When Was Mesh First Used & Complications
Most of the things I learn and share here with you is because of other women and their complications. Whenever I don’t know the answer, I research and try to find an answer to the best of my ability to help others. This morning I received a comment on the blog ‘Questions to Ask Before Mesh Removal’ from Judy who feels she has the same complications that she has been reading about, but a sling was not in her medical records from 1996. The comment baffled me because I did not know the answer, but it was a situation I had read before from other women.
This was the comment. Can you or someone tell me if it is possible a doctor doing a second bladder repair who DOES NOT use mesh, could possibly do the repair without ever knowing mesh had been used by a previous doctor, if he wasn’t actively looking for it? Or would possibly not have given it a second thought even if he had seen it? (This latter probably not an issue anyway since my second repair was 1996 and the first many years prior), but someone else might be wondering. Also, when did they first begin using mesh, even on Medicare patients who might not have been fully informed. I mention this because I have a handicapped daughter, mental health issues, on Medicare who was being prescribed drugs long before they were released for general public use.
I am suffering terribly with ‘mesh symptoms’ and thought finally had found the cause and last night discovered my medical record for the last repair does not list mesh. Now I’m back to square one trying to find out what is wrong and don’t know whether to laugh or cry Judy
I did quite a bit of research, most of it came up on lawyers sites and did not go into types or when mesh was used in the past. So I knew I had to do something to help this woman. I emailed Dr. Raz and asked what I needed to know.
This is the email. Do you know in what year mesh was first used in women? A lady told me she has all the symptoms from a bladder repair done in 1996, but it does not list mesh in her records. Would the translabial ultrasound show it up after all this time? I had another lady tell me she had it put in twenty years ago but I cannot find out anything about when it first was used or which companies made it. This answer would be most helpful for these women. Xxxxx xxxxxxxs told me hers was put in before it was officially on the market and you removed hers a week after mine. Thank you for your time.
It was not long before his reply came in.
The first mesh was in the 60-70’s to do retropubic sling. It was from Mersilene.
In the 90’s the TVT still in the market and the Obtape (removed from the marker very quickly because complications).
Ultrasound will always show the mesh.
So now you may be wondering could mesh have been used without it was entered into your records? Well only those involved would know and it is possible that this happened if there were no rules as how to handle the situation. If they could bring mesh out and use it without any testing, then they could certainly ignore telling a woman this was in her. After all, even today with all the latest warnings, women are STILL NOT INFORMED what was put into their bodies. I was never told what the product was in March 2010, and certainly never given any information about complications, even though that is not that long ago. And I am not alone in this matter…….
So what now. Look to the right hand side. There is a link that takes you to Dr. Raz and UCLA doctors. Get an appointment soon and have the translabial ultrasound done to find out. I do NOT know anywhere else in this country where you can have this test done and you need to know. If you are ill and have been for a long time and suspect it could be from mesh, regardless of how long ago it was since you had a bladder lift, FIND OUT! Long term mesh can cause many health hazards and you deserve to live better. Please, if this happened to you and you found out it was from mesh, leave a comment here so that other women can feel their suspicions are correct.