Transvaginal mesh problems, such as mesh erosion is no laughing matter, as Marion (not her real name) knows only too well. She had the TVT sling surgery back in 2006—almost six years ago. Right after the surgery she knew something was wrong.
"The first time my husband and I tried to have intercourse after the surgery it was too painful," says Marion. "I bled a great deal and still do, so I went back to my gynecologist in Ottawa. He wasn't there so I saw the resident and she more or less dismissed me. At the time I couldn't understand what was wrong with her—her attitude was so blasé. 'If you want, we can take it out,' she said. Wow, I just wanted to make sure everything was OK. It was late on Friday afternoon, so maybe she was cranky and tired. Anyway, I saw my doctor a few months later, hoping to get some answers.
"But Dr. Baker was also dismissive. I just wanted him to take a look and he said everything was fine. Then I saw my own GP because I know there is something wrong—my lower stomach feels very strange. But I had vaginal ultrasounds and nothing appeared abnormal.
"Still, I never stopped worrying. Then a few months ago we were in Florida and I saw an ad on TV about this transvaginal mesh. Ohmigod, my problem is real! Now I know I am not going crazy.
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"All I remember before having this TVT sling is getting a little blue book that explained the procedure for stress incontinence. I was so glad at first because the surgery was successful, but that soon changed. I am so annoyed because before I knew what was wrong, I spent so much time worrying what on earth could be wrong with me and going to my doctors. You can't help but wonder what else is wrong.
"How can this transvaginal mesh still be on the market? I just don't get it. As I understand from my research, the medical community is close-mouthed, but it isn't really their fault, and I don't blame my doctors. I believe they get sold a bill of goods by the makers of medical devices like this TVT. It is despicable."