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Avaulta TVM and Hernia Mesh Mess—Two Testimonials

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Minneapolis, MN"The public really needs to know what is going on with transvaginal mesh [TVM]," says Renee. "Since I had transvaginal sling surgery I've had infections and fever and now I'm considering surgery to have it removed." Anne, like hundreds of other woman, has similar symptoms. "I'm in constant pain and my incontinence problems are even worse than before surgery," she says.

Anne has suffered many complications from the Avaulta transvaginal mesh, including additional surgeries for erosion of the mesh and sling within a year of her initial surgery in 2007. "My problems are so much worse now than before that first surgery," says Anne. "Because I am dealing with constant pain and incontinence, I'm also suffering from depression, fatigue, abdominal swelling and lower leg and ankle swelling. And I've been out of work for almost a year."

Although Renee, age 52, didn't have a transvaginal mesh sling, she says the same kind of mesh was used for her hernia sling surgery. "I read a number of articles about this mess and thought TVM was a different thing but that's not the case," she says.

For the past three years Renee has also had nothing but problems from this polypropylene mesh, from bladder prolapse to cysts on her ovaries. "It feels like there's a metal screen popping through my lower right abdominal area and my vaginal area feels like sandpaper," she says. "No matter how many antibiotics I'm prescribed I can't shake these infections (including yeast infections from the meds), or low-grade fever so now I have to consider getting this mesh removed. Right now I feel like I'm on fire with this mesh—it burns when I urinate and there is a lot of vaginal burning."

And it gets worse for Renee: she says her thyroid problems started right after the mesh surgery—too coincidental? "My urologist said my thyroid is shutting down because toxins have destroyed it—due to so many meds and steroids I've been on these past few years. Next week I'm having surgery to remove my thyroid. A biopsy showed seven nodules—the radiologist said he typically sees a few nodules on the thyroid but it is unusual to see seven.

"I was very healthy before the hernia repair; now I'm unable to work because I'm sick all the time. I have about three medical appointments per week—I get one thing cleared up and something else comes along. After my thyroid surgery I will be on medication for the rest of my life—what a mess this has got me into.

"I want to get this mesh removed but first I have to find someone to do it. My surgeon said he could take it out. He also said, 'You will leak all over the place—is that what you want?' I'll take leakage over all these complications…

"It amazes me that this mesh, including transvaginal mesh, is on the market. I can only surmise that the TVM manufacturers invested so much into their product that they have to sell it. It certainly doesn't seem like they are advocating for the general public. And I figure my doctor knows there is something really wrong with this mesh sling—he must know the adverse effects. He used to spend an hour or so with me in his office and now he only gives me a few minutes."

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I had the avaulta solo put in in 2010. Since then I too have gone through a battle. I had revision surgery that could only get small portion out due to my doc saying a hole would be left in bladder so he can not take any more. Then I had infection stone surgery twice, countless hospital stays for severe kidney infection and now they have found a lump on one side of my thyroid and are sending me to a endocrinologist in June. They have not treated me for thyroid problem yet, they are watching it a while. I have never had thyroid problems in my life. I am now getting nausea every day and hoping they treat me for it soon. I see I am not the only one with the mesh and sudden thyroid issues, I do not think that is just coincendential. My doc says no surgery on anything else if ever needed can be done because I have constant infections. My doc says my infections are off the charts. I am praying no one gets thyroid cancer from this and I, myself will not know until June if I do.I was trying to find if there were other women with this same diagnosis and now I know there is. Thanks for your input.

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