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Vaginal Mesh Bladder Sling Lawyers: Problems with Mesh to Repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Harvey Kirk

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been investigating claims for women who experienced problems from vaginal mesh or bladder sling systems for several years. While these claims were previously limited to a few different products, we are now reviewing potential vaginal mesh lawsuits for women who have received any type of bladder sling or mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

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This week, the FDA finally issued a statement warning doctors and consumers about the large number of women who have experienced serious and painful complications from the surgical mesh, indicating that other options to repair pelvic organ prolapse may expose women to less risk than transvaginal surgery.

In October 2008, our vaginal sling lawyers first began investigating cases involving problems with the Mentor ObTape mesh, which caused thousands of women to experience infection, vaginal extrusions and urinary tract erosions.

In July 2010, the scope of the litigation we were pursuing was expanded to include Bard Avaulta lawsuits, after that bladder sling product was linked to a number of problems that could result in severe and persistent pain, infection and the need for additional vaginal surgery to remove the mesh.

Potential claims are now being evaluated by our lawyers for women who have experienced problems after receiving any type of bladder sling or mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Some of the pelvic support systems that doctors may have used could include:

  • Bard Avaulta
  • American Medical Systems (AMS) Elevate, Apogee, Perigee, Monarc or Sparc Sling
  • Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh, Polene , Prolift Mesh or TVT Sling
  • Boston Scientific Pinnacle or Uphold System
  • UGYTEX Dual Knit Mesh
  • Coviden IVS Tunneler Sling

This week, the FDA released a statement indicating that surgical placement of vaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse exposes women to an unnecessary risk of complications and problems. The agency recommended that doctors consider treating pelvic organ prolapse without vaginal mesh, since it involves a permanent implant that can make any future surgical repairs more challenging and can put the patient at risk for additional complications and surgeries.

PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE VAGINAL MESH PROBLEMS

The number of reported problems with vaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse has continued to increase in recent years. The FDA has received more than 1,500 reports of adverse events associated with pelvic organ prolapse vaginal mesh between 2008 and 2010. This likely represents only small portion of the total number of complications experienced, as it is commonly acknowledged that between 90% and 99% of all adverse events are never reported to the FDA.

Some of the more frequently reported vaginal sling complications reported include:

  • Bladder sling mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vagina
  • Pain, Infection and Bleeding
  • Organ perforation
  • Urinary Problems
  • Infection
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

The vaginal bladder sling lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for women who suspect that they may have a case. All consultations are confidential and there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained for injuries caused by the vaginal mesh.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

61 Comments Add Your Comments

  1. Margarita says:

    Just want too know u r goin back my mom has been having trouble with her hernia. She is 82yrs. Thank You

  2. Have major concerns with this product.

  3. I have had both mesh and bladder sling complications and scarring in my vagina due to the mesh eroding thru to my thigh. I have to have bladder (coptite) injections thru the urethra one to five years through out my life now.

  4. patricia says:

    I had a bladder sling in 2001 now im having problems ive had most of the above bleeding with intercourse pain utis blood in urine leaking again with no sex etc

  5. I’m not sure what type of bladder sling I have , do I need to find that out before I continue ? Also my surgery was done in 2002 , so i also dont know if there is a time frame that can affect any action taken by joining a class action lawsuit

  6. I had the mesh bladder sling put in place 4 years ago and have problems the last two years with pelvic pain, bleeding, cramping urinary problems along with being tired. Have an apointment tomorow to find out my options of having it removed.

  7. I had a sling procedure on 2/3/11 and started having urinary problems immediately, going back and forth to Dr.., with several catheters, ending up in the ER. The Dr. informed me that it was suspended too tight. Had another procedure 2/25/11 with same Dr. Slowly developed urinary problems once again, and extremely tired, having to be on 2 sets of antibiotics due to urinary track infections, and also back to ER. Decided to get another opinion with a new Urologist. He informed me that I am holding 450cc’s of urine and told me that I will need to under go a third procedure. He also referred me to another specialist which is on 8/22/11.

  8. I had a cystocele and rectocele in August 2010. I immediately started
    having infections that turned into severe kidney infections. Also having incontinence worst than before. Lots of pelvic pain, itching and
    the doctor that did the procedure has “fired” me from their practice since I owed them $107.00 dollars. How convenient they won’t see
    me again even if I pay it up front. So now I am looking for a new doctor to check me out. Ugh. . By the way I had an AMS elevate system implanted.
    Is anyone considering having this stuff removed?
    Good luck and god bless.

