Deb C's Top 10 Things to Know Before Mesh Surgery

//Deb C's Top 10 Things to Know Before Mesh Surgery

Deb C's Top 10 Things to Know Before Mesh Surgery

SUI mesh adDeb C. has created Mesh Me Not, a website for women which is a valuable resource for information both before and after surgery.  Here is her Top 10 List… it was too good NOT to republish. Thank you Deb!  Please visit her site!~ Editor

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What if I could go back in time to before I had my mesh implant for SUI? What are the things I wish I had known? What do I think I SHOULD have been told? What do I think are the basics that everyone should know before they have surgery for any pelvic repairs, including POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse), Bladder Prolapse, and SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence)?

These are the top 10 on my list:

Top 10 Things to Know About Mesh BEFORE Having Surgery for POP or SUI

1) There are FDA WARNINGS

FDA warnings went out to doctors and the general public regarding MESH used for POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) in 2008, 2011, and a few news releases since then. Even though these warnings are mostly geared towards POP repairs, they also contain a lot of information regarding reported complications for SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence). There seems to be some debate regarding the safety for mesh used for POP vs SUI. Still, in these warnings, there are specific warnings and guidelines for doctors and the general public that I would think anyone considering having TVM (transvaginal mesh) repairs would want to know, and should be made aware of.

2011-07-13 FDA NEWS RELEASE / 2011 FULL FDA warning (PDF)

I wish my doctor really explained to me that these FDA warnings existed, and that they directly pertained to the kind of surgery I was having. Not just gloss over general complications that apply to any surgery, but discuss the SPECIFIC warnings regarding TVM. Things like: complications are: “not rare”; how serious and often permanent complications can be, and that there is no evidence that pelvic repairs using mesh provides any clinical benefit compared to traditional surgery.

2) The Lawsuits all over the TV are NOT just for “older”, “outdated”, and “no longer in use” mesh.

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By |2013-09-09T13:26:34+00:00September 9th, 2013|Your Turn|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Stacy February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Int Urogynecol J. 2010 Jan;21(1):121-3. doi: 10.1007/s00192-009-0932-8. Epub 2009 Jun 17.

    Actinomyces infection associated with the transobturator sling.

    Ozel B, Kuo J, Minaglia S.

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    We present a case of Actinomyces infection associated with the transobturator sling. The patient had a transobturator sling complicated only by a left vaginal sulcal perforation. She subsequently developed mesh erosion that led to two partial mesh resections performed in the operating room at 6 weeks and again at 6 months after the initial surgery. She subsequently required a groin dissection and removal of the entire left side of the sling due to persistent infection. The presence of a foreign body is believed to create an environment that makes growth of the bacteria more likely. With increased use of artificial mesh in incontinence and prolapse surgery, we may see increasing numbers of these types of infections.

  2. bookworm May 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I need a doctor recommendation. I live in a small mountain resort town between Sacramento, Ca and Reno, NV. I have no obgyn here in tahoe that I can see. I saw one in Carson City but it was a total waste of time and money. He basically told me that my pain was “emotional flashback pain” from a sexual assault from when I was 13. He wouldnt discuss surgery options just wanted me to try two months of estrogen cream. It didnt work 5 years ago after my second corrective surgery and I didnt see the point in doing it again. I need someone that actually works with mesh survivors and is within an hour to hour and half drive from my home. Thank you.

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