Vaginal Mesh Complications are Painful and Debilitating

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted April 10, 2012


More than three years after our law firm first started to investigate injury cases for women who suffered complications from vaginal mesh or a bladder sling used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), it continues to amaze me how many women have experienced these horrific and painful problems, which can have a devastating impact on their quality of life.

▸ Lawsuits for Vaginal Mesh Complications

In recent years, these mesh products have been promoted to the medical community for surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), intended to reinforce soft tissue or bone where weakness exists. However, thousands of women have reported experiencing complications and problems, often resulting in the need for additional surgery, and there is little evidence that they provide any benefit over other treatment alternatives.

In 2010, when use of the devices peaked, it is estimated 75,000 women received transvaginal mesh for POP repair and about another 200,000 women received a transvaginally placed bladder sling for treatment of SUI.

According to an FDA report released in July 2011, on the Safety and Effectiveness of Transvaginal Mesh Placement (PDF), data reviewed from 110 studies involving 11,785 women suggests that approximately 10% of women may experience mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery for POP repair, which is an alarmingly high rate. More than half of women who experienced the vaginal complications from non-absorbable synthetic mesh required surgery to excise or remove the mesh, some requiring 2 or 3 surgeries.

Vaginal mesh erosion occurs when the mesh penetrates into the vagina, causing severe pain, infection and other complications. This can result in a feeling of tightness or pulling, as well as vaginal discharge of blood. In some cases, the mesh becomes exposed inside the vagina and can be felt by a partner during sexual intercourse.

Contraction of vaginal mesh following surgery is another painful and debiltating complication, often requiring surgical intervention to excise the contracted mesh. Following surgery, many women continue to experience severe vaginal pain and subsequent excision of the entire accessible mesh is often necessary.

These problems can be life-altering for women, yet the manufacturers promoted and sold these products without providing adequate warnings about the extent of the risks. Women allowed doctors to implant the vaginal mesh, unaware of that the procedures carry a high risk of needing additional surgery due to mesh complications, and that additional surgery may not resolve the complications.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursing claims against a number of manufacturers, including C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Ethicon, Boston Scientific and others. While many women are unaware of the exact manufacturer of their vaginal mesh or bladder sling, free consultations and claim evaluations are provided to help determine if financial compensation may be available for vaginal mesh complications.

To review a potential claim on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

44 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Susan says:

    I thought the surgery would be beneficial to me. I didn’t know about the long term effects.

    Posted on April 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  • Janice says:

    I had the Mesh implanted Feb 2011 and as early as a couple months after started to experience complications. My incontinence was worse and there was the constant pain, bleeding, burning and excruciating pain during interactions. I had a corrective surgery in August to correct Obstructive Bladder. I havent noticed any relief yet. I wish I knew about these complications before implanting the sling. I would never have that surgery! I hope these lawsuits bring a change.

    Posted on August 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

  • Blanche says:

    I had pelvic prolapse surgery in Sept. of 2009 and my pain and discomfort started shortly after. I have no reason to believe that the Novasilk graft material used is causing my problems and can’t find any other cases with the same symptoms. How would I find out if this could be my problem? Should I contact the surgeon who did my surgery?

    Posted on September 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  • Kimberly says:

    I had mine done in 7-2010 and within a year was experiencing a constant round of bladder infections which led to yeast infections due to antibiotics. Steady trips to urologist, severe incontinence (wetting the bed), constant, severe pelvic and thigh bone pain and eventual surgery by a reconstructive surgeon. He couldn’t remove the old mesh because it has eroded INTO my bladder. Instead, he used a skin graft from my bikini area and created a new one. I was catheterized on a constant basis for the inability to urinate for 34 days and the surgery was in October of 2012 and I AM STILL SELF-CATHING at least 2 – 3 times per week for the inability to urinate. THIS IS A NIGHTMARE, THIS THING IS A JOKE AND FRANKLY, SO ARE THESE LAWSUITS. I hired an attorney in July 2011 and have heard next to nothing and when I ask questions I am told it is still in its infancy. DON’T SIGN WITH AN UNKNOWN FIRM, HIRE A PERSONAL ATTORNEY. THAT IS WHAT I SHOULD HAVE DONE. Might I add, 4 trips across my state for appt, surg, and 2 followups, copays, med costs, pain ctr treatment for the pain………..the list goes on

    Posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  • Patricia says:

    I had my surgery done back in 2003. I was fine for the first year, but then I started to leak again and since have had pain during intercourse, my lower back and the right side from my abdomen down my leg is in constant pain and is hard for me to stand for long periods of time while trying to hold and work a steady job. I cannot even get the surgery done at this time, due to no insurance to cover the cost.

    Posted on August 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  • Rolonda says:

    I had the TVT-0 put in on 3/21/11. I am having complications. I can not have sex with my husband because it causes both of us pain. he can feel the sling(which I was told he shouldn’t). I talked to the doctor that put it in and she seems to think that I am going through the change. But I really don’t think so.She doesn’t want to believe that there is anything wrong with the sling. I also sometimes have trouble with urinating.Cramping and pain where the graph was put in. I was wondering one thing. When I sit up I can feel a popping in my vagina. Is that the sling eroding into my vagina wall? Does anyone have any Ideas? I have an attorney but he doesn’t seem to be thinking about my best interest. I know I need to have this removed but the cost is way to high. I have medicaid but I have to go out of state to have it removed. I guess there is only 4 doctors in the united states that know how to remove it completely.

    Posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  • Kim says:

    I had transvaginal mesh and a bladder sling done in July 2009. About two years ago I could feel the mesh where it had eroded through the vaginal wall which led to pain during intercource. I sought the help of an urology oncologist. She went in and tried to remove as much mesh as she possibly could. I ended up having blood loss during that surgery and she had two vascular clips to stem bleeding. We waited 8 weeks to go back and repair a prolapse that had developed after surgery. This surgery seemed successful but started bleeding from several areas because the mesh and scar tissue wouldn’t seal. I was rushed back to the hospital, given 5 pints of blood and she went in and did emergency surgery which did not stop the bleeding. I was placed in ICU and sent down to radiology where he went in and used a glue type of substance to stem the bleeding. This was successful. This has been an absolute nightmare. I am very upset and almost lost my life because of this stupid stuff. I was not adequately informed about possible complications that could arise from this mesh. I would absolutely i courage anyone with a prolapse and or incontinence to stay as far away from this as possible.

    Posted on December 8, 2013 at 1:20 am

  • rhonda says:

    I had the sling and an upper abdomen hernia repair
    my doctor is at a loss of what is going on with me urine always comesback with blood in it my knees are swelling up like cantaloupes had to have drained have some yeast in my esophagus have severe pain in right side thought gallbladder but tests say no, severe cramping in my stomach legs and back told auto immune disease unknown origin my body is attacking itself they tell me, seen rheumatologist not arthritic they say we don’t know I asked dr. is this because of the mesh she said I don’t think so all of these issues started happening after my surgery I am in pain daily and no one has any answer I was not having issues before the surgery and now I am living at the dr office or emergency room

    Posted on January 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  • Jayne says:

    My implant surgery was performed in June 2008 and I do have a lawyer, but he tells me my surgery may be beyond the statue of limitations. I have had a constant pain for 6 yrs–feelings of pressure in the pelvic area, feels like a very long contraction which tightens up until I have to change positions. Have been back to Dr. that did the surgery and can’t find anything wrong. I also have leg pain which I attributed to an earlier broken hip. After reading about leg pains from the other ladies in their comments, I’m not sure where this pain is coming from. I’ve consulted the Dr. that operated on the hip and he could not find any reason for the leg pain. I also have taken several kinds of medicine which were supposed to stop my incontinence–nothing worked. I’ve just resigned myself to living with this pain for the rest of my life.