  9. I have had the bladder mesh suspension and I have been leaking and using bladder pads ever since. I din’t know what type of bladder sling I have, as they don’t tell you, they just do it! The Doctoer is reputable,so it must be the device! Count me in on any suit about it, so it can be resolved !

  10. I had a sling put in about 5 years ago.I also developed severe lower back pain 5 years ago ,was put on some serious pain meds. so I could continue to function. It helped the peeing in my pants except in the mornings when I stand up nothing stops the flow so I have to make sure I have something on the floor by my bed . That’s not fun.It’s not every morning but you never know when it will happen. also along with the back pain is leg pain. some days i just don’t function. This is the lady that would’t take tylenol.

  11. I had a vaginal sling put in August of 2010. I had severe pain right after the surgery and I am not suppose to lift over 25 lbs. for the rest of my life. After 1 year, I still am barely able to lift my legs to put my under panties on. I have had several urine infections since surgery. I have been very fatigued and my abdomin protrudes and it did not before sugery. I called to see what kind of vaginal sling was put inside me, but I could not find out which one. I have a very reputable doctor. Also, I am so tired of the pain and stiffness that just does not go away. I am single and I do not have a boyfriend or husband so I do not know how sex would be at this time. I would be afraid to even if I did due to the slight pain that I wake up to every day. I did not know that there were other women out there having the same problems. Thank you for letting me share. I am so scared. I know that my Faith in God will help us all.

  12. I have a hole in my vaginal wall this cant be safe plus pus blood and a smell that is so bad.

  13. I have mesh for my bladder 2010 and i have been in pain, fatigued infections since… Looking for a Good doctor to cure or remove the mesh if possiable…… I want to be normal again very depressed and angry….. don’t feel like a woman anymore.
    NY,

  14. I had mesh sling put in and ended up in a lot of pain. I couldn’t stand or sit for any period of time because the pain so severe. I was so uncomfortable. I had it done in October and didn’t get to see the doctor for months afterward. I could feel the mesh protruding from my vagina and it hurt when I touched it. My back hurt and my stomach swelled. I was a mess. I had it done again the following February. I still have some problems during intercourse with pain. I don’t ever want to have that surgery again, Also it takes a long time to empty my bladder and it hurts when I am full.

  15. had bladder surgery tack when had partial hysterectomy had second bladder surgery with rest of hysterectomy at later date bladder sling with mesh was used then i thought i had a tumor but it was bladder protruding through vagina now after this mesh surgery have had same thing except now they say its my colon protruding and need surgery again to fix this am i a canadite for this lawsuit

  16. I had a mesh sling put in December 2011. At first all was good. I was glad to live a normal life. Suddenly I experienced horrible painful intercourse, vaginal discharge which I have never had in the past. My lower back hurts everyday and my stomach swelled. Sitting for long periods of time are very uncomfortable I feel like i am an older person than I am. It takes me at least 15 – 20 minutes to get up walk around to look like I can walk normal again. Almost like an arthritis. THe pelvic pain and groin pain is present every day some days worse than others. So I made an appointment with my GYN got tested from A-Z. Nothing. Possibly I was told I was in Peri-menopause the cramping is similar the beginning stages of labor. I cannot live like this my heart goes out to all woman experiencing this horrible side effect due to incompetent people who just want to make a buck. It is not fair. kn

  17. had a sling/cystocele rectocel in 98′ after 7 children it was wonderful. last 3 yrs. have been round and round different doctors now that I am 76 to be told it is only dryness. So many cremes to help and I am still in so much discomfort and pain. Cannot find a proper diagnosis.

  18. I have my surgery Jan. 27, 2010, back in the hospital Jan. 29, 2010 with severe lower back pain, right hip pain, severe abdominal pain. I have been to the hospital three times, x-ray, blood work, sonograms. No doctor could figure out my problem. The doctor that did my surgery told me I had to have back issues before the surgery and sent me to a back doctor who sent me to therapy. No one would believe me when I told them my issues and pain, until I saw the report on the TV July 15, 2011. I knew I was not crazy like the made me think. DO NOT have this surgery. I am still in severe pain all day all the time. I have the same incontinence issue I had before the surgery. Pain during sex, vaginal pain and infections, urinary infections, severe tiredness all the time, pain in my hips and my hips go numb, I can’t sleep I toss and turn all night because of the pain.

