Vaginal Mesh Sling Complications and IC?

meshsurgerystoriesThe use of vaginal mesh during pelvic reconstruction surgeries, such as for the repair of pelvic organic prolapse, is now very controversial due to a number of serious adverse events. The US FDA has issued several warnings about the use of mesh and complications which can occur, such as the erosion of the vaginal wall. Mesh has also emerged into the urethra and the bladder, causing profound damage.

One of the great challenges of having mesh surgery is removing it. Tissue grows and around and through the mesh making it extremely difficult to remove and repair. Some mesh patients have reported that their bladder symptoms began AFTER their mesh surgeries.

To support an article in our IC Optimist that discusses the mesh debate, we would like to hear your story and how it may have impacted your bladder and pelvic pain, including:

  • Have you had surgery that used mesh and what was it supposed to treat?
  • What was your experience with the mesh? Did it fail? Was it successful? Did it trigger any bladder or pelvic pain symptoms?
  • Have you had your mesh removed? If so, was it difficult? successful?
  • Do you feel that your IC was made worse by mesh surgery?

Please tell your story below, share it on our Facebook page or send it to:!

Jill H. Osborne!

By |2017-01-31T12:38:19+00:00July 29th, 2014|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Pain, Women's Health|Comments Off on Vaginal Mesh Sling Complications and IC?

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.