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"Louisiana Women ,Tell us your Transvaginal Mesh story and communicate online with other women." Lisa Spitzer MSW who runs the Transvaginal Helpline Louisiana has heard so many "horror stories."The Vaginal Mesh Helpline is here to help women in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport and thru-out Louisiana
Spitzer says"I speak to so many Louisiana women who feel lost and alone in this"" They no longer trust their Doctors or the Medical Community" "There is a need for a way for women to share their experiences and get support and psychological relief" Women are in pain over this both emotionally and physically" "I just spoke to a woman who says when mommy is in pain the entire family suffers" According to Spitzer" Entire families are effected and marriages are vulnerable as a result"
"It is important for woman to share their stories and find a support from others " The emotional and physical ramifications of these Transvaginal Mesh surgical implants are severe" "The Louisiana Division of the Vaginal Mesh helpline assists women in locating a lawyer but, there is more to this then just filing a lawsuit" Monetary damages cannot reverse some of the life changing stories I am hearing" There are damaging physical and psychological effects from this surgical procedure 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 canot 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.
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. We hear similiar stories from Louisiana women.
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 also been reports of recurring prolapse, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, and emotional problems related to the 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 it harmed more than it helped. Some women who had the 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 surgery, and several other women are suing the device makers. One of their lawyers, who represents 75 patients, told the Globe, "It is unfortunate that the FDA doesn't come to these conclusions before all these people get hurt.''
If you would like to share your story we would like to hear from you. If you have complications from The Transvaginal Mesh call The vaginal Mesh Helpline today for a Transvaginal Mesh lawyer. The lawyers work on a contingcy basis ie no fee to you and are accepting individual cases.