Tests to Find Mesh
The last blog I wrote was in answer to the overwhelming number of women who now wonder was mesh used when they had a prolapse or hysterectomy surgery. That blog was all about getting your hospital records and where to seek the answers and I will include the link at the bottom of this blog. Many women ask me where they can get a test to determine if mesh is causing their health issues and pain. You should understand first that getting any test done and a good doctor who will listen to you and believe that mesh is your problem will go hand in hand. Tests can be misconstrued by any doctor who does not want to know about the serious complications you are having and even if you force an unwilling doctor to perform tests on you, it won’t do you a bit of good or help you in any way, if they aren’t willing to accept mesh is a huge issue. It will also be a huge waste of your time and money without a good doctor on board because so many woman have doctors who deny their complications even with all evidence presented to them.
Where can I find a good doctor many women ask? Here-in lies the real problem. The few we know about are on a drop down link at the top of this blog under doctors. You will also find no mesh hernia repair doctors. Even if they are there and you choose one, you should have a consult appointment and make sure the doctor will fix you or remove your mesh and are well trained in how to without implant products. This is because so few are in this day and age.
A test is just a test without good doctor representation. The doctor must have good people who are well trained to search for the mesh, using a test. The doctor has to be able to read what the test is showing and interpret where the mesh is and the complications it is causing. One test is not enough, at least three tests should be performed to check how your bladder looks inside and if mesh is eroding through the wall and this test is called a cystoscopy. I will give you a link at the bottom of this blog where I wrote about these tests when they were performed on me at UCLA Urology. I tried to explain in-depth what each test was about and how it felt. Another test is the urodynamic test which will show if the mesh is causing you urine retention and I can say I had this test done in Houston before the mesh was put into me and I can say the test when compared to the complete test done at UCLA before I had removal surgery, could only be described as a Mickey Mouse version. In other words, who does these tests is as important as the test itself.
Everyone wants to know about the translabial ultrasound, where they can have this done closer to their home. You must reread the paragraph again about doctors to understand why your care and removal is not just about the tests. UCLA does the test in a competent manner and they have urologists who view and translate the problems mesh is causing in a woman’s body. So understand it is not just about the test, it is the whole package.
I found this on the UCLA site:
“Translabial Ultrasound to Evaluate Vaginal Mesh
Due to the large volume of patients presenting to UCLA with mesh-related vaginal surgery complications, the UCLA Urology and Radiology Departments have collaborated to develop an ultrasound technique to correctly identify previously placed mesh. This helps surgeons in the pre-operative planning for the patients, as mesh is not visible on standard X-ray, CT, or MRI imaging. This technique has helped us tremendously in the treatment of our patients.”
I have not had the pelvic ultrasound done and cannot tell you what I think about it or feel because I would be guessing. Once again you must find a doctor who knows and understand the problems and complications mesh causes, to get satisfactory results. Take your time and interview anyone you are thinking of using for your surgery. I was told about this other ultrasound test that can detect where mesh is and yesterday I went to the manufacturer’s site and downloaded the photos and details. BUT…. I did ask Dr. Raz of UCLA what he thought of this test and asked if he used it and his answer was very simple. “I’ll stick to the translabial ultrasound”. But this blog is about giving information so that you can research and make your own choices what tests you want and where you go for your removal. Here is the link to the pelvic floor ultrasound information and to download it go to the click here section. Or you can go straight to the link to download the information. I did and it will ask about who your company is so I put in Mesh Angel Network. Then it will ask you for a reason you want it and it will give you a choice. I put in research. This is that link Then you will understand how this test works.
I wrote a blog after I came home from my own removal at UCLA two years ago and explained what these tests were like. You can read it here
Getting your records and learn what to look for read this link
I did write a blog some time back when a Canadian woman asked Dr. Raz why he used the translabial ultrasound and she shared it with me for this blog. Read it here