There are so many women struggling hour by hour, trying to find the money to get out to UCLA for a consult and then removal surgery and what it makes you realize is this. That mesh is worth far more money than gold! It begins with the manufacturers who make these small pieces of mesh that cost upwards of two thousand on your top of your original surgery bill. One woman told me it was on her bill for $2,500.00. I cannot believe that this small piece of open weave mesh weighs any more than one ounce and I just Googled to find that one ounce of gold on January 24th 2013 was worth $1,667.00. When you think of all the costs of removing the mesh and the health costs of continual treatment for mesh complications, a small piece of mesh is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. These treatments can go on upwards of ten to forty years for some women because it was put into them when they were very young. Knowing this, would it not make sense that our government and the FDA would outlaw this awful product? Yes to you and me, the sufferers of these products it would, but not to those you continue to make money from our declining health and our pain. Believe me there are many of them who wait in line.
I just received my first statements for my removal surgery costs. Fortunately I made sure that I bought the best insurance supplement I could so that I would not be crying every time the mailman delivered my mail. It is shocking how much each test costs and how much money our government is billed. Do I feel bad about that? No I do not. They should never allow implant products to be used if they are not sound and safe. These products have been proven that they are doing terrible things to our bodies and they should STOP allowing these products on the market.
I can tell you that I do not begrudge UCLA and their surgeons one penny of what they receive. The surgeons receive a salary of which they EARN. Until I went out there for help, I never felt that way about anyone in the medical field. I was shown compassion from the word go. I was believed. I was not told “You must have had these problems before the sling was put into you”. I was not told “Here you need antidepressant pills”. I was offered help and I was given hope.
Many of you have expressed you cannot go out to UCLA for treatment. I have said before that you are worth the best treatment possible. You have to believe it to make it happen for you. I can’t do that for you and neither can anyone else. I have learned recently from one woman who has Medicaid in her State that she had to gather the money together for her first consult and of course expenses. She did whatever she could and she went there. With the diagnosis given by Dr. Raz that it needed to come out, she gave them her State Medicaid card and they took it from there. She will now have full mesh removal by Dr. Raz before too long. So the answer to anyone who says “I can’t go”, is this. Beg for help from anyone you know. I already wrote a blog to help you with this, but you have to decide if you are worth saving. I can’t do it for you.
Remember this. You are worth more than the price of gold to more people than the mesh manufacturers. Those people are your family.