Adding my two cents to the mega mesh mess surrounding transvaginal mesh complications…

“Why We Can’t Trust Our Doctors: Ex-Pharma Drug Rep Tells All…”

Interesting video, titltled: “Why We Can’t Trust Our Doctors: Ex-Pharma Drug Rep Tells All…”

It’s talking about doctors and pharmaceutical reps, and drugs, but it can also be applied to the mesh manufacturer sales reps, doctors, and idea of “informed consent” as well…

I posted the following comment there (

I learned the hard way that the days of just trusting a doctor’s advice are long gone.  In my case, it wasn’t meds, but a medical device.  The fact that they will use products that have FDA warnings out on them, and NOT even bother to tell you that or about known “not rare” major complications just boggles my mind.  Even if there is “informed consent” forms there is still not any real explanation or information given, as you mentioned in this video.  It’ seems like it is just one more form to excuse them of any liability, and not really aimed to protect/inform the patient.

So, now I do my research (a little too late for some things), and try to spread the word of my own findings.  But, not everyone, especially the older generartion, knows how to really research things online… or has the time to.  Even when people DO know how to research, and do put the time in, it’s not that easy to get the help you think you need. I found that time after time most doctors were not very receptive to hear about what I had been researching/learning, and my resulting questions.  They tend to dismiss you with vague answers and a literal roll of their eyes, telling you how you can’t believe what you read on the internet… and even act like you should NOT bother because you are just worrying yourself.  I think many take it as a personal insult that you are questioning them at all.  It’s ridiculous – but, it’s the norm.  Took me a while, but I found some docs that will work with me, and not cop an attitude if their advice is questioned.

Still, ideally, you would think that we SHOULD be able to trust our doctor.  “First, do no harm”, and all that jazz.  Like a few others that commented, I also don’t like the fact that parts of this video, and the whole idea of “informed consent” often seems to put the blame back on the patient completely. As if it is their “personal responsibility” to know all about our own conditions and options and to determine what is best.  Yes, knowledge is power, and it’s in our best interest to learn as much as possible and not to blindly trust someone just because they have a white coat.  But, let’s face it – sometimes, there’s a lot to figure out, and a lot of conflicting information., and some people (a LOT of people) WILL continue to just do whatever their doctor recommends because they do trust them.  Doctors and/or manufacturers should ultimately be held accountable when that “informed consent” doesn’t happen, or when it happens without any real information, or worse yet, with incorrect information,, .

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