vaginal mesh erosion

Shelly Community Member April 04, 2008
  • What causes mesh erosion and why are so many women suffering from this? I had a surgery to correct vaginal and rectol prolasps....using the mesh. Also a sling was put on my urethra, now 6 months later, everything has to come out...I am schedualed this coming week for yet a third surgery. I have been told it will take up to 3 more surgerys to fix everything. After finding this site, I am shocked as to how many women are suffering the same thing. What is the cause of mesh erosion? Why does it come through the vaginal wall and possibly other areas.....I see where there are law suits pending against this mesh.....what's going on?

                                                                     Shelly

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  • Anonymous
    Matt
    Oct. 17, 2008

    Our law firm is currently litigating against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in their home state of New Jersey, and are investigating additional cases.  If you believe that you have been seriously injured due to the Gynecare Prolift or a similar mesh system, and you are interested in learning more about how we can help, please visit our website at:...

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    Our law firm is currently litigating against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in their home state of New Jersey, and are investigating additional cases.  If you believe that you have been seriously injured due to the Gynecare Prolift or a similar mesh system, and you are interested in learning more about how we can help, please visit our website at:  www.MeshComplications.com

  • Maria Gifford
    Apr. 06, 2008

    Hello Shelly,

     

    Welcome to our community. As John has said, you've come to a great place for information and support. We're glad to have you with us.

     

    Regarding vaginal mesh erosion, yes -- many women are experiencing serious post-surgical problems, and I'm sorry to hear you're one of them. Here's some additional information...

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    Hello Shelly,

     

    Welcome to our community. As John has said, you've come to a great place for information and support. We're glad to have you with us.

     

    Regarding vaginal mesh erosion, yes -- many women are experiencing serious post-surgical problems, and I'm sorry to hear you're one of them. Here's some additional information for you:

     

    Vaginal Slings: When Surgery for Incontinence Goes Wrong

    http://www.healthcentral.com/incontinence/c/52/16619/surgery-wrong/

     

    Incontinence Treatment: More Information on Surgical Outcomes

    http://www.healthcentral.com/incontinence/c/52/17137/surgical/ 

     

    Tension-Free Tape/Sling Surgery for Stress Incontinence

    http://www.healthcentral.com/incontinence/c/52/2514/free-stress/ 

     

    Victim of Mesh Erosion

    http://www.healthcentral.com/incontinence/c/14602/15984/victim-mesh/

     

    You'll likely hear from others on our site soon as well. Keep us posted on how you're doing and let us know how your upcoming surgery turns out.

     

    Best,

    Maria

     

    Maria Gifford

    Community Moderator

    IncontinenceNetwork.com

     

    • Anne
      Aug. 13, 2008

      I'm really sorry to read these messages.  My heart goes out to you and I hope everything turns out alright.

       

      I hope you don't mind if I take this opportunity to ask the rest of you for some advice about my own situation. 

       

      Some background: I'm 27 years old and I've had pretty severe stress incontinence for several years now.  I've...

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      I'm really sorry to read these messages.  My heart goes out to you and I hope everything turns out alright.

       

      I hope you don't mind if I take this opportunity to ask the rest of you for some advice about my own situation. 

       

      Some background: I'm 27 years old and I've had pretty severe stress incontinence for several years now.  I've never been pregnant, but I recently got married and I'd like to start a family eventually.  I've worked with my primary care doctor for a while and for the last year and a half, I've seen a urogynecologist.  I've done Kegels (sp?) until I'm blue in the face, and my situation has not gotten appreciably better.  I've also had some urge incontinence for the last six months or so-a distressing new component!

       

      I've discussed the prospect of surgery with my urogyn.  He seems to think I'd be a pretty good candidate for it, and I love the idea of an instant fix-the need for pads, the embarassment, and the constant worry have really taken a toll on me.  However, he says that the fact that I'm still thinking of having babies is a contraindication for the operation at this point.  I've heard from many of my friends that all of these problems get worse during pregnancy and I just dread that idea.  Now, as I read about these horrible complications, I just don't know what to think.

       

      I'd love to hear from those of you who have had surgery.  What do you see as the pros and cons?  Would you do it all again if you had the choice?

       

      Thanks for your input.  Again, I wish you the best.

    • HoffmanCJBM
      Oct. 10, 2012

      I had sergery in 2010 for vagial prolapse and incontinence.    I would never consider it again.    It has been the most horrible experience ever.   In went to a different Dr. who was well known in treating Prolapse and incontinece and he could not believe the mess my body was in.    We did a hysterectomy...

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      I had sergery in 2010 for vagial prolapse and incontinence.    I would never consider it again.    It has been the most horrible experience ever.   In went to a different Dr. who was well known in treating Prolapse and incontinece and he could not believe the mess my body was in.    We did a hysterectomy in 2011 to fix a little of the problem.   I still have incontinece issues ever after the surgery.  I had my 3rd surgery to start the process of cleaning the erosion from the mesh in my body.    I cannot have intercourse with my husband anymore cause of the pain I endure.  I bleed during intercourse and at random times and this is because the mesh is tearing away from the vaginal wall.  I was told after surgery that the mess was in place and would not come loose.  Wrong.    I do not recommend this procedure.   Find a Specialist who is well known in the medical field regarding incontinence and speak with them about other options.   Oh and did I mention that I now have to cath myself during the week because of complications from the mesh?  If I would have seen that more patients have compications than not, I would never have done this.    Please weigh your options and realize you too will most likely have to deal with these issues like the rest of us if you have the mesh installed.

  • john
    Apr. 04, 2008

    I can sense the frustration here.   Hopefully those with expertise can offer advice,

    clarification and hope to you as you deal with this.   I can only offer my support

    as one who is also 'living with it', even tho I'm not female and my incontinence is from

    other causes.    You've come to a good place to...

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    I can sense the frustration here.   Hopefully those with expertise can offer advice,

    clarification and hope to you as you deal with this.   I can only offer my support

    as one who is also 'living with it', even tho I'm not female and my incontinence is from

    other causes.    You've come to a good place to seek information and guidance, which I'm sure will be forthcoming soon.

     

    John.