Mesh & Ill Treatment by Medical Professionals
With my own removal surgery a month away I feel a need to write about problems that make women’s treatment difficult or impossible. You don’t need to take my word for this because you will find it all over the comments throughout this blog and it is an outrage. Doctors who not only do not believe their patients pain, but who are outright rude and verbally cruel.
Another comment came in this morning by a woman who had a sling in 2011. This is what she wrote.
I am having many problems after having a hysterectomy/bladder sling at the same time in March 2011. In Sept 2011, I started having signs of an infection, and my urologist wouldn’t do anything because my urine culture wasn’t coming back as showing infection. In December 2011, I ran a very high fever, was vomiting, was in major pain in my back and pelvis, and they rushed me in to a kidney scan. They found a “shadow” on my kidney which was infection. The urologist FINALLY gave me an antibiotic then, and put me on suppressive antibiotics. He took me off the suppressives in June 2012, and the cycle is now starting over. Only this time, he refuses to accept any responsibility. He won’t give me an antibiotic, and told me that since my urine does not show an infection, he can’t treat me for one. He told me he WILL NOT remove my bladder sling because it would cause worse problems than what I’m experiencing with it. He said I have no proof that it’s the sling. He said it’s my age, it’s my weight, it’s the hysterectomy–everything but the sling. I told him that I was old and fat before, and never had a kidney infection once in my life. He said I was overdue for one then. He told me if my symptoms worsen, to go to the ER. I said, “I don’t have an extra $150 laying around for that.” He walked out of the consultation. I am at my wit’s end! I need to find a doctor who will remove this sling because I know it’s the source of my problems. I’m in the Kansas City area. Thank you.
It is bad enough that these slings are put in women every day without their understanding of mesh complications and also that there are not enough trained removal surgeons around the country, without this kind of treatment of the injured women. I never cease to be outraged.
My answer to this woman was that she needed to report this man to her State Medical Board. Most Medical professionals are truly that. They are professional. The very least this man should have done is to treat her kidney problems before it goes into a much serious situation. As for going to the ER, she was in his office, paying him money and it is his job to help her. Yesterday I wrote a blog about the correlation between bladder slings and kidney stones. The blog follows this one. If you are reading this, and you too have these symptoms I can assure you it is the sling. You must get it out before you are seriously in trouble. I am sorry for this woman and all the women around the country who are being treated badly. This is not your fault. Reporting your doctor to your State Medical Board will not have him/her’s medical license removed. It will simply be a reprimand. You can’t prove he did this, but you can stand up and say enough is enough. Women are being poorly treated and mentally abused by the treatment of some individual doctors who have no sympathy for their patients. If a doctor is telling you he will not remove it, it is because he has no idea how to. For some doctors the very idea of offering to remove it is an admission that there is a problem with these slings and they will never admit it. Stop waiting for it. Start taking control of your own situation. I have written blogs here about everything you can do to help yourself. This is your life we are talking about. You do NOT deserve this.
Please note that not all doctors do this and those who treat their patients with great respect and care, I have great respect for. But, so many women are reporting this kind of treatment to me and I know they are telling the truth. You are a human being and you deserve respect. Stand up for yourself and get the help you need from a respectable doctor. Respect goes both ways.