Category Archives: Peroneal or Fibular Nerve

26 Pelvic Mesh Complications Your Doc Never Mentioned

Welcome to the Pelvic Mesh Owner’s Guide! This page is like a Table of Contents.

Over 4.2 million women have the implants and a quarter to a third of them suffer debilitating complications while doctors say, “It’s not the mesh.” The FDA warned in both 2008 and 2011 that complications are serious. Too many women are finding out they were right all along, it is the mesh. 

If you’re having trouble with mesh, here is a list of 26 complications in the Pelvic Mesh Owner’s Guide. Sign up for updates to learn more and take the first step on your healing journey.


26 Mesh Complications Your Doctor Never Warned You About:

1) Intractable Pain (pain that doesn’t go away) – Some people wake up from implant surgery knowing something is wrong. It is too tight or the pain is beyond measuring. Part 1 talks about the post operative pain from pelvic mesh & Part 2 is one woman’s journey with pelvic mesh pain.

2) Excessive BleedingBleeding happens but when is it too much? When to call the doctor? How to regain strength after heavy bleeding

3) Urinary tract infection, Kidney infection – Urinary tract infections are serious health-risks and can involve the bladder and kidney. When mesh is stuck in the bladder it continually irritates the bladder until it is removed surgically. Learn how to prevent UTIs and test yourself at home and to distinguish a bladder infection from a kidney infection.

     4) Wound infectionsA bladder sling can act like a petri dish harboring and incubating strong, sometimes drug-resistant bacteria. Left undiagnosed, they can lead to a delay in wound healing, even open up wide and deep surgical wounds and putting your life at risk.

5) Bladder injuryA slip of the knife, a puncture from an ice-pick like trocar, sling pulled so tight that it cuts the bladder. A bladder injury is one of the most difficult to repair. One study says it happens 10% of the time, another say 75%!

6) Bowel InjuryWhen a part of the bowel is nicked, fecal matter seeps into the interior of the body, when it the diagnosis is delayed or completely missed, patients become extremely ill.

7) Fistula (a hole between two organs) – Imagine your urine draining out of your vagina or your stool coming out. Fistula is all to common and deeply embarrassing for women.

8) Wound Opening Up After Stitches(also called dehiscence) – You think your surgery is healing and you are trying to get back on your feet and back to normal. Then your wound starts to open up. Dehiscence delays healing for a very long time.

9) Erosion – (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion) As many as one patient in three experiences erosion from mesh. Would you agree to mesh if you were told the odds that you wouldn’t enjoy sex ever again were one in three?

10) Incontinence “I sneeze, I pee.”The odds that mesh surgery won’t cure your incontinence is the same as other surgical repairs: one in three.

11) Urinary Retention “I can’t pee right.”A mesh that is implanted too tight can slow down or stop your urine stream for about four percent of patients. Why does your surgeons “handedness” (right- or left-handed) affect your outcome?

12) Dyspareunia – pain during sexual intercourse One study found 26% of women found sex too painful after mesh surgery.

13) Multiple surgeriesWhen things go wrong, often the solution is another surgery and another. Some women have had over a dozen surgeries to correct mesh complications. More surgery = more scarring.

14) Vaginal scarring/shrinkage – Vaginal scarring: one of the most emotionally and physically difficult problems to heal.

15) Emotional DamageNaturally, an injury to a woman’s re-creative center causes emotional pain but can we allow doctors to blame the women?

16) Neuro-muscular problems – nerve damageStinging, burning, pins-and-needles, numbness all are signs of nerve damage. Even the way your body was positioned during surgery can cause nerve damage.

17) Obturator Nerve – Symptoms in your mid-thighs (saddle region).

18) Ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric Nerve – Symptoms in your pubic region.

19) Genitofemoral Nerve – Symptoms in your inner groin.

20) Femoral Nerve – Symptoms in your outer thighs

21) Pudendal Nerve Entrapment – Symptoms in your “sit spot.”

22) Fibular Neuropathy – Symptoms on the outside lower legs

23) Saphenous Nerve – Symptoms on your inner lower legs

24) Piriformis Syndrome – Symptoms across your buttocks.

25) Sciatica – Symptoms all the way down your leg.

26) Peripheral Neuropathy – Symptoms from the bottom of your feet and up your legs, even your hands can be involved.


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, check the list of support groups here.

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Please, No Fibbing About Fibular Neuropathy

I have lower my head and confess that I used to be confused about the peroneal nerve: today’s mesh trouble. Okay, I thought it affected the perineum. You know what they say about making assumptions, right? Makes a gluteus maximus out of “u” and “me.” Okay, here’s the truth: the pudendal nerve serves the perineum and the peroneal nerve served the lower, outer leg and foot but, that’s not completely true any more. In 1998 scientists decided to change the name of the nerve to the fibular nerve and thought that should clear things up, right? Well, no. The scientists didn’t count on all the old doctors who were forgetting the new name and still calling it the peroneal nerve. For today’s blog, I’ll call it the fibular nerve.

Isn’t that what this blog is all about? Taking a close look at confusing and contradictory things that the medical profession says and sorting them out a bit so you can know what to do next?

Fibular nerve injury

Your common fibular nerve is a division of your sciatic nerve which travels near the outside of your biceps muscle to the outer side of your knee and then branches to the side of you lower leg before entering your toes. The nerve gives off branches along its way. The nerve can be injured at any level during surgery, or due to trauma or stretching.

In most cases, fibular nerve neuropathy, or fibular neuropathy, causes weakness in your ankle, trouble when you try to lift up your toes (dorsiflexion) as well as “foot drop.” Fibular nerve problems can create changes in sensation and movement to the outside surface of your foot and ankle as well as your outer three toes. One woman with fibular sensory changes said she felt like there was a blanket over the bottom of her leg all the time.

Fibular neuropathy is often misdiagnosed as sciatica, other nerve problems or systemic diseases. The most common injury causing fibular neuropathy is trauma, stretching, or compression at the top of your fibula (lower leg bone).
Diagnosing fibular nerve damage includes carefully listening to your description  of your symptoms, discussion of your past medical problems, and physical and neurological exams. Xray and MRI help narrow down the diagnosis but the most reliable diagnostic tool is the electromyogram because specific techniques can be used to determine how much recovery can be predicted for your particular injury.

Although there are many causes of Foot Drop, fibular nerve injury is the most frequent. Foot Drop is not itself a disease, but a symptom. Walking is a challenge with Foot Drop because you can’t control your ankle and you may develop a high-stepping gait in order to compensate. Some causes of Foot Drop are compression from a disc herniation, trauma to the sciatic nerve, bone fractures, crush-type injures, lacerations, among many others.

•    Decreased sensation, numbness, or tingling in the top of your foot or the outer part of your upper or lower leg
•    Foot that drops (unable to hold your foot up)
•    “Slapping” gait (walking pattern in which each step makes a slapping noise)
•    Toes drag while walking
•    Walking problems
•    Weakness of the ankles or feet
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Treatment is determined by the cause of the fibular neuropathy. It is is due to compression, relief of the compression may involve surgery. Strengthening exercises can help improve function, stretching to maintain your ability to move your ankle in all directions can limit contractures. Orthotics, including a lateral wedge shoe insert can help. More complex surgeries include neurolysis, nerve repair and nerve and tendon transfers.

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, check the list of support groups here.

Subscribe to to learn more about pelvic mesh. I’d like to hear from you if you are helped by what you read here or if you need to know more about any particular topic. Comment below or email me privately at