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 12:57 am

  • Ellen says:

    I had mine april 1999 I’ve had incontinence. and pain and bloating, pain in my right side , painful sex, been dealing with this since. why doesn’t it have to go back to 2000 what about the ones before that year. also trouble going to bathroom sometimes.

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  • Laura says:

    Rhonda, Your story mirrors mine. It IS the mesh and don’t let the doctors tell you otherwise. The mesh breaks down (it is not inert) releasing toxins into your system. These toxins cause major inflammation in your system. Your body is fighting the inflammation and probably infection that is from the mesh too (mine was) so the yeast that is naturally in your body goes rampant. I also had the yeast in my esophagus yet the infectious disease dr couldn’t figure out why. Then the GI doctor couldn’t figure out why I had a mass in my throat (tonsil on the lower part of my tongue), these are just a few of my long list of problems that I never had before the mesh was put in. Test after test was done on me. They saw all the problems but couldn’t put the puzzle together. I was in my doctors office every week and going to specialists constantly. I was also going to the emergency room but hated going because they never found anything. When the dr took the mesh out (finally saw Dr Raz UCLA) all my autoimmune problems went away (took a while for my system to get stronger but it did) and now I am pain free too. I am one of the fortunate ones who got it out and am pain free. So many are still in pain after removal.
    Rhonda, my heart goes out to you and others who are searching and trying to find out if the mesh is the reason. I asked my doctor and he said no. I even called up a lawyer on tv and asked if his clients had a slew of autoimmune problems and he said ‘no’. I almost gave up looking into mesh but thankfully God kept prompting me.

    Lawyers only look at what has been proven for them: mesh causes erosion, pain, painful intercourse, etc.
    Doctors think that the studies from pharma companies saying mesh is safe is correct so they think you are just complaining.
    I wish that more doctors and lawyers would study up on how mesh causes so many other health problems. Hopefully one day all the truth will come out on the absolute nightmare of this product!

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  • Brenda says:

    I had mine done in 2011, which on the paperwork I brought home it says, suburethral writting in hand writing under Bladder Sling procedure. The only other thing it says is, Bladder sling procedures, so not sure what that mean’s. I had pain constantly for the past two years, and feels like constant pain, with tightning of the area like a fist. It still help’s the incontenance, more so in the beginning, and now it has turned into not being able to hold the need to urinate as long as before, and even have to get up a couple times at night, with major pressure, pain in the whole center of vaginal and above area to just below my belly button. I did go to the doctor last year, and he did a reg vaginal test by feeling the area, but no other tests. None of my paperwork says what king of mesh was used, and just gets worse as it go’s on. I would think they would do a scan or something. Then they have the attorneys on tv, which I called one of them, recieved their info, and they get 40% of everyone that wins, if it wins. Can anyone tell me why none of my discharge papers say what kind of mesh was used. Any help from your esperience, I do not have insurance anymore, and cannot go to a obgyn right now. Then I saw something that was written above, that I have back problems, so attributed the leg”s aching, and when laying down at night it is the wierdest felling, you can’t stand the feeling, and it is like a pricking in all areas of the legs, and you can’t stand keeping your legs stationary, and nothing help’s take it away. Any ones help would greatly appreciated, and how do you pick a lawyer out of all the tv ads.

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  • mischelle says:

    I also had a mesh done in 2011 , and I knew about 6 mo. later something was wrong, so I went back to the dr. that did the surg. .2 different times only to be told there was nothing wrong.

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  • Yvonne says:

    I had a total hysterectomy and bladder sling 2010. Enjoyed the sling for the first couple years. Now 4 plus years later, I’m having side, back and leg pain. Having a very difficult time sleeping, can’t lay in any position without pain. Causing issues with work. I lift and move around heavy materials often. Which is becoming extremely difficult now. I have very low energy or interest in getting much done at home or work. I’m thinking it’s toxic to me. I just don’t feel right. Seeing a doctor about getting it out soon.

