Ladies in the U.S.A. Please take note and perhaps you can start fighting for better care all over our country. We are supposed to have the best medical care in the world, but we are hardly better off than other third world countries when it comes to mesh removal. We have to travel thousands of miles and a lot of expense to the one and only place that I know of where we stand a better chance of mesh complications, related recovery. Many women here do not have the money, insurance nor the capability to get there and to do so means everyone in the family has to be on board. That happens far less than you may know. This is how the women up there in Canada are tackling their problem.
The women of Canada are fighting hard to get their government to recognize that their care after mesh complications is less than desirable. They are gathering information to fight hard with education. So one very brave lady decided to go straight to the horses mouth, so to speak. Dr. Raz of U.C.L.A. As always this man takes time to answer every email. If you do write to him at all keep it short and concise. She asked the VERY IMPORTANT questions about the translabial ultrasound to detect where the mesh is and what it is doing inside a woman’s body. You should also realize that even if they say they can do it and he emails them the instructions, the people who actually do the test are not trained to understand how to see it including the doctors. IF they continue to put this mesh in us, it is time for the mesh manufacturers to pay to have all the doctors and anyone doing these tests, trained in every aspect of removal. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF POOR AND SHODDY TREATMENT.
The following is the exact questions this lady asked and you will see Dr. Raz’s answers following.
Dr Raz. We in Saskatchewan are having a hard time to convince our Government and doctors of the importance of the translabial ultrasound for locating the mesh. To my knowledge and as confirmed by a number of doctors in Canada, translabial ultra sound is not used here for mesh.
These are her questions.
Would you kindly answer the following two questions for me so I can submit this email as an aide in our applications.
1. Based on your knowledge and expertise, is it possible to locate all the mesh without a translabial ultrasound?
2. Based on your knowledge and expertise is it more necessary to preform a complete or partial mesh removal and why?
On behalf of over a hundred women across Canada, thank you in advance for your attention and time. You are a blessing to us all!
The translabial ultrasound is the only way to see mesh. No other test can detect it. The operation can be done without it but will be less desirable.
For patients with pain, partial removal of the mesh is not curing the condition. All the mesh should be removed ant this is what I would recommend.
Shlomo Raz M.D. Professor of Urology
Chief Division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Director Fellowship Program
Department of Urology UCLA School of Medicine
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 140
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone 310-794-0208 Fax 310-794-0211
I say to all the Canadian women who are working so hard to change things for EVERY woman. I applaud and congratulate you. I hope you will be heard. You deserve the changes that I hope your hard work will bring you all.
In case you have not read the blog I wrote back in February 2012, it is time for you to get educated where ever you live about this test.
You also need to understand the questions you MUST ask of any doctor who you choose to do your removal. Stop having multiple surgeries. You will always be unwell without full mesh removal and have a great deal more scar tissue to contend with. Dr. Raz is not a miracle worker. The more surgeries you have, the harder it will be for him to give you the help you truly need. Read these questions.
http://teapapers.com/bladdersling/2012/02/questions-to-ask-before-mesh-removal Start your new life now by going where you will get the best treatment possible.
Go Canadians, GO!
If you live in Canada and have mesh related complications or think you may have, please contact me via email and I will send it on the these great women.