Mesh Can Change Your Life Forever
And…….. believe me. Not in a good way. Today marks the tenth anniversary since my husband’s death on Easter 2004 which was April 11th that year. All week long he has been on my mind more than usual. Why anniversaries affect us this way, I don’t know but because I had been healthy all our married life, he would be shocked at what has happened to me. However because he was a really great guy I know I would never have had to worry about him leaving me. But that is not the case for many women.
This past four years has been very difficult because not only do I deal with my own complications, but I still help many women. I know their pain and their anguish. I know how many have also suffered at the hands of doctors mentally and physically, often because they are not believed. Too many women have had surgeries or medications they didn’t need because they were told it was something else, not the mesh. But sadly for many by the time they did something, their health had deteriorated and it is a struggle to come back. So please if you are in a bad way, either find an alternative specialist to get you back on track, or if you can’t afford one, begin a good plan of supplements to help you feel healthier.
Constant surgeries and large quantities of prescription drugs can bring you down quickly and you need to be vigilant in changing your position. Your immune system can’t fight infections and you will find everything will deteriorate. Women lose their hair and their teeth and it is all connected to your immune system. I have heard so many women say they have lupus after they have struggled with mesh complications. Far too many to not pay attention to and you can read about your immune system here http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Encyclopedia/Content.aspx?ContentTypeID=134&ContentID=123
Every article I read about the immune system mentions chemicals in the environment, but no one mentions chemicals in your body such as the type that mesh is made of. It is hard to believe that any product with this many chemicals could be deemed safe to go INSIDE our bodies and yet no one questions it. You can read more here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypropylene
It is hard to believe but no one reports on long term studies in humans after mesh has been in the body for several years and yet women seem to think that they have had a successful implant after only one year since surgery. I have listened to far too many women who were doing great for five to seven years and then they began a serious decline in health. So why is that? Well I have read a great deal and I believe that over time as the mesh degrades inside our bodies due to the temperature and the many fluids inside us, regardless of how well you did for some time you may not have a clue your sudden illness could be stemmed from the properties of polypropylene. In fact it wasn’t so sudden if you think about it for long. How much have you been sick over the last few years? Infections of many kinds not just the UTI ones we all think of. Sinus infections that you cannot clear have all been associated with mesh complications or you seem to get one cold after another. This may help you understand.
This study was done on rats and animals and the problem is they don’t live the amount of years we do and studies seem to quit at thirty days. You can read more here. http://www.forp.usp.br/bdj/bdj12(2)/trab10122/trab10122.html Below is part of it.
Complications inherent to the placing of the mesh, such as intestinal fistula, wound dehiscence, and death when closing the wounds of patients who had septicemia due to a surgical intervention of the abdominal cavity, have been described (9). Formation of granulation tissue covering the mesh was reported when part of the abdomen of a soldier was reconstructed with a polypropylene mesh (11).
In a review of the 120 cases (12), a fragment of polypropylene mesh was placed covering the groin to repair inguinal hernias through laparoscopic transperitoneal surgery. Complications were infections in three patients, groin abscess (in two of them) and pubis osteitis in one. Waldrep et al. (13) reported the development of cysts in the abdominal wall of two patients after the use of a polypropylene mesh.
Success using polypropylene mesh to repair abdominal malformation in over 150 patients was described by Fernandez and O’Leesky (14). In two of these patients, laparotomies were performed within a period of six to eight months after the surgery and the mesh was coated with peritoneum and did not show any adhesion.
Using polypropylene mesh in over 26 abdominal surgeries, Fansler et al. (15) reported serious complications, such as, the folding of the mesh, extrusion, wound contraction and enterocutaneous fistula, all of which originated from the use of the mesh. In the retrospective analysis of 31 cases, Volyes et al. (16) reported that 25 patients, who had received this mesh in the abdominal cavity, developed either infection and fascia necroses , or severe intra-abdominal infection. However, Chan et al. (17) used an 8 x 10 cm polypropylene mesh in the groin to repair inguinal hernia in 39 patients and reported no serious complications
I have had several conversations with a mesh injured woman whose own problems are immune related and she has a large animal farm. She told me something quite shocking. Her vet said they no longer put mesh in cows because it was costing farmers too much money due to complications. I was shocked! Are we women worth less than a cow?
As many of us have discovered over time due to our own complications that mesh used on hernias is also a problem. This will give you an idea. And I found it here. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23686765
Textile meshes frequently are implanted in the abdominal wall to reinforce a hernia repair. However, revisions for mesh associated complications confirm that these devices are not completely free of risk. Explanted devices offer an opportunity to define the impact of mesh structure on tissue response. This retrieval study analyses the tissue reaction to 623 polypropylene mesh samples (170 class 1 with large pores, and 453 class 2 with small pores) explanted for pain, infection, or recurrence. Histopathological assessment included morphometry of inflammatory infiltrate (IF) and connective tissue (CT), and of collagen 1/3 ratio. Half of the meshes were removed after more than 23 month. Despite large inter-individual differences removal for infection showed more IF than for pain or recurrence with significant correlation of IF with CT. Class 1 meshes with large pores showed less IF, CT, fistula formation, calcification, and bridging than class 2 meshes with small pores. Meshes removed for recurrence showed a lowered collagen 1/3 ratio in 70%. Large pore class 1 meshes showed an improved tissue response and may be considered as favorable to prevent inflammatory side effects. The presence of lowered collagen 1/3 ratio in most of the samples with recurrences stresses the relevance of an intact healing process. Late manifestation of complications demands long-lasting follow-up. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2013.
Long lasting follow up. Why then, after that mesh is put into a woman’s body and then she is sent on her way after only one post op follow up? Not only that but if she suspects there is a problem and questions her doctor she finds herself being dismissed. That is what is happening to women throughout the world after their complications begin. No one wants to know!
Our health government has decided that doctors should now tell women what can happen with mesh but there is no accountability when they are not told so how can this work? It can’t.
This morning I had great news from my sister whose friend had bladder lift surgery yesterday. My sister knows all that has happened to me and she gave her this blog to read. She found a doctor in her area of England who is old school and he told her immediately that mesh can cause issues, but unless the complications a woman has are so serious he will not use mesh. I opened my sister’s email to find her friend had had the surgery and is MESH FREE. Why is it then that so many doctors use mesh first without any responsibility as to what can happen to women’s bodies over time? It is because they are not trained to do these repairs without using mesh, and opening a packet and doing the job is quick and easy on their behalf. But the results can be catastrophic for women.
I hope women who are searching for answers when faced with hysterectomy or prolapse surgery will do their research and take their time to find a surgeon who can do the job without using mesh. I hope to have the doctor’s name in England soon and will pass it to a woman I know who has a site to help women over there. I do know he is in Torquay Devon.
To understand how serious this is please view this video. I took part in it because I cannot sit back and see women suffer in this way. http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/enmeshed-thousands-of-women-sue-makers-of-transvaginal-mesh/
I was up early this morning thinking about my husband and knew first thing I should write this blog and warn women about mesh. We were together for thirty-five years, married for thirty-four. I will miss him always.