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  • Jane says:

    I had the sling surgery back in 2005. About 2 years ago I started having lower back . side, hip and upper leg pain. The pain is getting worse. I have a strong pain tolerance . When standing iI seem to feel it at its worst.

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  • another sleepless night says:

    It is 3.AM again…I havnt slept Since 2006 when I had a hysterectomy and bladder sling. I feel like I have been tortured … daily pain from mesh damage. No sleep due to pain so bad legs just can’t seem to lay well hip feels broken and my bladder and wide awake
    . The bathroom is my new home.
    My only silver lining is my hero and angel Dr. RAZ at UCLA. Without him I don’t know we’re I would be. I was much worse before I met him.
    He removed the web of mesh that was all over my insides.
    That help so much with the infection that was poisoning my body and system .I am his “girl with the huge stone that hung from the mesh in to my bladder.” Fever urinating blood it inside….intimacy did not.exist… my honeymoon I cryed in the bathroom bleeding and couldn’t even urinate. I had to cathader unless it decided to.come.out on its own.
    The damage from mesh is there. I can’t walk well, stand well, sit well…or even lay down well…
    I BMW that I had been blessed with from my cousin because I could no get in and.put of it since it sat to low. I cry at night sometimes out loud often alone and mostly just in silence…. my family loves me because we are family but they just don’t know. I literally scream inside my mind and seem to look at people live normal and envy 80 year old women who seem to walk in less pain then I .
    My family is out going and I feel like a out cast and a burden. I look at my legs and my left hip and say why can’t you just stop hurting so bad. . I am a woman of faith and this is what has sustained me. I know God sent me to DR RAZ who has been like a father to me through this all.
    I have a huge pain tolerance and have given birth 5 times 4 of them completely natural and labor was nothing compared to the pain I feel now.
    .it’s like contractions
    …… I want to be normal but some one else who suffers from this told me… what we once knew as normal will no longer be again BUT we will have a new normal and will survive and life will go on.
    God help us all .
    Right now pain seems to continue But
    We are not alone and have to know as Dr Raz once told me “this is just a chapter in your huge book of life.
    I just have to keep on living and pray for a better tomorrow. Steroids helped one time I was sick in my throat and realized I could walk a little better during.treatment … but I gained more wight…. 50 pounds since my hustorectomy due to lack of activity and steroids but they did help for a few weeks.
    I don’t do well with pain meds because they give me migranes.
    Tomorrow is here. In a few hours my kids will wake up for school and I will best to smile .
    Got to remember to embrace the good and God help me with the rest.

    Right now pain seems to continue But
    We are not alone and have to know as Dr Raz once told me “this is just a chapter in your huge book of life.

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 7:58 am

  • Michelle says:

    After my urethra reconstruction from having had my urethra stitched shut since my second bladder suspension surgery 16 years prior, and my new bladder sling surgery in 2012 I had an intense pain directly in the middle up my buttocks right near my tailbone. I asked immediately when I woke up what this pain could be and repeatedly over the next nine months as I could not have a normal bowel movement without liquidating it first. They finally sent me for a colonoscopy (which I had been begging for) and they found that one of the support bars had been pierced directly through my rectum. I had surgery to cut this and the pushed back on both sides to cut the now free dangling bar back as far as possible in hopes of no further problems. As of a week ago, I am in intense pain again, I can feel a bar on the rear back side of me rectum and have great pain shooting through my inner back right buttock which is where I am assuming this bar is connected. I am trying to get an appointment with my surgeon again, but isn’t there any compensation for the pain, mental anguish (they kept telling me I was fine and just diagnosed me with depression – no one would listen!). Hopefully, I will find out this week that another repairitive surgery will at least alleviate my rectal pain, although my bladder sling has just been dangling on one support bar for over three years now.

