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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 Bleeding – Bleeding 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 infections – A 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 injury – A 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 Injury – When 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.
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.
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?
13) Multiple surgeries – When 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.
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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This blog contains first-hand opinions about pelvic surgical mesh from a calliope of experience: from 10 years of meetings, phone calls, emails and social network with mesh victims, interviews with surgeons, years of front-line emergency nurse work and early work in biostatistics and medical research, to walking the mesh walk today. I’ve learned about the magnificent inner strength of women facing unparalleled and unimaginable pelvic injuries and, along with it physical, emotional, social and spiritual challenges that would buckle the knees of the bravest soldier. These women inspire me in their tenacity and unwillingness to let go of the true joy in their lives.
To those women, I dedicate this blog.