The Horror Of Pelvic Mesh Removal Surgery

Pelvic Mesh was designed to act as a sling to pull sagging pelvic structures in place.

My nightmare began with having pelvic mesh surgery not only once but twice!

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Pelvic Mesh Removal

Pelvic Mesh Removal

A detail image of sterile surgery instruments in an operation room

I have had 2 pelvic mesh surgeries to correct urinary incontinence.

They Both Failed…

The second surgery was to again attempt to correct the alignment of my leaking bladder (cystocele) and also to correct the beginnings of megacolon (rectocele).

This means that by the time the second pelvic mesh surgery, I had 3 seperate transvaginal mesh implants inside my body.

Now I was having problems with mesh erosion causing bleeding and a chronic infection in my vagina. The pelvic mesh now had to be removed!

By this time my husband and I were no longer capable of having any sexual relations as a result of the transvaginal mesh implants due to pain.

First I was referred to a urologist by my gynecologist, but since the mesh had erroded in two seperate places inside my vagina, it was a surgery that was going to be too complicated for him to do. I was referred to the pelvic reconstruction department of Loma Linda Medical Center.

There were several tests that they had to do prior to removing the 3 transvaginal mesh implants.

  • urodynamics
  • cystoscopy
  • pelvic exam

Then I was scheduled to have my transvaginal mesh removed

I had told the gynecologist about my Fibromyalgia and that I was afraid of having the same kind of pain as I had experienced after the last time the pelvic mesh was implanted. He assured me that this would not happen again, and I have to give the doctor credit as they did everything that they could to insure that I would remain comfortable after the surgery.

The transvaginal mesh was removed and I spent a day in the hospital. During the surgery they put in a urinary catheter to drain your bladder, but sometimes due to the swelling you may be unable to urinate after the surgery and the catheter must remain in place when you go home.

urinary catheter

As embarrassing as it sounds, that happened to me, and I was discharged home with a urinary catheter and instructions on how to care for it. I had a follow up appointment with the surgeon in a week and if I could urinate then, they would remove the catheter.

Needless to say, I did not go anywhere during that time, and accepted no visitors!

At the first visit, they were able to remove the catheter. But while the catheter was in, I had developed a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection!

This took several rounds of antibiotics, and 2 trips to urgent care to cure! OUCH

At my first follow up appointment with the gynecologist they were able to remove the catheter.

They found a problem during my gynecological exam

Because there were 2 areas of mesh erosion lateral from each other, after surgery my Vagina tried to grow together during healing and the surgeon had to cut the two sides of my vagina apart and paint silver nitrate on the wounds. My vagina was packed to prevent the two wounds from touching again, and I was given another follow up appointment is a week.

At this appointment the vaginal packing was removed and another pelvic exam was done.

I was still experiencing allot of pain during the vaginal exam postoperatively and there was some bleeding after the exam.

On the next visit 3 weeks later the doctor said that I could try vaginal intercourse with my husband. This proved to be impossible due to the severe pain in my perineal area. The area where an epesiotimy is preformed during delivery of a baby.

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On my next visit we discussed the severe pain I had in that area and that the pelvic exam was excruciating. He ordered me to try using a Vaginal Dilator and applying pressure to the painful area with it in order to try to desensitize the area.

This only made the pain WORSE!

For most patients vaginal dilators work wonders when the vagina experiences pain due to tight muscles, but my problem also includes extreme sensitivity in the perineal area.

On the last 2 subsequent visits, we discussed the problems using the vaginal dilator and the amount of pain that it caused. At this point I have all but given up on the thought of ever having sexual relations with my husband…

On my next visit the pain in that area had intensified to the point that a vaginal exam was excruciating. Because of this pain my doctor has ordered several other tests, some sort of numbing injections into the most painful area and Vaginal Physical Therapy.

So hold on to your seats for the next chapter of my pelvic mesh removal nightmare!

If you are experiencing symptoms of problems with your pelvic mesh, please contact one of the attorneys that are currently handling these cases. These companies are continuing to market this product to doctors and telling them that the complication rates are low…..

If you are considering having pelvic mesh, bladder mesh, transvaginal mesh or any other mesh surgery I strongly encourage you to do your research and make an intellegent decision.

Would I do pelvic mesh surgery again?

In one word “NO”!

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