  19. In 2005 I had a total vaginal hysterectomy, anterior and posterior repair with bladder sling for stress urinary incontinence. After the post op catheter was taken out I was unable to urinate and was sent to a urologist. Since that time I have been incontinent having to wear pads
    daily. Last week I was finally able to afford to go to a gynecological
    urologist who felt was he thought was part of the sling in either my
    vagina or urinary tract. I have been scheduled for urodynamics, cystoscope and vaginoscopy. I am so tired of urinating on myself and
    smelling like urine all of the time.

  20. I had a total vaginal hysterectomy in October 2008 along with a bladder mesh sling. After the surgery, I felt fine. I did not wet myself anymore, but, now my lower back on my left side is hurting so bad along with my left leg. Cannot open my legs because it hurts, I can actually feel the sling pulling. Therefore cannot enjoy sex anymore. I also have a protruding in my vagina I didn’t have before. I am sick of this pain.

  21. I have had 3 slings put in in less than a year. I have had 3 infections and a severe pain in my left leg and groin area. My doctor has a 5 star rating and is very good. I think it’s the slings. the last one worked but I had even more leaking and wetting my pants up until the last surgery. I am in a class action law suit already.

  22. I had bladder tack in sept 2011 , since then when i go to bed i have this horrible pain in the lower left pelvic area in the beginning now it is in both sides, it wakes me from sleep and is so painful when I try to move, i asked my doc when i went back from my last checkup, she told me it could be my bowels, i am not sure what to think.

  23. I had my mesh put in in 2005 never had a problem…at all. now I’m getting soreness on my right side where the mess was anchored. idk if this is the mess of just a pulled muscle…does any one have this problem…I am 35

  24. I had the sling put in in November of 2010 after 3 kids & a partial hysterectomy and have had nothing but problems since. I feel like I cant even work! I cant have a normal BM anymore, Ill go days sometime weeks with out going. I cant urinate properly & I get up all through the night to go. I have lower back pain all the time & I don’t sleep well. It feels like my kidneys are infected when I wake up & it takes half the day before that pain goes away. I cant take pain meds because the bind me up even more & I cant afford to keep going from doc to doc to get this figured out. I feel awful all the time. :0(

  25. I had a vaginal hysterectomy August 13th 1997. The dr and another doc used a bladder sling, so I would’nt have troubles “down-the-road”. For quite a few years now, I’ve noticed lack of bladder control….you know, Laugh till the tears run down your legs! I’ve asked several primary care doc’s, I’ve had over the years, if my bladder fell off the hammock! They look at me like I am a few bricks shy of a full load! Ggggrrrrr! So frustrating! How wonderful to know I am not the only woman out here, w/problems!

  26. I had a bladder sling also 03, or 04 I will find out for sure what year. Same problems that these women above have. For a while my bladder just leaked now I pour urine all the time.

  27. My sister had the vaginal sling I dont know what year but she has had nothing but problems ever since.She gets urinary tract infections.she doesn’t have a computerbut i Will tell her I put her story on here. Isincerely hope someone can help these women

  28. My partial hysterectomy along with bladder lift in 2006 has left me feeling exactly like my Dr. said, “you will feel seventeen again when I am finished with you”, I am fifty two now and I feel like 70 instead. I wake up pain in back legs and need to urinate so bad that I run but nothing will release. I walk around the house for a few minutes like ten or fifteen and the spasm will finally allow the flow to clear my bladder. I too could not go back to work I wear the poise now in case I have more urine leak out and I do not notice. So such much for tightening the bladder with the lift which by the way now my bladder falls into my labia and can be seen from behind. I have a new symptom. There is this burning like to the right of my belly button but deep it starts slow and can make me double up and want to hold my breath until it passes. What in the heck sets your insides on fire? It should be my husband, but thank you medical science you took that from me too. I finally get married days before this surgery, just purchased our new home and planned everything down to the lifting so I could recover and return to an active life. Enjoy the great pouch I can not rid myself of even if I did have the energy to work it. When it comes to practicing medicine I stand in line first to help it be placed safely along with FDA but the time has to be watched, trials have concluded without incident and now lets teach the procedure. My surgeon was perfect, the device made many of us look foolish. Best part my sister is three years Cancer free, my aunt also is four years breast Cancer free. Thanks for listening it makes a difference just getting it out. Be good to your self and keep up with the news… !!!!

