Mini Arc System
Every day I have to check my blog for new comments and this morning there was no exception. There are 2,443 comments as of today and many are from women who have every make and model of sling there is. Like I keep saying it is not the brand, it is the MESH! Until we remind women of this, more and more women will be injured and many of them permanently. So I try to remind women that the best defense when planning a removal is to look up your type and put in patent information. This was a comment today that made me do it for a woman in trouble.
“I had a mini sling placed less than two years ago by my gynecologist. It has cause me pain ever since. It always felt tight and very painful during intercourse. My doctor didn’t seem too concerned with my complaints. Over time the tightness eased, but occasionally I would have bleeding after intercourse. A few months ago, my husband complained of something cutting him during intercourse. Upon examination, by my gynecologist, he discovered that the sling had eroded through my vagina. He wanted to “snip off”(in his office) the part of the sling that was poking through and for me to use Premarin cream to close the exposed area. I was scared and crying, lying on that examination table. Lucky for me, he couldn’t reach the area. He said I would need to be put to sleep for the procedure. I decided to get a second opinion, because to me, this would only cause further problems. I went to a urologist, who informed me that it needed to be removed. Only he wouldn’t remove the anchors, only the mesh. Again, my mind told me that leaving the anchors would still cause problems. After a little digging, I found this very informative site. Dr. Raz sounds like the perfect doctor to do the surgery, but he is so very far away from Louisiana. Does anyone know of a closer doctor that performs the total removal surgery?”
She is the reason I keep researching, learning and trying to help women so that they do not go to the wrong doctor for removal and wind up far worse. So I decided to give her the link to the patent information so that she could learn how her sling was anchored. Believe it or not that is one of the main problems when it comes to having your mesh removed. Not all the problems but one of them. So the more you understand how your sling is made the better that you can talk to any surgeon BEFORE you choose him or her and they will be a little surprised when you show them you have a good knowledge about it and they will be less likely to lie to you about what they can or cannot do when it comes to removal. Don’t run away from your issues, get armed and ready to deal with them.
When I read her comment about doctors wanting to snip the eroded mesh in the office the first thing I thought of was the blog I wrote back in April about how doctors are told to deal with this problem and if you did not see it this will shock you. Read here I did have to break the news to her that I am in touch with many women in her State who are in a mess after they went to local doctors, so now it is up to her what she will decide to do. I cannot make choices for any woman and all I can do is tell them what I know and they must decide for themselves.
So I began researching to find her sling and give her a link and when I clicked into AMS otherwise American Medical System I found a link that had me wondering what it is all about. But I could not find out because my sling was not by AMS. So I decided to post this blog and ask women who have or had this sling to find out what this reimbursement is all about. Are they reimbursing the cost of the sling to the patient or the doctor? But I would also ask if they will reimburse you for the cost of surgery(s). Then if you will please leave a comment on this blog so that women all over the world will also know. I am sure it would be appreciated by many. This is what I found
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Please read the list of doctors who designed this sling and you may recognize some of them. You may also recognize a doctor you are choosing for mesh removal and that could be your deciding factor. Then I googled drawings images and a whole bunch of drawings came up. So you need the make and model such as TVT or TOT model. You can see all these images here
The other thing women need to learn is who designed and patented their sling. You will often find doctors who tout them openly on TV or throughout the web. Put this link into Google and open the file. www.researchgate.net/…Minimally…mini–sling/…/60b7d52..
So now do your homework before you make any plans for mesh removal. You may be glad you did.