Mesh Tortures Women

Fortunately, regardless of all the bad stuff I hear or read, our home is full of sweet little dogs that makes me smile again.

What a week. I try to stay busy and not dwell on my own health problems, although at times it is hard to do. But I still read women’s stories from all around the world and know that women EVERYWHERE are being tortured by mesh implants.

It is against the law to water-board or torture terrorists, but to our governments it doesn’t seem to matter about the torture of women because of mesh implants. The FDA has put out three warnings here in the U.S in the past eight years, but even today they have done nothing to force doctors to give women the truth about mesh complications BEFORE they do these surgeries. One woman I know read about a woman on her support group for ‘colostomy’ who said she is about to have her hernia repaired with mesh. The woman I know was horrified and warned her privately about what had happened to her because of a mesh implant. The woman said her doctor said there are new products, but when asked what these were and could she have a link to read about them, she received no reply. It really bothered the woman who has been badly injured by mesh implants, in fact it was two implants. But of course when someone does not want to know the truth, there is nothing you can do about it but walk away and put it out of your mind.

I have also been watching what is happening to another woman because of her implant. She has been in and out of the hospital and is there right now as I write. She told me she already had MRSA and antibiotics do not help her. What is wrong? A blocked bowel! Mesh can migrate even if it is not put directly onto your bowel and can then erode and cause a complete blockage. If this does not sound bad to you then this is what she also said. “I am being giving morphine every two hours and it is not touching my pain.” What will happen to her, I just don’t know? Obviously to me, her doctors do not have a clue what to do to fix this mess and I am afraid for her outcome. I did hear from her and she said they doctors recommend another hospital she should go to, where someone would be able to deal with her mesh implant. She said “At least they stated their ignorance”.

Complications from hernia repairs with mesh have been reported for a number of years and the fact that it migrates and erodes through the colon and bowel is a well-known fact. I often tell women to rest for a long time after removal surgery or you could wind up with an incisional hernia.

Incisional hernia is the most common complication of abdominal surgery, with an incidence up to 10-15% and recurrence rates of 20-45%. These hernias are often repaired with synthetic mesh to reinforce the repair or to reduce tension on weakened or missing abdominal wall fascia. This case presents one unusual complication of using mesh migration. In this case, the source of a patient’s abdominal pain was found to be the erosion of the polypropylene mesh into the cecum.

10 to 15%! That is outrageous and probably not correct because the reporting incidence by patients to the FDA is still far too low. So this means that at least 10 to 15% of hernia mesh patients, both men and women are being tortured by their mesh implant. That is the VERY LEAST amount from hernia repairs. So what is the cecum?

The cecum receives chyme from the ileum, and connects to the ascending colon of the large intestine. It is separated from the ileum by the ileocecal valve (ICV) or Bauhin’s valve. It is also separated from the colon by the cecocolic junction. The appendix is connected to the cecum.

One of the most common surgeries that causes terrible pain and havoc to a woman’s body because they use mesh implants, is the following surgery.

Sacrocolpopexy (sacral colpopexy) is a surgical technique for repairing pelvic organ prolapse. Reconstruction is achieved with an open abdominal technique or with the use of minimally invasive techniques. The specific treatment approach is chosen in accordance with the type and degree of pelvic organ prolapse, as well as the severity of symptoms.


A basic exploratory laparotomy instrument set provides most of the needed surgical instruments. The following may be required:

  • Balfour, Turner-Warwick, or Bookwalter retractor
  • Vaginal instruments (eg, weighted speculum, Breisky retractors, a tenaculum, ring forceps, dilators, or an end-to-end anastomotic sizer)
  • Cystoscope

A graft is used to support the vaginal wall and suspend the apical vault to the sacral promontory. Material types include the following:

  • Autologous (patient’s own tissue)
  • Allograft (tissue obtained from members of the same species)
  • Xenograft (biologic material procured from other species)
  • Synthetic: The FDA notes that serious complications are not rare with the use of surgical mesh in transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse

Immediate perioperative complications include bowel obstruction, peritonitis, urine leak from failed intraoperative recognition of a cystotomy, dehiscence, and infection. Although most of these complications occur rarely, they must be included in the differential when symptoms occur. Delayed bleeding is a rare complication but should be entertained in a patient who is hemodynamically unstable.

