Questions to ask BEFORE Mesh Removal
Over the past two years I have gathered information to share on my blog to help others in their endeavor to get well and I couldn’t have done this without the help of women across this country. Their experience and knowledge has helped me understand what to do and who to choose for my own mesh removal later this summer. Because I hear from many women who have gone to doctors who have lied to them about their removal, stating that they removed it all when they hadn’t, I asked a friend who had removal and reconstruction, if she would write down questions you should ask before you jump into surgery with any doctor. She was wonderful and came up with this list.
Be aware that by not understanding mesh removal, you are at the mercy of doctors who will snip away a small piece and then tell you he/she removed it all, or you can wind up worse off than you were before removal. If you need a list of doctors and support to get through mesh removal, we are here for you. Please email me.
Here are the questions you need to ask. DO NOT be afraid to ask them. If your doctor acts offended or uncomfortable, then more than likely it is because he/she is not experienced in removal. You cannot afford to be practiced on. Your future and perhaps your life is at stake.
Do you remove the mesh completely?
How many have you removed?
Can you remove it off the bone?
Do you remove the arms, anchors?
What diagnostic equipment do you have ? ( trans vaginal ultrasound that digitally shows the mesh, pelvic mri that shows degrees of prolapse/cystocele?) To understand what this equipment is, please read this blog.
How long is the recovery?
Can you repair and reconstruct me using my own facsia tissue graft within 6 months of removal if needed.
Do you agree a partial removal only leads to more problems?
Also discuss the possibility of the partial removal. It this is not what you want you can’t come out of the surgery not knowing. Does he or she do only partial removals and does he or she understand the problems of cutting the mesh or leaving parts of the device in the deep tissues? This truly needs to be understood between your doctor and you to understand why mesh or parts may need to be left in VERSES the fact the doctor may not have the skill to remove it. This way you can protect yourself from future surgeries. You need to make sure you now you have options
What is done in my aftercare, catheter, pain management and follow ups?
Thank you Linda H for putting this list together. I appreciate it very much.
Update. For new information click here http://meshangels.com/2014/04/mesh-will-i-get-complications-in-the-future/