So frustrating to STILL find articles constantly, like this recent one dated May 15, 2016, on “Fosters.com”, titled, “Talking about bladder issues can help“, where Dr. Bill Johnson, a physician at Atlantic Urology Associates in NH, states:
“We can place a hammock/sling in the urethra to replace the anatomy problem. It is not associated with the legal issues going on now over vaginal mesh inserts. It is not the same thing. That had been used for prolapse, a much more serious problem.”
Oh really? I’d like to know what exact kind of “hammock” or “sling” he’s referring to?? Because the fact of the matter is that there are MANY mesh slings for SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence) that ARE in litigation, because they are also causing major complications. I personally suffered severe complications from a mesh sling used for SUI, not prolapse. I have met countless others in the online support groups that are suffering from all kinds of mesh, NOT just prolapse mesh kits. Even some of the newest, smallest, SIMS (Single-incision Mini-slings) cause mesh complications too, and have lawsuits against them.
In Dr. Johnson’s defense, he is not alone in this thinking. MANY doctors are promoting “new” mesh, or mesh for “SUI” as being safe. Something I have mentioned, okay complained about, many times in previous blog posts over the last few years. It makes it even more frustrating that this continues, years later, despite all the lawsuits, research, and reported complications that show that mesh is, in fact, very risky (yes, even mesh tapes/slings for SUI).
Comments are turned off for the article. If they were not, I would like to Dr. Johnson, and other doctors that still promote mesh for SUI a few things. Like;
- “Why is it Okay to Use Mesh For SUI, but Too Risky for POP?“. In this post, from January 2015, I not only ask some questions that I’d seriously like some answers to myself, but give some facts and links to FDA warnings. (https://meshmenot.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/mesh-for-sui-but-too-risky-for-pop/)
- I’d like to also tell Dr. Johnson, and any readers a few things, like how thousands of women have suffered, and continue to suffer, tremendously due to RECENT surgeries with mesh products for SUI (not just for prolapse). Products that are not only in litigation, but are also still being widely used today.
- I would like to ask him, and all doctors to STOP trying to talk women into having surgery that has known “NOT RARE” complications (according to the FDA), and unnecessarily risking their lives (yes their LIVES, because mesh complications are so severe that they can permanently change your life for the worse!), just to help with leaking when they sneeze, etc. Especially when the FDA warns there is NO evidence that mesh provided any greater clinical benefit than non-mesh surgeries.
To anyone that is having problems with SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence)/ leaking urine – by all means – please seek help. Talk to a doctor. But, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. And, don’t be afraid to talk to more than one doctor. Try to find a doctor that advises you try NON-surgical treatments first – Pelvic PT, a pessary. Surgery should always be the last resort, and any doctor that makes it sound like it’s “no big deal”, or downplays the non-surgical remedies, may not be looking out for your best interest. When/if surgery is warranted – know ALL your options – like NON-mesh repairs. Even if you love your doctor, find out exactly what product they plan to use, and research that. Doctors may not always have all the facts.
Please beware of claims for “less invasive” surgeries for POP, SUI, and even Hernia that involve medical/surgical mesh. “Less invasive” sounds good, at first… but, basically just means the mesh is easier for them to put IN you. That doesn’t mean it will work better, or last any longer than non-mesh repairs (FDA & many studies show there’s no evidence it does). It also will certainly NOT be “less invasive” if you have some of those “NOT rare” complications, and need that mesh taken OUT (next to impossible).
While any surgery comes with risks, surgery with MESH comes with many extra, and NOT RARE (according to the FDA), risks involving mesh erosion. And, if most people understood just what that meant, and how severe those complications can be – they would run the other way from this “quick, easy, less-invasive” surgery with mesh (tape, patch, sling, etc.)!
Speaking as someone who suffered complications form mesh, and knows many many more who have suffered, I do not believe the “new mesh” or “less invasive” surgeries using mesh are worth the risks. Please read this post, Top 10 Things to Know About Mesh BEFORE Having Surgery for POP or SUI, for more information before you make your own decisions. I hope once you know the facts, you will try to find a doctor to do the repairs without mesh if you really need surgery.
- Top 10 Things to Know About Mesh BEFORE Having Surgery for POP or SUI
- Doctors Promoting “New” Mesh
- AUGS – Addressing mesh complications and helping patients? or just defending mesh?
- What if Doctors Told the Truth About Mesh/Tape for SUI?
- Lawyer Ads are NOT enough! We need HELP!
- Are you a GOOD mesh? Or a BAD mesh?
- FDA warns there is NO evidence that mesh provided any greater clinical benefit than non-mesh surgeries
- Is it Just Transvaginal Mesh Causing Problems?
- SIMS (Single-incision Mini-slings) Cause Mesh Complications Too
- Why is it Okay to Use Mesh For SUI, but Too Risky for POP?
- Are you Sick and Tired of Lawyer Ads about MESH?
- Top 10 Myths Woman are Told Today about Pelvic Mesh
- Doctors Who Do NOT Use Mesh
- Finding the Right Doctor for Surgical Mesh Complications
- BROCHURES & HANDOUTS – Hernia Mesh Complications Brochure.pdf
- BROCHURES & HANDOUTS – Pelvic Mesh Complications Brochure.pdf
- Women’s POP/SUI TVMesh Complications Support (Closed Group)
- Fighters And Survivors of All Transvaginal Mesh And Hernia Mesh/Plugs (Closed Group)
- Mesh Me Not -Upstate NY (Closed Group)
- Mesh Problems (PUBLIC/OPEN TO ALL, including doctors, etc)
- More resources listed on the footer/main page of this blog!