I dedicate this blog to all the young women who can no longer care for their children because of bladder sling mesh. For all the women who have lost their careers because they can no longer work, because of mesh. For all the women who should be enjoying their retirement years and their grandchildren but cannot because of mesh. For all the elderly women who are living a life of pain that no one understands and there is no chance of a surgery to remove it, all because of mesh.
Please understand I am not a doctor nor am I giving you medical advice. All I want is that you are educated BEFORE you have a sling implanted in your body.
For this blog I want to write for women who have NOT had sling implants but are considering a hysterectomy. I am writing because you are in the danger zone for bladder sling mesh and it’s complications. This is because most doctors who do this surgery will automatically place a sling implant in your body at the same time that they remove your female organs. This is because when they do the latter, your bladder stands a good chance of dropping where your organs once were. This is why you MUST understand what a hysterectomy is and if it is needed before you commit to it.
If you fall into this category, then before you choose to do this, go to this site. http://www.hersfoundation.com/contact.html Or you can call them for information, this is their contact details
422 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: ( 610 ) 667-7757
Toll Free: ( 888 ) 750-HERS or ( 888 ) 750-4377
What is a bladder sling you ask? It is a mesh product made from synthetic polypropylene mesh which basically is a soft plastic mesh fabric which once placed in your body will almost immediately begin attaching itself to your bladder. I did not understand this myself until after my surgery. Once the sling is inside you, it will attach itself to the bladder and anything close by. It cannot be removed in a simple operation. It takes huge skill and without that skill you will have many partial mesh removal surgeries. I know for a fact that one woman has had seventeen surgeries. Yes, 17!
Click on this link to view a photo of one type of mesh made by Boston Scientific. new bladder sling It looks soft and harmless and would seemingly hold the bladder in a comfortable position. What you must understand that it has to be attached to your pelvis. To do this there are two arms/anchors to hold it in place.
For some women the complications begin immediately For others it takes five to seven years before the complications occur. However for some it happens even later. Just because you have had a calm period does not mean you are out of the woods. Often the pain begins slowly and numerous normal tests will not reveal any signs of problems. The bad part of this is that women are then perceived as having this ‘all in their heads’. In this country, women are either turned away and left to suffer or given anti depressants and/or pain killers, many of which are addictive. In Canada I have been told that women are given one or more mental evaluations to see if they are making it all up and they have to fight to be believed. This is just another assault on women’s rights.
Symptoms of mesh complications. Women have reported to me over time that their sling has caused severe headaches, lupus and other immune disorders and of course endless agonizing pain in their groin, thigh, hip, pelvic area, back, legs and even neck and shoulder pain. This is because over time the mesh will shrink and harden and cause tremendous complications. Women have told me that childbirth or cancer was never as bad as the pain they had with mesh complications.
I hope this blog has brought you some reality. If you find this blog before you have any surgery, you can now make an INFORMED choice.
I care what happens to you and all women.