  29. Something else I forgot is the feeling awful all the time. More alerting is I have blood blisters on the back of my legs, and major bruising around my anus and under the bones that we sit on, what is up with this? Has anyone else had this for another symptom to be concerned with. Just thought I would get it ALL out. Thanks

  30. I had a mesh bladder sling put in along with my uterus removed. I was in and out of the hospital 3 times with high fever. They did a catscan and they found an abcess the size of a peach. I had a tube placed in my abdomen to drain the abcess 3 different times. And in the hospital all three times. Was told they might have niked my bowel. Came home with a pic line to administer antibiotics myself. Long story short, had the surgery 2007 and they wound up taking the sling out and am having bladder problems again. Seeing another urogynocoligyst again. Now I have constant burning and pressure. Just placed me on a antidepressant to help to relax my bladed and have to go back in 2 weeks for them to scope the inside of my bladder. I am seeing a different urogynocoligyst then the one who did the surgery. I haven’t had sex with my husband in 5 years because of this problem and the scar tissue in my vagina from the surgery. It’s getting really old!

  31. I got my mesh is Feb -2007 and I have been having pain and uncomfort as well. I do not know what type of mesh I have but it has been getting worse with time. Now I have no insurance so I just live with the pain that I have during sex, just cramping out of now where, feeling the need to urianate and nothing comes out or I can some time not make it to the bathroom I never know and I do feel like I have to go to the bathroom all the time. I have to ignore it because I would be a wasted trip (sometimes) .

  32. I also have had a bladder sling surgery. May of 2010. Frequency and urgencies seemed to be better at first, but it wasn’t long after it was right back the way it was before the surgery. I love my urologist, she is fabolous! But she wanted to prescribe me pills to help fix up that leak and freqeuncy, I will not take as I already have other health issues and hate med’s. In January of 2011 late one evening i was showering when I felt a pop in my rightside groin area. i couldn’t even stand up straight and had to get out of the shower, yelling for my fiance to help me. We both ‘checked ou’ the area of discomfort and there already in minutes was a hematoma the size of a golf ball and bruising.Pardon me, but it hurt like hell. My fiance had to help me to bed. We ended up at the ER, where I was dosed on pain meds and told I tore muscles in my leg, and that it would be 6 to 8 weeks healing. And that I should remain non-weight bearing on that leg until it healed. Funny thing was, i could walk fine. And when I was a small child tore the muscle in my groin on the opposite side from a gymnastics accident, and knew what it felt like to tear ‘those’ muscles. It was very clear to me, this was not the same. Funny thing about this misfortune, was that I had a scheduled follow up with my urologist for my bladder sling surgery that following Monday…so I roughed it through the wekend until i saw her. She took one look and told me I had a ruptured hernia, and she immeadiately called a surgeon and scheduled me to see them within 20 minutes. Three days later I am on the operating table for an inguinal hernai repair. Upon coming to, after the surgery. The surgeon proceeds to tell me, she has never seen anything like this in all her years. What presented to be a rupture inguinal hernia was infact saponified and necrotic tissue. She told me it was also very deep into my pelvis. She had removed as much as possible and stitched up the hole in you will. No one has yet been able to explain my bizarre surgical happenings. i do know, that in the 8 months between the bladder surgery and this so-called hernia. I have had just as much frequency and urgencies with urinating. Always have to wear something for leaking, which causes burning and itching even worse then before. I have leg and groin pain constantly and lower back pain constantly. I had never had painful intercourse with my partner whom I have been with for 10 years. Now, I can barely stand to have sex because of the pain during. Sometimes i have just ‘roughed’ it through, as to not let him feel he has done something wrong, which leaves me crippled up for hours, sometimes days in pain in my pelvic area…so bad that I can barely stand up right.
    I will go on playing my own doctor on this one, since none of them can explain. I am sure this has everything to do with the sling! They just don’t want to admit it. While their biting their lips saying, “I don’t know.” I’m holding this picture in my mind that I am rotting from the inside out, and they are going on vacation again!

