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When Doctors Speak……Should We Always Listen?

doctors why we trust themA Mesh News Desk thoughtful reader has this to say about the Position Statement from the American Urogynecology Society  (AUGS). See background story here.

You may recall they feel the use of pelvic mesh is justified and still a “tool” they want to have in their toolbox. That may be a fallback position but as many readers know, mesh is pushed heavily by some doctors on their female patients experiencing incontinence or prolapse as a first-line treatment even as the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 said complications are not rare and the risks of polypropylene pelvic mesh repairs “may expose patients to greater risk” which outweighs the benefits. See background story here.

This thoughtful reader brings to our attention “these ads from doctors and nurses touting how good smoking cigarettes is for you makes me think of AUGS new position statement on TVM!!!   Just because “doctors” say it’s good for you doesn’t mean it’s true!”

Food for thought.  Enjoy the advertisements here!

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Kitty says:

    I recently had sling removed–it was tight and I could not pee–had bladder spasms I was self cathing While I was in the OR being prepped for surgery, I heard a familiar voice behind the curtain. It was the Dr that placed my sling some years ago. He happens to be a higher up with AUGS. I counld not believe my hears when he said “I can also put in a bladder sling for you” I believe she OKd it. I did not hear him go over any of the complications regarding the sling. I wanted to scream out– Truth is stranger than fiction.

  2. Linda R says:

    Who do you trust?

    I had the TVT. No need to go into elaborate details because we all know the consequences are the same, DEVASTATION AND DISASTER! Placement surgery was 2010. Removal was 2012 @ UCLA.. Reconstruction was 2013 @UCLA. When I completed reconstruction, the surgeon ordered a cat scan to be done of my bowel because he was concerned about a blockage. The results were negative for blockage but they did find an 8 by 9 hemorrhagic cm cyst in my ovary. My primary was very concerned. I went to a male gynecologist who informed me both ovaries should come out ASAP. He scheduled surgery 3 days later.(He was also an implanting mesh physician and had no concern about the current damage related to mesh) I read a lot and that was the medical recommendation that I found. I decided on a second opinion especially since I just completed reconstruction three weeks previous. I selected a woman in my state who is considered to be quite reputable. She closely reviewed all my records, She read the films herself and she suggested watching it for 3 months. I selected her because the time she took learning about me. She met with me and my husband, explained her viewpoint and we went with her recommendation. I did pelvic ultra sounds every 3 months and this week got the news that the cyst is 90% resolved. NO SURGERY NECESSARY. It has taken 9 months but no operation. I appreciated her patience and caution in regard to the damage caused by multiple operations. Finding a physician is not easy. What I have learned in this process is a doctor will sit and really explain the options. This surgeon was not interested in making the money, she was interested in quality health care and least drastic options. She remained involved and I was thankful and of course highly appreciative that I avoided the scalpel. We are responsible and in charge of our bodies. After all this devastation we have the skills to pick a physician/surgeon carefully. Just like all trauma in life, we have to recognize not everyone is going to be interested in their gain. The moral of this story is be aware, my cyst had not been identified in previous ultra sounds. The surgeon thought it may have been related to the trauma of reconstruction and my ovary is attached to the wall with scar tissue. If anyone has this problem be aware I was able to wait it out. I have not heard women blog of this related to mesh but wanted the word out in the event it comes up for someone else. We have to recognize there are physicians with ethics that actually adhere to “no harm done”

    Thanks for the website

    • Jane Akre says:

      That is a wonderful story. Congratulations on finding a helpful doctor who puts the patient first. We would not mind if you share her name! Thank you Linda… good job! ~ ja

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