Pelvic Mesh…a netted material used to repair weak organs in males or females. Sounds like someone went fishing. I had a bladder sling made of this so called miracle mesh and it caused me nothing but pain and heartache. I dealt with it for over a year. The doctor that placed the mesh kept telling me there was nothing wrong even though I explained the pain to him. He would say, “it feels fine”…but I kept telling him it doesn’t feel fine to me. The pain is still there.
The idea of the mesh is to be a “microwave quick fix” material to make repairs instead of using a person’s own tissues. It is supposed to stay in place and be flexible. The problem is that it hardens and doesn’t do what they claim. The mesh material hardened and caused pain that is really hard to explain, but let me say this…it caused chronic inflammation in my bladder which made it more uncomfortable. The doctor that placed the sling told me I just so happen to develop interstitial cystitis and wasn’t related to the sling. I wanted to smack him. Instead I just let myself absorb the anger I felt and walked out the door with a referral to see a Urologist.
The Urologist didn’t know what was wrong either. After several visits with him, he told me nothing was wrong, however he determined that the SUI (stress urinary incontinence) had returned. It was the reason they placed the sling in the first place. I really struggled with myself. I started thinking it was all in my head. I did some research and found that so many people had the same problems. I wasn’t alone.
The FDA gave a warning against the mesh, but refuse to ban it completely. What a joke.
Again…I was referred to another doctor, but this time it was to see a specialist at Loma Linda Urology Department. I felt a spark of hope at this point. I don’t know why, but I thought since it was with Loma Linda I might have something to look forward to. I met the new doctor. She was my angel. She did several tests and my relief was on it’s way. She told me that the sling caused chronic inflammation in my bladder and some other issues. This doctor recommended the sling be removed and the repairs to be made with my own tissues. I had the surgery this month and already I’m feeling so much better. I actually broke down in my hospital room when the Doctor told me she was able to remove all of the mesh and now I was on the road to recovery.
Thank you, Dr. Andrea Staack for being my angel. Thank God for leading me straight to her to give me my life back. Everyone at Loma Linda University is exceptionally caring.
Maybe someday the FDA will ban this product and people won’t have to suffer with the results of Pelvic Mesh.