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 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.
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 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.
14) Vaginal scarring/shrinkage – Vaginal scarring: one of the most emotionally and physically difficult problems to heal.
15) Emotional Damage – Naturally, 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 damage – Stinging, 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.
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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