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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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If you feel tight stretching across your lower back, the piriformis may be to blame. The piriformis is a flat, triangular shaped muscle that runs parallel to the floor when you’re standing, under the gluteus maximus muscle. It starts at your lower spine and connects with the top surface of each femur. It helps you rotate your hip and turn your leg and foot outward. It across your sciatic nerve directly beneath it so many times a piriformis syndrome is confused with sciatic problems. Because it is so close to the largest nerve in your body, it can cause pain in some people.
Whether or not piriformis syndrome is related to mesh surgeries or long hours spent in unnatural positions for many mesh surgeries has not yet been established, but it is often found in personal narratives from mesh-affect women. The exact causes of piriformis syndrome are not yet known but some who treat it suggest it is from: irritation of the piriformis muscle itself, or irritation to a nearby structure such as the sacroiliac joint or hip, tightness or injury of the muscle in response to an injury, or bleeding the the area of the muscle. The piriformis syndrome is believed to be a “functional entrapment syndrome.
• Pain behind your hip in your buttocks
• Electric shock-like pain traveling down the back of your leg
• Numbness in one or both legs
• Tenderness when pressure is applied t0 your piriformis muscle
• Pain while sitting on hard chairs
While there are no specific tests to accurately diagnose piriformis syndrome, doctors sometimes order MRIs and nerve conduction studies, often with normal results. Because it’s so difficult to diagnose, piriformis syndrome is often missed or diagnosed in someone who does not have the condition.
Treatment includes rest, physical therapy to stretch and straighten hip rotator muscles, anti-inflammatory medication, deep massage, or cortisone injections into the area of the pitiformis tendon. Surgery to loosen the tendon is rarely performed and usually only after six months with other treatments which have failed. Recovery from that surgery takes several months.
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.