“This transvaginal mesh has even affected my family.”
Jodi, a nurse, suffered from urinary incontinence. She needed a hysterectomy for another issue so her doctor advised that she have the AMS mesh implanted at the same time. Just two days after surgery she had pain on one side of her groin and initially associated it with the hysterectomy. But she soon came to believe that the transvaginal mesh was the problem.
In 2012, Jodi went back to her surgeon six times, but clearly this issue was out of his league. She went back and forth to other specialists and a pain clinic, but no one could diagnose why she was in so much agony. She even had injections into her hip bone, thinking it was a bone problem.
“He finally referred me to a specialist at the Pelvic Floor Clinic in Calgary, but it took over a year to see her,” Jodi says. And she had another year of pain to deal with.
“A procedure at the clinic found the mesh in the wrong place, but I don’t know how that happened,” Jodi explains. “The specialist confirmed what I already knew: that this TVM sling is causing all the pain. And at least half of it has to be removed. She also said that there might be answers - why it has moved - during my surgery.”
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Jodi won’t know for certain whether the surgeon is in any way to blame until her new surgeon removes the mesh. Meanwhile, she is almost housebound.
“When I move, this mesh feels like a rubber band that snaps back,” she explains. “The pain is so bad it almost collapses me to my knees. It feels like I pulled a muscle in my groin. Nothing relieves it. I’ve tried heat, stretching, all kinds of exercises. I am so angry that I need another surgery. I am angry that my kids have to suffer (I’m a single mum) and most of all, I’m angry with the mesh manufacturer.”