Mesh & my Six Weeks Post Op
It is strange to think that my six weeks post op from full mesh removal falls on Thanksgiving Day but it is truly a time for me to feel thankful that all the mesh is gone from my body. However, so many women are contacting me this week and I wish they could feel that same freedom. They are still be strangled and injured by a product that truly should be removed from the market. Then they are at the mercy of doctors who have had no training in putting it in or removing it and often do more damage trying , than leaving it alone.
As always around any holiday, the comments and emails are more prevalent. Women are more desperate to find answers because holiday times rely on women’s skills, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Injured women some how have to get up and out of bed to make sure everything is done to give their families a good time. Holidays are memory times and all women know there is a lot of pressure when you are well, so can you imagine what it is like for a woman who is very sick from mesh complications? I know most people cannot because in their mind, what could be wrong from a simple surgery like the one used on women with incontinent issues.
I know to most minds it is surreal to imagine the terrible pain inflicted by a mesh implant that makes every moment either awake or sleep, a torture device. As you move, it moves against you. It shrinks, hardens, pulls and twists at your organs and tissues. When surgeons put it in the wrong area because this is a ‘blind procedure’, meaning they cannot see where it is going as they pass a very large needle under your bladder, between nerves and muscles, it can do irreparable damage.
Did you know that any OBGYN can do this procedure? There are no requirements to understand the complexity of this surgery. Doctors either go to a seminar and are told how to do this or they watch videos. And they also watch videos on how to remove it from our delicate tissues and organs.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the FEW skilled surgeons who can remove every bit of it from our bodies and I hope they will continue helping women through this terrible time. But there are not enough of them. There are far more doctors who will injure and maim women because they are arrogant and believe they clever enough to do this without the skills needed.
When I read this comment that came in this morning it made my blood boil.
I had a hysterectomy. And a bladder sling in 2008. Since then, I had to get it removed and had to have 2 more surgeries. I have been have really bad lower back pain and it goes down my legs. The pain is really bad and it seems to be getting worse everyday. Is there anyone that has had this after. Also where they took my tissue to fix the hole in my bladder is very painful. They took the tissue from the left side of my labia. Which is also causing severe pain. I can’t seem to get any help for the pain or help fixing the pain. Is this happening to other women or am I just falling apart? I am only 40. And the doctors make me feel like I should not be having any pain, so to them I am not. They just did a scan on me and I go to a doctor tomorrow. But I am so scared that it is not going to show what is going on. Any help will be so appreciated. Because of this we have lost everything.
The sad and terrible truth is, it was undoubtedly not ALL removed or she would not be in such serious condition and the pain gets worse every day. We cannot stop the damage done by mesh before it is removed, especially over a long period. However when a woman has been told she is having removal surgery but she does not understand what removal means, she will have many surgeries and be injured more. Please look to the right side of this blog and click on the link that states ‘Questions to ask before mesh removal‘. Print those questions out and take them with you to an appointment with any doctor who says he can remove it. Ask them the questions and look him/her in the eye when they answer. You may not want to know the truth but you will know the truth by their actions, not just by their words.
There is also a link to explain what a translabial ultrasound is. Read it and ask if your doctor has this test? Do they understand how to read it? If they don’t/can’t, start searching for a way to get to a doctor who does understand and can help you. Click on the link for doctors at UCLA. Then read the post Mesh Removal & No Money. Perhaps you can raise enough to get you out to UCLA for the tests you need.
This Thanksgiving I give thanks for the help that I have had by doctors and friends, to begin a new life on a path of wellness. Even after full removal it is a slow road back if you have been seriously injured like I have, but there is hope. There is a way to stop the downward spiral of mesh complications while it remains in your body.
My Thanksgiving will be quiet this year with me resting often and enjoying my time with my daughter. I will spent part of that time preparing a simple meal that we will eat together. I cannot spend too much time on my feet cooking mounds of food that we will not eat, but I can cook something we will both enjoy. I can give thanks and think of a better year next year at Thanksgiving and Christmas because the mesh is now gone from my body and I have hope for healing.
I want this for every woman in the world. I don’t want women to be continually injured by this terrible mesh implant product and no one cares. That is my Thanksgiving wish for all women……….