  33. Something else I had not mentioned, I wondered if anyone else experiences with this problem is after sex; if you have it, with the pain to feel pressure in your bottom. Sometimes I have sat on the toilet for literally hours, leaning forward, feeling like I needed to have a bowel movement. But never do, it is just an incredible amount of pressure…I dunno. Crazy stuff!
    So the cure was much worse then the disease here! Bless you all! I hope we all get relief, or freakin compensation for their mess up’s! We are just their guinea pig’s, I suppose. And we take the doctors advice, right? I have no faith in any of them anymore!

  34. I thought I was the only one having these issues. I suffer in slience so long. Everyday I have terrible pain and sometimes I can’t even get out of bed. I have to roll myself out. I have problems using the bathroom at times. I thought it was back pain but now realize it’s not that. There is a constant heaviness and terrible cramps. I had to have corrected surgery for what felt like a sharp object inside of me but I have even more pain then i did before. It is with me constantly. I wish I never had the surgery which hasn’t worked for me anyway. My hope and prayer is that we all get better and we teach these companies that make these products just for profit that we are human beings. Sometimes I think they forget that and doctors need to beware of what they put in their patients body. Oh how I wish I never got the surgery.

  35. i have either a mesh or the bladder sling with a partial hysterectomy two years and not had to much problems but now i have problems using the bathroom. i also have consiraption that now it really hurts.

  36. I WAS NOT SEXUALLY ACTIVE WHEN I HAD SLING PUT IN. I BECAME ACTIVE APPROXIMATELY 2 YEARS LATER & WAS INFORMED BY MY MATE THAT HE FELT SOMETHING SCRATCHING HIM. I WENT TO THE DOCTOR & WAS INFORMED THAT I NOT ONLY HAD A URINARY TRACT INFECTION BUT THE MESH WAS STICKING OUT OF MY VAGINAL WALL. HE TRIED TO CUT EXCESS MESH OFF IN HIS OFFICE. WHILE DOING SO HE ALSO CUT VAGINAL TISSUE. I ASKED HIM TO STOP BECAUSE OF DISCOMFORT. HE THEN SCHEDULED A SURGERY TO REMOVE MESH THAT STICKING OUT. INFECTIONS STILL CONTINUED AFTER SURGERY. I WENT TO A NEW OBGYN TO GET A SECOND OPINION. HE ALSO SPECIALIZES IN BLADDER CONTROL. HE SAID HE WOULD HAVE NEVER DONE THAT PROCEDURE ON ME IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE PRESCRIBED A VAGINAL PREMARIN CREAM FOR ME TO TRY TO STRENGTHEN THE VAGINAL WALL. SO FAR IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. I HAVEN’T HAD AN INFECTION SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNDER HIS CARE. HE SAID WHEN IT QUITS WORKING, HE MAY HAVE TO REMOVE THE MESH. I ALSO AM VERY TIRED & HAVE BACK PAIN. NEVER THOUGHT IT COULD BE RELATED TO THIS PROBLEM. JUST ATTRIBUTED IT TO GETTING OLDER.

  37. Had Mesh put in 6 years ago. Had another surgery imediatly following to repair, said it was too close to vaginal wall. since then everything seemed ok. now have pain in groin . pain in hips. constant back ache. thought it was normal old age. dont have insurance right now. Seems like all the pain is related to the mesh implant. very frustrating.

  38. I had a hysterectomy and bladder sling done in 2002. Although I no longer leak urine or have the frequent bladder infections I did before the surgery, I am constantly bloated, very gassy and have stomach and intestinal issues EVERY day. I also have a very strong urine odor and intercourse is also sometimes painful for me as well. I can also “smell” myself sometimes although my boyfriend says he doesn’t, I am very self-conscious about it. My back and stomach will cramp for what I feel is no apparent reason and I find my self nauseous off and on through the day. Could it be the mesh has eroded in my system and is causing me to just feel “icky” all the time?

  39. I also had a bladder surgery done. In the past 3 years, I have had leaking, and pain. Now, I have no control, and the urge to urinate hits all at once; No warning. Last month my doctor said, “your bladder has dropped again.” Even worst, yesterday they said I must take medicine for at least two months before I can have this surgically corrected. GO FIGURE!