So let’s view what each graft is all about.

autologous graft (autoplastic graft) a graft taken from another area of the patient’s own body; called also autograft. Most doctors doing pelvic surgery are not experienced in using a patient’s own tissue which is why they use a mesh implant. Here is the next one.

Understanding Allografts:
What They are and the Role They’ll Play in Your Surgery. You should be aware that

many women have had complications from these grafts.

You have a surgery coming up…and your doctor will be using an allograft
in your procedure. What is an allograft?
An allograft is a bone, ligament,
cartilage, tendon or section of skin
that is transplanted from one

person to another.

Every year in the United States, doctors use more than a million allografts to help…

• athletes who need knee reconstruction
• people suffering from back pain
• cancer patients who need tumor surgery

These are just a few examples. Surgeons have used allografts successfully—in all kinds of procedures—for decades. Allografts have improved millions of people’s lives. Your doctor thinks an allograft is a good choice for you, too.

Where do allografts come from? Allografts come from donors—people who died in accidents or from sudden illnesses. Many times, just one donor’s gift can help a lot of people

So what about the complication rates from these grafts? I found this paragraph in a book when I searched.

Allograft use has been increasing because donor site morbidity is avoided. Although this benefit is well understood, the drawbacks are more complicated and less well understood. The purpose of this chapter is to collect information on potential allograft risk and allograft complications to help surgeons in their risk-benefit analyses. Some of the information contained in this chapter can be found elsewhere in the chapters on stability results and infections.

Potential allograft complications/risks can be divided into three categories: (1) graft failure or increased laxity and late graft laxity; (2) infection; and (3)
disease transmission. The first two also occur with autografts; the third is allograft specific. Potential causes for increased allograft laxity are: (1) radiation sterilization; (2) non-radiation sterilization; (3) freezing; (4) increased donor age; and (5) increased allograft shelf life.

Potential causes for increased allograft infection and disease transmission risk are: (1) failure to follow tissue-handling guidelines; (2) fraudulent procurement practices; (3) lack of sterilization; (4) foreign body effects; and (5) harvest/preparation contamination. It is of interest to note that two of these factors involve human error by individuals not within the surgeon’s control. This highlights the inherently increased risk in allografts versus autografts attendant to the fact that so many delicate and exacting tasks must be properly performed before the graft gets to the operating room. There is no way to know if human error is involved or not when you have these complications. You should search on line to see if yours was recalled or if it was out of date when you were implanted. If it was you may have a good case against the hospital for not removing them from the shelves.

I know someone who has had serious infections since she was implanted with both mesh and an allograft just this year and I researched so she could learn more. This is what I found.

High complication rates with pelvic allografts. Experience of 22 sarcoma resections. Here is a good link to read if this happened to you.

So what is Xenograft?

Xenograft: A surgical graft of tissue from one species to an unlike species (or genus or family). A graft from a baboon to a human is a xenograft.

The prefix “xeno-” means foreign. It comes from the Greek word “xenos” meaning stranger, guest, or host. (Xeno- and xen- are variant forms of the same prefix.)

And of course the ones we all understand once they go wrong.

The most common polymers used to construct these grafts are polyethylene terepthalate (Dacron) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Gore-Tex). Dacron is used in 80% of synthetic grafts and PTFE is used in most of the other grafts produced.

Believe it or not there are many other grafts used in the human body for many different reasons and it is good to learn about these along with any complications BEFORE you undertake any kind of surgery and don’t just take a doctor’s word that they are not using the same kind of mesh. First be forceful and ask to view a proper manufacturers pamphlet to view all complications. There are many problems associated with any graft and you should then research and learn all you can. Don’t take a doctor’s word for anything. They are biased by what is on the operating room shelves and how the implant manufacturer sways their vote.

It is not surprising to me that because of implants there are so many women who are being tortured. I have read so many studies and they are all worded from a clinical point of view. However; if it is your life that has changed dramatically, you want to get the answers as quickly as possible as to what needs to be done to help you feel healthier. When there is erosion either in the bowel or bladder it is extremely painful and highly scary.

