1) Serious, often painful complications are not uncommon
Complications can range from severe unremitting pain to a “hole”, fistula, in the bladder or vagina. Many complications are never reported and patients are told to wait but never improve. Some women are even told that the pain “is in their head”. Mesh can cause serious problems and you should ask your doctor about them BEFORE surgery!
2) Surgery using your own, natural tissue is just as effective as mesh, but without the serious complications of mesh
USE YOUR OWN TISSUE! For incontinence, a small strip of tissue above your abdominal muscles (called rectus fascia) can be used effectively instead of mesh without risking mesh’s devastating side effects. This is an option that you might not hear about because only a few doctors at specialized centers, such as Urocenter of New York, are trained to do the “meshless” surgery first pioneered and championed by Dr. Jerry Blaivas. He has trained a few doctors in his special “meshless” technique including Dr. Rajveer Purohit.
3) It is very difficult to remove all the mesh from your body and there are many serious complications from the removal surgery.
Mesh – so easy to put in, so hard to remove. Mesh often is placed around very sensitive structures or through delicate spaces in bones using large impaling needles. These organs are often deep in the pelvis and difficult to access. Surgical removal is difficult and should be done only by experts such as Dr. Blaivas and Purohit. If your doctor put the mesh in, she’s (or he’s) probably not the person to remove it!
4) Sex may never be the same again (or even possible)
Vaginal mesh can push up against the bladder, urethra or uterus during sex making it very painful. Nerves for sensation may even grow into the mesh triggering pain with intercourse. Sometimes the male partner can even feel your mesh in you and suffer pain too!
5) The mesh that is put in your body is made up entirely of petroleum byproducts that were never intended for human use
Oil? Yuck – Not a big surprise, you weren’t told that huh?