  40. had bladder sling put in 2006 when having the surgery the dr nicked something on the left side and there was alot of bleeding so i had to stay in the hospital an extra 2 days i have had pain on that side ever since but now it has become so sever that it will double me over at times and has anyone had widespread body aches and sever stiffness that i can barely roll over in bed at night and can hardly move without pain .i have been tested for lupus,rhemetoid arthirts,and firbromyalsia but everything was negative but dr. said i had a vitamin d deficiency so the vitamin helped for a while but now am worse then ever i am only 51 and move like a 90 year old

  41. I had a mesh net put in in Dec 2010. When I came out of surgery I couldn’t even move because during the procedure, my hip was knocked out and I was in tremendous pain because of it. I had to lay flat on my back for 5 days until I could go to a Chiropractor. I was in so much pain with that, that I didn’t fell so much pain with the surgery. I had to go to Therapy for that. I immediately had problems with leakage of the bowels and still do to this day. At times, I have even thought that part of my bowels moved through the vagina, but I’ve never been sure of that. I now am in so much pain right above my pelvic bone and I cannot hardly walk I’m in so much pain. When I try to stand from sitting, I can’t even walk for a few minutes. I am going to my Dr. on Wed. of this week and hope we can work something out because I cannot live like this.

  42. I had a partial hysterectomy and sling done in 2005, pre 2 days ago when holidaying in the usa, i didnt no this existed. I have been suffering lots of pain, infections, wetting myself, smell all of the above, a few months ago after taking pain killers or if i had a drink of alcohol i got really bad pain shooting through my chest and body then urine would burn like boiling water. I thought i was loosing it. Ive been to the doctors and had so many infections, treated with antibiotics up until a couple of weeks ago i had another lot of antibiotics and this lot havent worked and it has been painful taking them. WHATS WITH THAT, does anybody else have that, does this mean my kidneys are getting stuffed. I have been so scared, still am re the pain, but am relieved to read all these and no that im not alone. I had my surgery done in New Zealand and they have a not allowed to sue policy over there. So i dont no if i will get any help. xxxx thanx for sharing your stories.

  43. I had a total hystorectomy and a bladder sling and rectocile in I think it was 2007 an am now having problems with UTI’s and pain in my back and side. I have pain in my right groin and leg, but i have also had fusions in my lower back from L4 thur S1 and don’t know if the pain is from the mesh sling or my back. I do have bleeding after sex and some pain during, I have never talked to a lawyer because the Dr hasn’t said it is from the sling. I go back to the Dr tomorrow to have another urine culture because he didn’t like the results from my last one. I also have a lot of pressure in my stomach that feels like i have to urinate and when i go sometimes i just dribble. I have days that i go to the bath room about ever hr all day long and then i will have days i can’t hardly go at all. Does anyone have these symptoms?
    . my problems didn’t start until a yr or so ago. at first i loved the sling and i no longer have leakage so i hope the sling isn’t my problem.

  44. help! i am sick of this! i am in constant pain. there must be doctors out there that can take these things out. i want it out of my body. i dont care if i die or not! i am so tired of this pain. help! what to do?

  45. 2004 had a uterine prolapse rectal prolapse,at age of 24 need a full historctomy,again with the sling and mesh. Since then i cant have a least one full week of feeling good.pains in my back,pelic,caused it were i havent worked in 5 yrs,a failed marraige,sex im pretty num now almost no feelings unless im having another kidney infection,last yr ive been averaging every to months from bein in hostipal to just to tiredwnting to give up,i know i got another kidney infection cant get out of bed. That makes four this yr…

  46. I had a hysterectomy for uterine prolaps and and I am not sure about the bladder sling, but I did have some bladder leakage post op,and still do occasionaly. What a horrible surgery, they left gauze in me and had to cut me back open to remove it right after they had closed it, plus they hurt me during surgery I had a broken blood vessel in my left eye, a cut on my leg, and a bruise on my abdomen. Post op a pain so bad in my right side that I couldn’t walk, his solution for that was to put a giant needle in it to relieve the pain, whick hurt so bad I cried, and it didn’t help. I asked if I could do heavy lifting post op, the doctor said, he was not going to tell any ladies they won’t be able to lift anything heavy. Now here I am 4 years later, my bladder hurts so bad when I urinate that I cry out with pain, also when I have a bowel movement it hurts my bladder. All I can think of is that when I dragged some heavy tree branches last week it must of done some damage.

