Permanent Nerve Damage
I would love to find out the true percentage of women who had these bladder slings who have permanent nerve damage, but in all honesty most women do not speak out and it would be very hard to get a proper result. Instead I can only go by a small survey that UCLA did when they asked their patients to fill out a questionnaire one year after their removal surgery. It seems that according to this survey, 20% of women will be permanently nerve damaged after ANY of these implant products are installed in a woman’s body. You should know that the questionnaire had nothing to do with type or brand name of the implant. It was an overview across the board of women of all ages who had every type of product in their bodies and their complications were serious enough. Now I want to ask this question if you are a woman who is about to undergo an upcoming hysterectomy or prolapse surgery and are told “We don’t use THAT mesh”, are you willing to take a 20% chance that you will become a statistic whose life will be changed forever?
I had just began writing this blog when the phone rang and I caught up with a woman who had mesh removal at UCLA over a year ago. She knew something had fallen so went to a doctor in her area who had trained under Dr. Raz, for an opinion. It was her bladder and the woman doctor told her she could fix her with a different kind of product not the one you see about on TV. HUGE RED FLAG. You have to understand that just because a doctor has trained under Dr. Raz, does not mean that the hospital they work in does not require they use certain products, (medical product selling and kickbacks are quite well known) or they have not done enough surgeries without using these products, to get any experience. So it is up to you to do the work and ask the questions, which this woman did. She has now decided to go back to Dr. Raz based on her gut feeling about what this doctor said.
My suggestion to any woman who needs any type of pelvic repair surgery, is to ask the doctor IMMEDIATELY for a pamphlet so that you can take it home and study it. Then Google it including any PATENT information. I can guarantee you that you will find it is yet another mesh based product. Save yourself a lifetime of pain and devastation and take time to learn. This doctor immediately scheduled her for surgery on the 15th of this month, just eleven days from now. Huge red flag. If you are not given a pamphlet but only told about a product, my suggestion is RUN! Remember, you are not going to die right now if you need any form of pelvic surgery, so spend your time wisely and learn all you can and don’t just jump in to anything. This is YOUR future and that future can be in put in jeopardy. Don’t allow your life be stopped because you did not take the time to learn.
Now back to nerve damage.
I can only describe my nerve pain to you and what I know from speaking to other women. I do know that some women have woken up screaming from pain in the groin after a mesh sling product was put into their body. There is a good reason. You may not know that the technique used, requires something called trocars. They remind me of special shaped long needle tools.
You should know that the technique used to place a sling in a woman’s body is called a blind procedure. This is because the trocar will be used to put the sling in you WITHOUT the use of any camera or viewing guidance system. I don’t think women realize and I did not either, what a complicated nerve and muscle structure these tools will pass through. Hence a high chance of damaging results. The procedure as well as these products are flawed!
I want women to understand why there is so much nerve damage during these surgeries. To do this I found a good diagram to help you understand. Remember this diagram shows you the various nerves that could be affected by the trocars during surgery.
Many women wind up with pudendal nerve damage, which means they can never sit without extreme pain. They can walk for miles, and stand for a long period, but sitting is impossible without pain medication or a pain device such as an implant called an Interstem. Can you imagine a life where you cannot sit?
My damage was done to my femoral nerve, as often happens to other women. I cannot stand for very long without pain in my groin, hip and thigh which can go all the way down to under my foot. My sling was removed two years ago next month by Dr. Raz at UCLA and removing it gave me huge relief. But although I had hoped that in time that my nerves and muscles would heal, they seem to have come to a full stop and I have to live with the remaining painful issues. As a result I am permanently disabled. There are many simple things I use to do that I can no longer do and there are much bigger things I cannot do such as drive a car. This is why today I am writing this blog so that it does not happen to you.
I want women to know that it would be easy for me to walk away from this blog and ignore the problems just like most people do. I could not care what happens to any other woman and have the attitude that it’s not my problem. But it is the problem of ALL women. Young, old, and from any path of life. Women’s issues are the most IGNORED in all the medical fields and the lack of caring will be apparent if you have one of these surgeries and wind up with complications. You will be cast aside and told you need pain management, physical therapy or anti-depressants. Worse yet you could be one of the many women I have spoken to who will go through hip surgery because they were told that was their problem, only to wind up in the same pain they had before hip surgery. This is because IT IS THE SLING causing the damage. This is what happens to so many mesh injured women day after day, year after year. You will be left to deal with the consequences of these flawed surgeries.
Learn more about these types of complications BEFORE you have any pelvic surgery.
Trocars can also damage the bladder during these surgeries read this
Damage caused by trocars during laparoscopic surgeries read here
If mesh complications happen to you after one of these products have been placed into your body, do not believe the TV ads saying you will be one of the lucky winners of compensation. Don’t believe anything about the millions that these adverts say have been won. The truth is, IF you are lucky you may wind up with a few thousand dollars. However, more than likely it will be a pittance of what you have spent or will need for your future as a damaged woman. You should also know that what these ads do not tell you is that 50% will go to the lawyer and your insurance and Medicare will request their surgery money back. What will you be left with? I can guarantee you one thing. A lifetime of HELL. Pain, loss of partner, loss of family, loss of career and no sex. That is what truly happens to women with these complications. I know because I am one of these women. Now it is up to you to search for a doctor who will do your surgery without using implants. I wish you a good future, not one like mine.