TVT Tape Erosion was never mentioned when I was advised to have a TVT inserted. Immediately after surgery on coming round I had a severe pain under my left buttock which the nurses and Drs just ignored. The pain from the pubic catheter was even worse. I was in hospital 4 days before I could pass urine. I had 4 months of urine infections which were so painful. Then I discovered the tape had eroded through the vaginal wall and was sticking out into my vagina. I was too scared to go back to the original surgeon so took a second opinion and he removed this section of the tape and also a section from under the urethra as he thought this section of the tape may erode through the urethra too. This was nearly 3 years ago and I still have problems sitting down. It still feels like something inside of me that does not want to be there. I still get pain either side of the pubic bone, a pulling pain and sometimes it feels like the tape is cutting me inside. I sent away for a peice of the tape and the edges are really sharp. I just have lost faith in any of the surgeons I have seen as they just look at me as if I am making it all up. I am permanently on amitryptelene which they say will make any nerve damage less painful. They talk about the removal of the rest of the tape but I just am so petrified of any further surgery. I have just decided to get on with this as best as I can and take painkillers when necessary but dread the outcome. I have heard of people having tape erosion as much as 5 years after their operations. There is a very strong large group of people in the US who have formed a group and are taking the manaufacturers of the Gynecare tape to Court. Does anyone know if there is a similar group of people in the UK? I do not want to go to Court but I do want to save other poor people from going through this. I know it has been successful for many women, but I also know that there has been a huge amount of misery for many too. And, if I had known about the possibility of tape erosion, I would never have had it done.
Published On: October 19, 2007