  47. I had a total hysterectomy and a bladder sling (just in case, while I was under anyway) even though I had no problems. Now 2 years later, I have constant vaginal discharge, pain in my lower abdomen, pain in my hips and now pain in my buttocks when I sit on the floor or something hard. I was told that if I was going to have problems with the sling, it would have happened in the first 3 months. Well it has been 2 years and I am convinced that all these pain and discharge issues are definitely due to the sling. It is very frustrating going to the doctor about it because they just say “infection” and put me on an antibiotic. I don’t want to go through any more surgeries but I sure hope this doesn’t get worse! I am upset that I really didn’t even need the sling and now I am going to have to live with these symptoms for the rest of my life. I am only 43!

  48. I too have a leaky bladder and have already had 2 bladder suspensions, these both failed and bladder is leaking again. I have been putting up with this problem for a few years after the second suspension. it seems that thes bladder suspension devices only work for a short period of time. Now the “Poise Pads seems to be the only alternative. Bummer!!!

  49. Rae-Marie says:

    I had a Total Hysterectomy in May 1999.Experienced the leaking when laughing, coughing etc. Went to a Urogynecology and decided to have the TVT ( Tension Vagina Tape Sling in April 2006, it seem to help up until about a year ago. Then I had to start wearing a pad, yeah have a hyster. and then still have to wear a pad. Before the sling I did try collagen injections in my urethrea.But then I started getting alot of UTIs. So my gyno suggested going back to the Urogynecology again. Before I did that I broke down and went on medicine to help with urgency to go. I went on Oxybutynin, which helped and but I dislike taking any medicine. Well now I have been getting intense pressure, like on a roller coaster. One day fine, then hours of intense pressure to go, but don’t have to. The doctor said I have no infection. Am I nuts ? I had this intense pressure and wonder if it could be something else. So I am looking into getting a second opinion since my husband is tired of me not feeling well. I am lucky not to have other issues like alot of you above. I wish you all well and to get better. For myself I want to be told I am not nuts and there is some reason for this intense pressure. I can go a week with nothing, and then one day for hours have the pressure and tired. I really don’t want to go back to wearing pads bummer is right. My doctor tells me I can get a pace maker for my bladder. I do not want anymore foreign materials inside me. Be well and Good luck

  50. I had my sling put in 3/3/09 three weeks later i had a UTI and they have never stopped since. I went to several doctors and they would say oh it’s just a UTI and you would think if they’re looking at my records and see I’ve had 15 UTI’s within 6 months that would’ve been a red flag for any doctor I seen. 4 years later still have them, I have to take antibiotics everyday for the rest of my life. I thought I was imagining the pain in my legs, I didnt know why I was so tired all the time, I was feeling bad everyday and no one could tell me why. I’m so glad I found this page because I just like many others thought I was just going crazy.

  51. after reading these posts, I have come to speculate that the pains I have been experiencing are also due to the mesh sling I had implanted in October of 2008. I immediately realized that it did not help my urinary incontinence, but it was a few months later when I got married that I realized how terribly painful it was to have sex. It hurts my husband too. Since I am in my mid 50′s I also attributed my back pains and protruding belly to aging, but I never had those problems before. Now my back hurts every day!!! I am stiff and hurt all over every day now. I was NEVER sick or have body aches before the sling was placed.

  52. I had a partial hysterectomy, rectocele and cystocele repair, as well as a bladder sling in January of this year. I have not urinated right since I had the surgery and I now wake up several times a night to go pee. I didn’t have any issues other than some incontinence prior to the surgery and that could be explained by the fact that my enlarged uterus was laying on my bladder. I am tired all of the time. Intercourse has been painful every since I had the surgery and sometimes it feels like I’m being cut. My vjayjay feels like its turned inside out and raw. I look like I’m pregnant, my lower back hurts all of the time and my kidneys hurt for hours after I wake up. I have had various tests and nothing could be found. I recently went back to the doctor for pelvic/abdomenal pain and an ultrasound was done. Question: Has anyone else experienced ovarian cysts or cystic structure at the top of the vagina after a sling was put in?

  53. I had a total hysterectomy and a bladder sling in 2002. Had a lot of probelms at first and spend 6 weeks in hospital and then my GP kept my on antibodtics for 6 months due to constant infections. Haven’t had any problems until the last month where I have had constant infections, shaking, shivering and vomiting. They now have me on a 7 day drug which they had to get approval from Canberra and I finish the course tomorrow so I will see what happens after that.

