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Transvaginal Mesh Spells No Sleep, No Social Life, No Sex

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Toronto, ONUpon her doctor’s advice, Lana had a transvaginal mesh implant to treat urinary incontinence. “I didn’t expect any transvaginal mesh complications,” says Lana.
“I wake up at night like an old lady with incontinence. I have no social life because it is so embarrassing and my sex life is a mess.”


Lana (not her real name), in her late 40s, was told that the transvaginal mesh sling would all but eliminate her incontinence problems, which began after giving birth to her fourth child. “I started to lose a bit of urine when I laughed, coughed or sneezed and I worried it would get worse as I get older,” Lana explains. “I was recommended to one of the best specialists and he said TVM was the answer. He did an exam after surgery and said it was perfect.”

How wrong he was! Three weeks later, Lana’s incontinence was worse than it had ever been. She said her bladder wasn’t where it was supposed to be, that it was “almost out” and she began to worry about cancer, among other worries.

Lana hasn’t had a good night’s sleep either. “I wake up at least twice a night to pee, even if I don’t have anything to drink after dinner,” she says. “Going to a restaurant is out of the question, or even going to one of the kid’s events is difficult, so there goes my social life.

“And the sex is painful. I worry because anytime we have sex it is terrible. I ask my husband if it hurts him but he wouldn’t tell me, even if it did. I think it does hurt him because he doesn’t initiate sex anymore.”

Next up, Lana was suffering from back pains and thought she had kidney stones so she had a CT Scan. Her doctor said that indeed her bladder was out of place but didn’t explain why. Now she is being treated with hydrotherapy in an attempt to break down the kidney stones. Lana wants to have another CT Scan, this time to focus on the transvaginal mesh and whether it has eroded or migrated, but she is also concerned about so much radiation.

“I worked in a hospital and my parents have a medical background so I tend to be cautious,” Lana adds. “My family doctor has referred me to another specialist but I read online that some women have gone through multiple surgeries to get it removed - I am terrified.

“I think this is as bad as it gets: there goes my social life, sex life and sleep. Thank God I have a great husband. If I was younger, sex would be a huge problem. Sex is supposed to be a healthy part of your life. What am I going to do, besides get involved in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit? Hopefully, my story can help others: whatever your doctor advises, don’t get transvaginal mesh.”

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After my wife had this surgery, the mesh migrated and eroded. Our first indication was something that appeared to be a polyp type growth on the side of her bladder, and something floating around on the loose in there. I was scared to death she was developing bladder cancer. Our sex life has been destroyed, and along with it, any intimacy or physical contact of any kind. The multiple lengthy and invasive surgeries are exhausting, and fraught with the risk of their own complications. My wifes' life and physical health have been forever changed, as has our marital relationship. I can only wish that we had some idea that this is what we were looking at, before this cursed surgery.

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Sadly, this is not as bad as it gets. It gets worse for many transvaginal mesh victims. I know women who have colostomy bags and urostomy bags. Women who have to self-catheterize 6 or 7 times a day, because they can no longer pee on their own. In my case, I've had 7 surgeries in the past 4 years to try to remove the mesh and deal with all the complications it caused. I'm in constant pelvic pain. I cannot sit - at all - so I've missed so much of our four children's lives, everything from hockey games to high school graduations to band concerts. Because I can't sit (or stand for very long), and because i have to be on 6 different medications to keep the pain at a tolerable level, I can no longer work. And sex, well that's a thing of the past. My husband of almost 25 years is very understanding, but it has hurt our relationship, how could it not? I cannot believe I went from a 40 year old healthy, happy, active fitness buff who walked 6 miles a day, then rollerbladed and biked most evenings....to a 45 year old who hobbles around like she's 80. I think a financial settlement from the tv-mesh lawsuit would be insulting if it did not take into account the fact that mesh basically crippled me, and it is not something that is fixable. I feel for all transvaginal mesh victims and their families.

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