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
⁃ 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 pain – Part 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
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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