  54. Shain I had a MRI and they found a cyst by my urethra and had never had one before the surgery. The cyst burst and did go away and intercourse is not as painful but still hurts. It look like we will deal with the pain the rest of our lives. I seen a doctor that sent me to physical therapy, it made the pain worse. Now I have a new doctor saying the same thing and is sending me to therapy again. Every doctor I see say that my pain is not due to the sling, is anyone else getting the same reply from their doctor? They’re making me feel like I’m losing it!! I can not stand over a half hour and cannot walk a long distant anymore. Is there anyone experiencing the same thing?

  55. Had total hysterectomy w sling in 2005. Had pain but chalked it up ti a fibroid tumor in my past. Had an ovary removed to rule out cancer. It was cysts. Three or more on the photo taken by onco gyn. Nearly had last ovary removed for similar reason. Surgery was delayed because of hemmorhoid surgery for you guessed it, constipation. I had gall bladder removed and that delayed again. By that time, a new transvaginal ultrasound showed it was cystic again or still. This surgeon said come back in six mos. After yet another transvaginal ultrasound. So… cysts were never a problem before bladder lift and are now a common and painful issue. When i had ovary removed it was because there was a possibility that i was stage four cancer. Imagine the burden and the worry for a single mom with young kids. The FDA burned us.

  56. Well I guess Im not alone. I had mesh implanted in 2011 and still cant get to the bathroom in time and lately its worse. I also expience pain shooting down my legs, back. pain and constant groin pain. For some reason more so with the groin pain on both side when lying down at night. I feel alot of pelvic pressure all the tims also. I thought these were some symptoms related to peri-menopause but my newest gyno did blood work and said Im not there yet. So I have to have a laproscopy done to find out why Im in pain. There will be down time involved.

  57. Had a bladder sling put in July 27 2009 as an out patient. August 3 2009 was in severe pain had to go to the ER discoverd I had a kidney stone that was blocking my right kidney. Emergency surgery was done that day. I was sent home the next morning, after the meds wore off could not urinate. Went back to the Doctor where they put in a cath for 5 days, said they needed to get my bladder working again. I have had several UTI’s since my sling surgery. I have always had a nagging pain but never questioned why, just thought that is the way it should be. I have to sleep with a pillow between my legs every night because it takes the pressure off my right hip. Should I make an appointment with my urologist to have them check me?

  58. I had my sling put in almost 4 years ago. Sex hurts, still urinate, and have been to the ER, GP, Gyn, and had a colonoscopy, thinking that may be the source of my severe abdominal pain. Here is my question- Does any one experience extreme cramping when you are in a body of water (bath, jacuzzi, river, etc.?) Over the past 4 years, i cannot go into any body of water without feeling like I am 10 cm dialated and on the verge of delivering a child. i experience the cramping for at least 48 hours, swelling, fatigue and soreness and it takes my body a week to recovery. Does anyone have this issue? im at a loss!

  59. I too, have a problem with the BM. I feel like sometimes I got to go real bad then when I set down on the toilet it’s like a door has slammed shut, and I can’t go. If I take bowel moving meds my dr gave me to mix with water, it will pour out like water when I go. Other then that I am constipated . Can the mesh sling be blocking the colon some how? My women clinic PA says my bladder has dropped again, so need to see the GYN.

  60. Does anyone have an allergic reaction like itching to a bladder sling.

  61. I am totally frustrated right now. I had a bladder sling in 2001 and a hysterectomy around 2009. I know am having extreme pain and pressure in my pelvic area. Went to primary care Dr. who believes that my bladder has falllen out of the sling. Referred me to OB/GYN and I have an appointment in 10 days. I think I should be seeing a Urologist, but my Dr. says that the OB/GYN will refer me if necessary. In the mean time I have incredible pain. Primary prescribed Lidocaine which works for maybe 5 minutes. Because I already take morphine for a neck problem, I guess that everyone thinks I don’t need more pain meds. Maybe this is true. I don’t know. Now I have not had sex for well over a month and I cannot even wear underwear. So, the pee runs down my leg. How embarrassing is this! Why does it take so long to see the right doctor for this problem? What is wrong with our healthcare system? I need help and I don’t know where to get it. Was my bladder sling done too long ago for legal help?

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