You would think that after five years of doing this I would know pretty much everything that can happen to women because of these surgeries. However, I still learn and it is because of the things women post in comments on this blog that I can research and help others understand what can happen. It all starts with one woman who is searching for answers and she left the following comments on two blogs, so I began researching to help her.
This was the first comment.
I had a mesh sling implanted in 2007. I had horrible bladder spasms right after the surgery. About 6 months after surgery I became very sick and was admitted to the hospital. I also had a knot the size of an egg on the right side of my lower abdomen. My body was rejecting the mesh used in my bladder surgery. I had to have another surgery to have it removed and another sling put in. My legs and my hip hurt badly sometimes but I never thought about it being from the bladder surgeries. In 2012 I became very sick and almost died. I was admitted to the hospital and the Dr figured out that I had an abscess on my right kidney. I was very sick for about 3 months. The abscess will always be there but I’m hoping it never fills up with fluid again. It can become life threatening very quickly if not treated immediately. After reading some of the comments on here I’m wondering if the kidney abscess was caused from the bladder surgeries. I believe that it’s very possible. I’ve always wondered how I could’ve developed an abscess on my kidney. Does anyone have any info on abscesses on kidneys after having bladder mesh surgery? I know if I ask the urologist that did both of my surgeries he will say no the surgeries didn’t cause it. I would really appreciate any help with this.
And this was the second.
Hi, I had bladder mesh surgery in 2007. About 6 months after surgery I became very sick and had a knit the size of an egg on the right side of my lower abdomen. I had to be hospitalized and my Dr figured out the reason I was so sick was because my body was rejecting the mesh. I had to have surgery to remove the mesh and my urologist used pig skin for the sling when he removed the mesh. In 2012 I became very sick and almost died. I had to be hospitalized and my internist figured out that I had an abscess on my right kidney. I will always have the abscess but I’m ok as long as it doesn’t fill up with fluid again, and it could at any time. After reading some of these comments I’m wondering if the bladder surgeries us what caused the abscess. If the abscess fills up again it can be life threatening very quickly if I don’t go to the Dr so I’m always worried about it happening again. Any info on kidney abscesses being caused from bladder surgeries would be very much appreciated. My urologist that did both bladder surgeries said that it was caused by a UTI that I did not get treated. He would NEVER admit the bladder surgeries could have anything to do with it. Please help!
So now I can tell her what I know. To begin with many women THOUGHT the mesh sling was removed when in fact after getting their records they found out that indeed only a fraction of it was removed and another sling placed over the top of the first. In fact many women found out that as many as three were placed over each one when they complained and they never even knew it until they got their records. Here is why I believe she still has the original sling. Groin, leg pain and hip pain is a dead giveaway and because mesh shrinks over time it pulls on nerves and muscles and in time over years women can no longer walk at all. At times when the mesh was still in me I thought I would go crazy with the pain and a feeling like my thigh was being strangled and the groin, hip and leg pain would bounce all around. In fact I began to fall when my leg would give way under me and had two broken wrist bones one time and arm in cast for weeks. I found out from Dr. Raz that he cause was femoral nerve damage.
The second part I want to help her with is to do with the kidney abscess. I have heard from many women who have kidney damage and had kidney stones while mesh was in them. I wrote blogs about that and will give you links to any I can find to help you understand what you may possibly do to help. There is a reason she has this problem. These slings are put in women as though one size fits all and there is no camera to see where it is going. So damage is done to our nerves and muscles and every woman’s bladder is a different size just like we are on the outside. So when too tight, you cannot empty and the destruction and damage to your kidneys begins. When you remain half full for a long period it can do so much damage and destroy your kidneys. However do doctors listen? No they ignore what has been done and women will wind up with life threatening consequences.
So I dig some digging and found a UK site that explains about kidney cysts and like she said they can be very dangerous and I am sure extremely painful. However although it is a UK site, they put mesh in women just like they do here and in other countries and don’t seem to care about all the damage done and leave women to the consequences and danger of destroyed kidneys.
A kidney abscess is a rare, but serious, complication of a kidney infection, where pus develops inside the tissue of the kidney.
You’re thought to be most at risk of developing a kidney abscess if you have diabetes.
The symptoms of a kidney abscess are similar to those of a kidney infection. The most common are:
a high temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
loss of appetite
pain when passing urine
Kidney abscesses are potentially serious because the bacteria inside the abscess can spread to other parts of your body, such as your bloodstream or lungs, and can be fatal.
Smaller abscesses can usually be treated with antibiotics through a drip. Surgery is usually required for larger abscesses. This involves draining the pus out of the abscess using a needle that’s inserted into the kidney.
You will note there won’t be any mention of complications from mesh sling, but it definitely is.
Another serious complication is this one also written about on this site.
Blood Poisoning (Sepsis)
Blood poisoning (also called sepsis) is another rare, but potentially fatal, complication of a kidney infection. It happens when bacteria spreads from the kidneys into the bloodstream. Once bacteria are in your blood, the infection can spread to any part of your body, including all of the major organs.
In someone with a kidney infection, the symptoms of blood poisoning include:
low blood pressure, makes you feel dizzy upon standing
confusion or disorientation
uncontrollable shaking or shivering
high temperature or lower body temperature than usual (under 36C, or 96.8F)
Blood poisoning is a medical emergency that usually requires admission to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) while antibiotics are used to fight the infection.
Yes these surgeries put many of us at risk from sepsis and I have written about that too as I had to have IV antibiotics which left me in yet another permanent mess. In a few days I am going to write another blog warning about yet another life changing antibiotic. I had a call from a frantic mesh injured woman a few days ago and begged me to warn women about a drug and I promised her I will.
And here is yet another thing they don’t tell you when they put mesh in you and you wonder why you became so sick.
Another rare, but potentially fatal, complication of a kidney infection is a condition called emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN).
EPN is a severe infection, where the tissues of the kidneys are rapidly destroyed and the bacteria causing the infection begin to release a toxic gas, which builds up inside the kidneys.
The exact cause of EPN is unclear, but almost all cases are in people with diabetes.
The usual treatment is emergency surgery to remove some, or all, of the affected kidney. It’s possible to live a full and active life with only one kidney.
In very rare cases, a kidney infection can cause severe kidney damage that results in kidney failure. This is when the kidneys stop working properly.
So I hope when she reads this she will completely understand that the sling caused all her life threatening issues and she will go direct to the hospital where it was done and find out more. Then make a consult appointment with Dr. Raz at UCLA because with her issues I would never trust anyone else.
This is the full link to what can happen with kidney abscesses
I can’t save her life, only she can but I am sure she will be shocked when she realizes the doctor left almost all the mesh in her. Why do I believe this? Well because few surgeons can remove it as it is very dangerous, so they do a big cover-up and swear they removed it. Unfortunately continuous dangerous complications are in her future and I don’t blame her for being so worried.
Now here is more you can read.
Your kidneys and what you can do
If you believe you had a different kind of sling other than mesh, you may feel safe. However they are causing many issues so please read this
How do you know what a doctor used? Well don’t bother to ask one because I asked mine after I was having complications and got nowhere. However I found out to go to the hospital and get certain records from my surgery. You don’t need to buy the entire report just the operative notes and nursing notes. You can read the post I wrote a long time ago.
I have been asked many times how would you know how much mesh was removed? Well there is only one test I know that shows up mesh and it is called the translabial ultrasound. I wrote about it when it was done on me before mesh removal. Read this blog