Surgery, regardless of how minor, is still surgery. Right?
There are risks. If there is surgical mesh involved (which includes “tape” and “slings”) there are “ADDED RISKS” (according to the FDA warnings and research). Common sense, and good doctors, tell people that going under the knife for anything should not be something to take lightly. Especially not if there are safer alternatives.
So, why does it seem that surgery for SUI/incontinence is so often promoted as the best, “quick and easy” option?
Check out this page on Voices for PFD, where they have the following happy testimony:
“Why did you select the sling as your surgical treatment option?
I had done some research online, but ultimately it came down to what my doctor recommended. I’m very, very, VERY happy that I didn’t go to a practice that insists on months of physical therapy or pelvic floor exercises before resorting for surgery. I’m not that patient and probably wouldn’t have stuck with it.
Ummm? Really?? So, DON’T try pelvic PT? Or a pessary?? or any other non-surgical treatment? Don’t bother thinking about having NON-MESH surgery, either? Even though there’s no evidence repairs with mesh will work any better? Apparently, one should just go ahead and have surgery implanting a mesh sling, right? Like it’s no big deal. ? =(
What about where the FDA recommends in their “Information for Health Care Providers for SUI”, that doctors should insure patients understand treatment options (including non-mesh surgery), potential complications (including the added risk of erosion for mesh repairs), to convey that a mesh sling is a permanent implant, and that there is limited information about outcomes after one year?
Was this patient made well aware that mesh for SUI, even the newest, smallest mini-slings, are also causing severe complications? Or are they being told that their doctor doesn’t use the “bad mesh“?
It looks like “Voices for PFD” is also part of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), so I am not really surprised by their website. Just disgusted. Unfortunately, they are not the only website like this. Mesh slings for SUI are being promoted and used like crazy still today. This is despite FDA warnings and thousands of reported complications and lawsuits.
Then, if/when there’s problems others will try to put the blame back on the patient – asking then, why they didn’t research it better beforehand? It’s ridiculous. How can anyone research something, when their trusted doctors are NOT giving them all the real facts??
I sincerely hope this woman who they quoted in this “happy testimonial” is still happy today with her mesh sling. And, that she’s still happy 5 years from now… or 10 years from now? I hope she is not one of the ones who suffer from some of the “not rare” mesh complications that are often much, much worse than SUI.
I mean that. And, if she is suffering. I hope she is able to find some real help and support too.
- Top 10 Things to Know About Mesh BEFORE Having Surgery for POP or SUI
- Doctors Promoting “New” Mesh
- Doctors STILL Recommend Mesh for SUI
- 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?
- Quick and Easy? I think NOT!
- 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)
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