Mesh Doctors Who Can You Trust
This is a follow up blog to the one I wrote previously titled ‘Mesh Doctors Without Ethics’. You can read that blog to understand where this has all come from. After receiving a second comment yesterday from a woman who expressed that she too had told her surgeon before surgery that she did not want mesh in her body and he put it into her anyway, I felt very saddened. BOTH these women are now having complications. First this is the second comment and the link where this lady wrote it.
“I also emailed my doctor and told her I didn’t want mesh in my body. She agreed that unless the tissues were so torn and weak she couldn’t repair it she would not use mesh. When the resident who assisted her came to see me that evening, the first question I asked was “Did you use mesh”? She said no, we just put a sling made out of poly something or the other. Well of course she just went ahead and put that sling in. And it really wasn’t even required because I had no leakage..And then when I went back to her for the pain issue she said it wasnt’ the sling and she also told me the body can’t reject the mesh. She is a liar and has no thought whatsoever for another human being.”
You can read this comment on this post. http://meshangels.com/2012/02/questions-to-ask-before-mesh-removal
So what can you do to protect yourself? Paper wise NOTHING! No piece of paper or documented email, regardless of how well it is worded can guarantee that mesh will not be used during surgery. So what can you do? First I asked a lawyer his thoughts on this subject, hoping to offer you something that could protect you. This was his answer.
The first question that comes to mind is whether it ever constitutes malpractice for the doctor putting in mesh without permission from the patient. The answer to this question will of course vary from state to state. Some states require that a doctor seek “informed consent” from the patient. To parts to that – (1) That they “inform” the patient of the procedure, its benefits and risks, and (2) that they obtain “consent” from the patient. In some states, a failure to inform and obtain consent can be malpractice. This is a completely different inquiry from whether the treatment was the right treatment under the circumstances.
And it is a different inquiry from the questions as to whether or not the product itself was defective or whether the warnings given with the product were adequate? These product questions deal with the litigation we typically are seeing with mesh – claims brought against the manufacturer.
In other words it is all up to interpretation IF you can get a lawyer who will take a case against a doctor. Do not hand someone money on a whim or a promise. Do your own research. Sadly I have come to the conclusion that suing a doctor is highly difficult and expensive and lawyers won’t take those cases. Therefore it is wise NOT to have mesh placed in you in the first place.
Now you are wondering how you can ensure that this won’t happen? Well unless you are at a hospital that states that they are now a mesh free hospital and the surgeons know how to put a sling into you the old fashioned way by using your own fascia (tissue which can be stomach or thigh from your own body) then you are at the mercy of a surgeon who does not have this experience and only knows how to open a packet and slap it in. Sounds bad I know and it is!
At this time I only know one set of urologists who can remove the mesh safely and you can go back for a sling made of your own fascia if it is needed. Dr. Raz told me your body needs 3/4 months to heal and swelling goes down before he will do this. This man will not do anything to harm you more.
So now you know. NO piece of paper can guarantee mesh will not be used, nor will it guarantee any chance of litigation against a doctor who does it anyway. So everything is up to you! I know this will make you angry and sad but someone has to tell you the truth.
If you DON’T want mesh, go to a place where they no longer use it. That is a very hard thing to do I know. I am sorry to be the one who has to tell you the truth but I do NOT want more women injured or unaware.
Update. For new information click here http://meshangels.com/2014/04/mesh-will-i-get-complications-in-the-future/