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Transvaginal Mesh Victim Speaks Candidly about Sex Problems

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Winnipeg, SKColleen had a transvaginal mesh implant almost seven years ago, and for three of those years she has looked for a doctor to remove the TVT Sling, to no avail. If it isn’t removed soon, Colleen thinks she may never have sex again.

It isn’t easy to find a gynecologist or urologist to remove the mesh, particularly in Winnipeg. “I have met with several doctors over the years and they won’t even discuss it,” says Colleen. “They all tell me to go back to my gynecologist who implanted this mini arc but he retired. My GP said recently that ‘People in the Field’ are looking at a procedure to fix the problem.”

But who are these people, what field are they in, and where is the field? Perhaps Colleen’s doctor wants to give her some hope. While there are other types of mesh on the market that could replace the non-absorbable polyester or polypropylene type, which is most commonly used, removing the polyester mesh is a complex surgery and often requires multiple surgeries. A few specialists in the US have devoted their practice only to removing transvaginal mesh, and they have a long waiting list.

“I finally saw a urologist but all she was concerned about was my ‘over-active’ bladder and ordered a few tests,” adds Colleen, who had the TVT Sling implanted to correct pelvic organ prolapse. But the mesh made her bladder problems worsen.

“The transvaginal mesh seemed to work well for a few years but I got pain now and again where it was implanted and it hurt during sex, which put ‘a damper on things’, pun intended,” she says. “I started leaking even when my bladder was not full and during orgasm my bladder completely let go.” Around this time Colleen and her husband split up. He said to her, ‘Who would want to have sex with you doing that,’ (meaning her bladder leaking), and even though they got back together, Colleen admits their sex life hasn’t been great, but they are ‘dealing with these issues’.

Unfortunately the urologist Colleen saw doesn’t want to deal with the mesh issue. Colleen told her that the mesh had to come out but her urologist said it can’t be done and there would be too much damage to take it out. She too told Colleen ‘they’ are working on a ‘fix’ –somewhere in the field?

“Getting dressed for work in the morning and putting on my pants, I lift one leg into the pant leg and my bladder will let go without any warning,” Colleen adds. “So I have to wear a pad all the time. Even when my bladder isn’t full I have to go. And sometimes after a bowel movement it aches. Another thing my doctor won’t comment on is why I have so many bladder infections. When I finish the antibiotic treatment I am okay for a week and the infection comes back. So I’ve been on antibiotics for a year.”

Colleen has asked the urologist if the mesh could be causing the infection but she said it was something else, because the infection was showing up in her urine. Still…

Some doctors have told women that their transvaginal mesh problems are “all in their head, or that there is nothing wrong and they have to “get used to it”!

“I’m a psychologist so if someone tells me it’s all in my head, I reply, ‘I do think about it a lot but I feel about it down here’. Lots of people don’t want to deal with this transvaginal mesh issue,” says Colleen. “I can’t count the times I’ve had to rush home and change my clothes. I’m only 54 years old and I should enjoy many more years of a good sex life, but if this mesh doesn’t come out I may not want to have sex again.”

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Colleen there is help don't let these Drs say there isn't Dr Raz also removes mesh and Manitoba Health will help you if you live in Manitoba that is.
Get you GYN to write a letter to you provincial Health Department indicating that he or she can not remove the mesh and you have to have it removed by a surgeon who can and the only ones right now are unfortunately in the States if you live out of country.
My wife had a partial done in Canada it just made a bad issue into a worse one and her GYN said he could not remove it all and requested her to see Dr Raz in UCLA and the Health Department was a huge help financially for helping my wife and her escort go with her to have surgery done by Dr Raz.
Yes there is still a lot of issues as this mesh has put life long issues with my wife but please do not let these people tell you it's in your head get this mesh out.

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From A Husband's Viewpoint:

Loss of Consortium Is the Legalese Term... 8 Years Without Sex Due To The HORRIBLE Pain With My Lady and Also EXTREME Mental Horror That I Have Experienced, Not Only In My Mind But Overwhelming Concern For My Loving Wife With Whom GOD Has Allowed Me To Have Loved 34 Years... The Mesh Sling Surgery In 2009 Has Taken Us To The Absolute Devastating Limit Not Only Physically But Mentally. SO SAD AND TRAGIC ! ! !

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This message is for Colleen, there is a doctor that removes the TVT slings. His name is Dr. Amit Patel. His main office is located in Plano,TX. I promise you he's well worth the travel.

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