder prolapse
20
35.1
BW Bowel prolapse
12
21.1
VG Vaginal prolapse
4
7.0
UTerine prolapse
3
5.3
SUI – TVT/tape
12
21.1
INGuinal hernia
9
15.8
INScisional hernia
7
12.3
ABDominal hernia
2
3.5
Breast reconstruction
1
1.8
Percentages do not sum to 100% as respondents may have multiple diagnoses.


Table L:                   Advised of potential risks associated with mesh use

Number of respondents
%
Yes
6
10.5
No
50
87.7
Don’t know
1
1.8
TOTAL
57
100.0


Table N:     Offered Alternative

Number of respondents
%
Yes
5
8.8
No
52
91.2
Don’t know


TOTAL
57
100.0


Table P:                                Alternative encouraged

Number of respondents
%
Encouraged
2
3.5
Discouraged
4
7.0
Not discussed
51
89.5
TOTAL
57
100.0

POST OPERATIVE SYMPTOMS
Table R                 Pain

Number of respondents
%
Yes
53
93.0
No
4
7.0
No response
-
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table S:                                Erosion

Number of respondents
%
Yes
25
44.6
No
31
55.4
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table T:                                Hematoma

Number of respondents
%
Yes
11
19.6
No
45
80.4
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table U:             Recurrence

Number of respondents
%
Yes
25
44.6
No
31
55.4
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table V:                Infection

Number of respondents
%
Yes
27
48.2
No
29
51.8
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table W:              Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Number of respondents
%
Yes
23
41.1
No
33
58.9
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0




Table X:                Voiding dysfunction

Number of respondents
%
Yes
27
48.2
No
29
51.8
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table Y:         Painful Intercourse/Intercourse impossible

Number of respondents
%
Yes
38
67.9
No
18
32.1
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table Z:                 Unexpected bleeding

Number of respondents
%
Yes
15
26.8
No
41
73.2
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AA:            Incontinence (urinary & faecal)

Number of respondents
%
Yes
25
44.6
No
31
55.4
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0





Table AD:                            Told GP

Number of respondents
%
Yes
44
78.6
No
12
21.4
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AF:                             Told Implant surgeon

Number of respondents
%
Yes
57
100.0
No
0
0.0
No response
0
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AG:                            Told different surgeon

Number of respondents
%
Yes
20
35.7
No
36
64.3
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AH:                            Told other Health Practitioner

Number of respondents
%
Yes
12
21.1
No
45
78.9
TOTAL
57
100.0



Table AJ:              GP aware of surgical Mesh Complications & symptoms

Number of respondents
%
Yes
7
15.9
No
33
75.0
Don’t know
4
9.1
N/A
12
-
No response
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AL:             Went to another (health practitioner)  

Number of respondents
%
Yes
41
15.6
No
16
75.6
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AN:            Taken seriously by Implant Surgeon     

Number of respondents
%
Yes
12
21.4
No
41
73.2
Don’t know
3
5.4
N/A
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0



Table AP:             Identification time of surgical mesh complications

Number of respondents
%
Immediate
11
19.6
Up to 3 mths
5
8.9
3 – 12 mths
11
19.6
Over 12 mths
28
50.0
Don’t know
1
1.8
N/A
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AS:         Surgical diagnosis for Post Op Symptoms

Number of respondents
%
Yes
29
50.9
No
28
49.1
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AT:         Non-surgical diagnosis for Post Op symptoms      

Number of respondents
%
Yes
44
77.2
No
13
22.8
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table AV:            Excision of mesh suggested

Number of respondents
%
Yes
41
74.5
No
13
23.6
Y / N
1
1.8
N/A
2
-
TOTAL
57
100.0


Table AW:           Proceeded with excision of mesh

Number of respondents
%
Yes
33
80.5
No
8
19.5
No response
1
-
N/A
15
-
TOTAL
57
100.0



Table AX:            Excision – Partial or complete

Number of respondents
%
Partial
21
55.3
Complete
7
18.4
Both
3
7.9
Neither
1
2.6
No response
2
5.3
N/A
19
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BB:             More surgical intervention required     
Number of additional surgeries
Number of respondents
%
0
11
19.3
1
18
  31.6
2
8
14.0
3
7
12.3
4
3
5.3
5
3
5.3
6
2
3.5
7
2
3.5
10
1
1.8
11
1
1.8
71
1
1.8
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BC:             Improvement in symptoms

Number of respondents
%
Yes
21
48.8
No
17
39.5
Y & N
5
11.6
N/A
14
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BE:            Told total mesh excision achieved

Number of respondents
%
Yes
14
42.4
No
15
45.5
Y & N
1
3.0
Don’t know
3
9.1
No response
1
-
N/A
23
-
TOTAL
57
100.0


Table BG:   Removal of sutures, arms, staples etc.

Number of respondents
%
Yes
5
14.7
No
18
52.9
Y & N
1
2.9
Don’t know
10
29.4
No response
1
-
N/A
22
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BH:   Further mesh found after told complete excision achieved

Number of respondents
%
Yes
7
38.9
No
5
27.8
Don’t know
6
33.3
No response
2
-
N/A
37
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BI:              New auto immune diagnosis

Number of respondents
%
Yes
9
16.1
No
14
25.0
Don’t know
33
58.9
N/A
1
-
TOTAL
57
100.0



Table BK:             ACC claim made
Claim made
Number of respondents
%
Yes
42
73.7
No
15
26.3
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BL:        Outcome of ACC claim lodged
Outcome
Number of claims
%*
Accepted
22
57.9
Reviewed and accepted
4
10.5
Declined
10
26.3
Reviewed and declined
2
5.3
Pending
3
-
No response
1
-
TOTAL
42

*Percentages out of the 38 known outcomes of claims lodged



Table BN:            Mental injury diagnosis

Number of respondents
%
Yes
15
26.3
No
40
70.2
Don’t know
2
3.5
TOTAL
57
100.0


Table BP:             Mental injury claim covered by ACC

Number of respondents
%
Yes
4
26.7
No
10
66.7
Don’t know
1
6.7
             N/A
42
-
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BQ:       Medsafe notified (Adverse Event Report)
Outcome
Number of respondents
%
Yes
12
21.1
No
19
33.3
Don’t know
26
50.9
TOTAL
57
100.0

Table BR:    Would like to submit (AER) to Medsafe
Outcome
Number of respondents
%
% of 40
Yes
29
50.9
72.5
No
4
7.0
10.0
Don’t know/Not sure
7
12.3
17.5
N/A
12
17.5
-
No Response
5
12.3
-
TOTAL
57
100.0
100.0

Table BS:  Were you properly informed of all potential Mesh complications relating to mesh
Outcome
Number of respondents
%
Yes
3
5.3
No
54
94.7
TOTAL
57
100.0