Lisa Spitzer MSW who runs the Transvaginal mesh helpline has heard many "horror stories" Equal to the horror stories, if not worse, then Silicone Breast Implants.
"It is important for woman to share their stories and find support from others " The emotional and physical ramifications of these Transvaginal Mesh surgical implants, silicone breast implants, Mirena IUD and other devices are severe" "These helplines assist women in locating a lawyer but, there is more to this then just legal advise and filing a lawsuit." Monetary damages cannot reverse some of the life changing stories I am hearing" There are damaging physical and psychological effects from these surgical implants that are far reaching. Many women cannot have sexual intercourse as a result of this mesh surgical procedure which can effect the stability of a marriage. Others cannot drive a car any longer,visit and play with their grandchildren or take part in the joys of life the mesh was promised to help with. The Silicone Breast Implants have caused severe auto immune system diseases and disfigurement.
By COURTNEY HUTCHISON, ABC News Medical Unit The Vaginal Mesh Fiasco
Sept. 9, 2011
What was supposed to be a simple surgery to relieve bloating and constipation turned into a living nightmare for Linda Gross, 46, of Watertown, S.D.
Gross experienced pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the organs of the pelvis begin to shift because of a weakened pelvic wall. Her doctor implanted Gynecare Prolift, a relatively new type of surgical mesh, into her pelvic wall through incisions made in her vagina.
Ever since that implantation in 2006, Gross says she has had urinary complications, constant pain and swelling as her body continues to reject the mesh. She says she can't sit for more than 20 minutes, she can't have sex with her husband, she can't be active for more than a few minutes at a time. Twelve surgeries have failed to remove all the mesh or relieve her pain and swelling.
"It's horrible. There are unknown amounts of the mesh still in me. I have extreme pain. It feels like the inside of my vaginal wall is on fire," Gross told ABCNews.com. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone."
The following are problems linked to transvaginal mesh:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina
- Organ perforation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary problems
There have been horrors of disease and disfigurement associated with toxic breast implants.
Typical symptoms associated with silicone illness (also called "silicone poisoning" or "silicosis") include cognitive dysfunction, short-term memory loss, Sjogren's syndrome (dryness in the glands, such as the mouth, kidneys, eyes, and lungs), scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatom-yositis, severe joint and muscle pain, incapacitating fatigue, swollen lymph glands, skin problems, peripheral numbness, multiple allergies, headaches, hair loss, sunlight sensitivity, central nervous system disorders (similar to multiple sclerosis), and others.
Complications From The Vaginal Mesh
With the vaginal mesh there have been reports of recurring prolapse, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, and emotional problems related to the vaginal mesh. These complications often result in a patient requiring additional treatment, including surgery and further hospitalization.
The mesh helped keep the organs in place, but indications are that the transvaginal mesh harmed more than it helped. Some women who had the vaginal mesh surgery using it have reported "painful sexual intercourse, infections, urinary problems, overall discomfort, and bleeding, usually from the mesh eroding through the stitched tissue or from skin contracting tightly around it." Last year, 75,000 women had the vaginal form of the corrective surgery, and in the past two years, adverse event reports to the FDA have quintupled.
The FDA has also received reports that three women died in connection with the vaginal mesh surgery, and several other women are suing the device makers. One of their transvaginal mesh lawyers, who represents 75 patients, told the Globe, "It is unfortunate that the FDA came to these conclusions after all these people get hurt.''
If you would like to share your Vaginal Mesh or Siliconee Breast Implant story we would like to hear from you. If you have complications from the prolapse mesh,surgical mesh implants or disease form Silicone Breast Implants contact us.
Over 300,000 women have been implanted with vaginal mesh surgical devices and many of them are failing and women are suffering.
"This may be even larger in scope then the breast Implant horror" says Lisa Spitzer Msw who mangages the Vaginal Mesh Helpline.
Many women are suffering and they are having trouble finding doctors to remove the mesh. Although there are no related diseases lke the silicone breast implants the vaginal mesh causes servere pain and many women have had their lives altered. "It effects the marital, conjugal relationship and many marriages are breaking up" Says Spitzer. "The complications are severe and women are suffering"
“Consumers are justifiably upset when their cars, toasters, and baby food bottles are recalled,” wrote Dr. Rita Redberg and Dr. Sanket Dhruva of the University of California, San Francisco, in an editorial accompanying the study. “Recalls make us all question the safety of the products we take for granted. But what aboutthe products permanently implanted inside our bodies?”. Unfortunately, products like vaginal mesh and faulty breast implants manufactured by the now-defunct French company Poly Implants Protheses SA, were cleared for use too quickly, resulting in disastrous consequences for women who were implanted with the devices. The French breast implants were not cleared for use in the U.S.
"Thousands of women have been left severely damaged by an implanted vaginal mesh to treat problems following childbirth, hysterectomy, or urinary incontinence."
"As a result we are now facing a crisis on a par or maybe even more far reaching ,then claims for leaking Silicone Breast Implants in the nineties. "Says Spitzer.
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