When you put a mesh sling into a woman, you do it once. Then we regret it over and over again, year in and year out. When you see a woman in your office, you see only the medical side. But we are human. We trust you because the world tells us to trust our doctors. When we walk into your office, we don’t see God. We see a doctor who is there to help us. When you turn on us because of no fault of our own, of course we will cry. We are not depressed when we cry. It is a defence mechanism when we are in pain and we don’t know why and you act like we have emotional issues. No, we know when something is not right and you won’t listen to us..
What happened to the old days when doctors were the pillar of their community? What happened to the times gone by when they honored the words “Do no harm”. That is what thousands of women are wondering right now around the world. And they are asking you “Why did you do this to me? Yes you. The doctor who tells us that this surgery is minimally invasive. It will take fifteen minutes and all will be well. If that is true then why do we suffer so? Why are many of us laying in bed in agony? Crippled and alone? Slowly dying over many years when you refuse to believe mesh slings can do this to us?
I smiled when a doctor told me a few days ago that Dr. Raz taught him that ‘Surgery is marriage’. You don’t abandon them when there is a problem. You fix it. Those are words of wisdom that few surgeons obey. We have been betrayed by our doctors and abandoned by many.
The hardest part of this for all of us is that many more women will suffer. They will lose their families, jobs and homes because of mesh. They will have to fight a system that does not help us when we are sick. When will you listen to us?
We’ve all heard the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Well it is broke. We are broken and it is time to fix this problem.
Mesh slings cause far more complications than are ever told to the world. No it is not a few, it is substantial. We all say no more of this. It is time for you to wake up. Stop using mesh!