On a different note this week, I have always said mesh is a WORLD problem, because the common use of mesh implants is happening in many countries. The reason of course is the pharmaceutical companies are spreading far and wide across the Globe, pushing their implants to whoever will listen. This comment came in on my blog from South Africa just this week. It is not the first time I have heard from women over there and other women in that country have felt the same kind of pain that American women feel. Someone told me recently that she never thought anything about women in other countries because she lived in America. But now she is viewing this in a whole different light. I am happy she is because the War on Mesh is all across the globe. When I saw the comment, I sent the South African woman an email and connected her to others in her country. Now read this.

“Hi Linda
The magic of the Internet. Amazing how some I’ll may never meet is supporting me in an unsure time in my life. Thank you for your mail, I’ll make contact with her.
Yesterday I send a mail to a Dr in Bethlehem South Africa who specialise in pelvic food surgery. Asking him who the best dr is to do my surgery he replied that Dr Henn  (my dr here in Bloemfontein ) is the best dr to do my surgery.

Also the magic for Psalms 121 give me hope that I’ll be fine”

The hard part is, getting mesh removed can be quite dramatic and it can take a few years before any doctor has a clue as to the best way to remove it, with as little damage as possible. Therefore, the early patients will once again become guinea pigs. Therefore, many women will have multiple surgeries and small pieces will be removed during every one. This will cause severe health repercussions and sadly the outcome can sometimes be a long drawn out death. This is why mesh implants should not be used unless there is ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE, and not used as the gold standard on every woman who walks into a doctor’s office who has a pelvic issue.

The sad part about the torturing side effects of mesh implants are life altering and many women then are given many medications, which then take them down yet another terrible path. There are so many side effects from any drug. Did you know that prescription drugs can cause OCD? Yes, they can. Now read this.

Substance or medication induced OCD occurs as a direct result of using drugs, such as prescribed medications, illicit substances, alcohol, or exposure to certain toxins. Medications or substances may induce obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms and behaviors. while under their influence or upon withdrawal from their use.

Obsessive compulsive disorders(OCD) refers to a mental illness that causes an individual to have persistent, intrusive thoughts, or obsessions. These obsessions often drive the individual to act out certain behaviors, or compulsions, in order to reduce the severe anxiety caused by the obsessions. Certain medications and substances can cause OCD and related disorders.

So which drugs can do this to you? I also know that because of pain many women self-medicate with other substances.

  • Amphetamines (prescription) – often prescribed for ADHD or purchased and used illegally
  • Antispsychotics (olanzapine) prescribed for schizophrenia
  • Hypnotics (prescription), but sometimes used illicitly for recreation
  • Sympathomimetics (i.e. epinephrine or norepinephrine) and other bronchodilators
  • Anticholinergics
  • Anticonvulsants (used for management of epilepsy)
  • Thyroid medications
  • Lithium (lithium carbonate) – used to treat a variety of mental illnesses
  • Cannabis (marijuana)
  • Cocaine, including crack and crystal methamphetamine
  • Hallucinogens (i.e. LSD, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Toxins – volatile and toxic substances, such as fuel, paint, nerve gases, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, organophosphate insecticides

Then there is a huge problem with pain medications and to learn more about them you can read the following blogs.

First this one will tell you all about the most dangerous of pain medications

If you are having nightmares, then this may explain another side effect of prescription drugs.

So once the mesh pain nightmare begins, you could go down a terrible path, way beyond anything that you could imagine. My advice is ‘Don’t allow any doctor to use mesh in your body”.


  1. Pam Beauchamp

    Excellent article. Thank you Linda.

  2. Just me!

    I know you wrote about it somewhere but would just like to mention that I honestly think a great percentage of us are also struggling with a PTSD of varying degrees. I know I do! The thought of surgery, going to any doctor or emergency room and being ignored or not treated properly. I have so much fear in those areas and it spreads into your life!. I have had times when I should have gone but laid in bed and would rather have died, SERIOUSLY! , than to go to an ER! These are just more thoughts that torture us! We think the medical providers are afraid to take us on….they have NO CLUE HOW AFRAID WE ARE TO STEP IN THEIR OFFICES AND HOSPITALS!!! Nor do they care! Just felt like adding this, maybe I will feel better now! I just think mesh women should be aware of it. I know you’ve written about it too just can’t track it down. Thanks for all you do! We love you!

    1. Linda (Post author)

      Yes, this is the other torture that no one addresses.


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