12 Pelvic Mesh Common Complications That Should Make You Think Twice

Plastics and human flesh, what could possibly go wrong? Ever since the day you had mesh implanted, you’ve had no end of troubles but your doctor says, “It’s not mesh related.”

Severe and life-threatening mesh complications are more frequent and widespread than doctors realize. Here are a dozen mesh problems that women have reported to the FDA:

    1.    Excessive Bleeding
    2.    Infections:    
            ⁃    Urinary tract infection, Kidney infection
            ⁃    Wound infections
    3.    Organ perforation
            ⁃    Bladder injury
            ⁃    Bowel Injury
            ⁃    Fistula (a hole between two organs)
    4.    Wound Opening Up After Stitches –  (also called dehiscence)
    5.    Erosion – (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion)
    6.    Bladder problems:
            ⁃    Incontinence “I sneeze, I pee.”
            ⁃    Urinary Retention “I can’t pee right.”
    7.    Dyspareunia – pain during sexual intercourse
    8.    Intractable painPart 1 & Part 2
    9.    Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
    10.   Emotional Damage
    11.    Multiple surgeries
    12.    Neuro-muscular problems – nerve damage
              ⁃    Can’t sit down
              ⁃    Can’t walk
              ⁃    Wheelchair bound

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Most of these complications will require additional intervention, including medical or surgical treatment and hospitalizations.

About complete/full removals vs partial removals:

I think it is crucial to let you know the best best surgeons are saying that a complete removal of pelvic mesh is the only solution.  This is not the usual or accepted intervention done by most medical centers. In January of 2011, the National Institute of Health published this statement. “Complications seemed to be more frequent in the group with complete mesh excision, although this difference was not statistically significant.” I strongly recommend you print it out and take it to your surgeon when you are discussing solutions to mesh problems. Tell him/her that complications from complete removals are not statistically different from chipping away at the problem, setting up the patient for multiple surgeries and thereby spreading toxins and infections.


Peggy Day is working on a book to combine all these stories. This is an excerpt from Pelvis in Flames: Your Pelvic Mesh Owner’s Guide. Your input is welcome to help make Pelvis in Flames the book you need to read.

If you’d like to join an online support group and learn about erosion, partial removals, surgeons, or just find out that you are not alone, join my group, Surgical Mesh or check the list of support groups here.

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3 responses to “12 Pelvic Mesh Common Complications That Should Make You Think Twice

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  2. I ended up developing a lump in my neck 6 months after polypropylene mesh inserted for hernia repair. After 7 months I wheezed when exercising. At 9 months, I physically crashed. Who has had their polyprolene mesh removed and had their hashimoto’s antibodies normalize over time? Now I have multiple chemical and food sensitivities, I was never like this before all this. This is ridiculous. I went three months free of coffee, goat milk, soy, gluten and all grains except for rice and hardly any falling off the wagon on this… I was feeling so much better. Now in the last few days, I caved in and have had organic coffee, goat milk and some organic popcorn or organic corn chips, and my thyroid is swollen again and I feel the symptoms returning.

    Seriously, this is riduclous. All my life I ate whatever I wanted… Something has changed… Is it because of the mesh? Did the mesh flip the hashsimoto’s genes on?

    • Hashimotos, as you know, is an autoimmune disease and I’ve found it in increasing numbers of women with pelvic mesh. Once started, autoimmune diseases take on a life of their own. Hope you read the page on autoimmune disease. and you can see an endocrinologist.

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