The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jill H. Osborne!