    Posted on April 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  • Marilyn says:

    Hi Patricia

    My name is Marilyn I had my mesh put in February 2008. I had lots of infections after my surgery it’s been really hard to keep a job I no what you mean . I take so many vitamins to try to help with the problem like cranberry w/probiotics for the bladder, vitamin c to help yeast, b-12, alpha folic acid 300mg helps with people with hiv/aides and cancer. If I don’t take everyday I get this bad smell like an infection many people can smell it’s. It’s embarrassing I think I have erosion due to this mesh. I read this article that its smells like just mowed grass and I always have this small scent like pee. I’m a person that very self conscious. I use vaginal products with ph balances to help the smell and shower 3 times a-day but no help. I also have insurance but my co-pay is to much for doctor visits it $80.00 and specialty is $100.00 my husband work does not have good insurance. It’s hard for me to keep a job due to this problems so I could have my own insurance hopefully co-pays would be lower to get help and try to fix this problem were not along many women have lots of problems with it’s mesh hopefully something can be done to fix this mess.

    Posted on April 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  • mollie says:

    I am also dealing with the same exact issues you are sometimes I can’t even walk the pain from my pelvic down through mostly my right leg is so bad I end up dragging my leg I use a walker now and I can’t seem to get answers from anyone they gave me a diagnosis of my body is attacking itself but they can’t tell me why they just want to guess and medicate me

    Posted on June 15, 2015 at 2:25 am

  • Alicia says:

    You can find out what kind of mesh or bladder sling was used, through the operative report they always take the sticker off of the mesh or bladder sling that was used abd paste it on a sheet of paper. You can go to the hospital where you had the surgery and request your operative report. Just give them the date of surgery. Please do not go to those Dr’s on TV.

    Posted on July 5, 2015 at 3:23 am

  • Danyil says:

    I had my sling put in early this year, I just got a urinary track infection a month ago. I feel pain sometimes in the right side where the stitching was, I keep thinking that is just from heeling , but not sure ! A week before my period I have severe cramping more then now then before the sling. I had pains in arms , legs , bAck. A couple times after sex I had light bleeding( not much) but still ! I’m worried because I have had pre cervical cancer And my mom had cervical cancer and almost died. Can this sling cause cancer inside of women? Should I have it taken out soon before things get worse?

    Posted on July 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

  • Lori says:

    My surgery was in 2008. About a year later I started having problems with pain in my pelvic,vagina and lower back. I have had two surgical procedures and going on my third this sept 2015. The first was a stricture in my vagina and second I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis basically inflammation of the bladder that was in 2013 2014. As of today I am fighting with an auto immune of some sort drs have not quite figured it all out. I know am just tired of dr after dr! But I can’t afford to get it removed! All I know is I didn’t have the inflammation problems until after the mesh… I have lawyers but they have told me it’s going to be an on going case for a very long time. I hope I don’t die before than as my body is really turning on itself!

    Posted on September 5, 2015 at 1:08 am

  • April says:

    I had pelvic mesh in 2008 and had to have it removed. Have ahd several sergeries. I am part of a litigation currently. What I would like to say is, most of us women were so focused on the issue at hand that we had no idea there were going be effects lasting years and years later. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia & osteoarthritis at 43 years old and the dr’s feel possible RA that hasn’t shown up yet in the blood. These are all side effects that are long term after effects from the polypropylene from that mesh our bodies are not meant to have inside if us. I just wanted to share my experience before anyone settles incase anyone is feeling ill or unual exhaustion go get checked.

    Posted on February 14, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  • flora says:

    I had bladder sling surgery in 2014 not knowing of all the possible problems, never even heard of problems until I started feeling pain in lower stomach, pelvic, upper thighs, lower back, painful intercourse, spotting, and cramping. That’s what prompted me to review online any problems. I am now having breathing issues along with lupus, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. I didn’t ask for any of this, just wanted to have relief from sneezing, coughing, and laughing without having the incontinent episodes, now mu life has taken a whole new turn with a foriegn mesh product. I’ve been started on anxiety medication to help relieve some of my fears, If you or someone you know thinks about having this done, don’t; I still have the same incontinence problem.

    Posted on April 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  • michelle says:

    Brenda I feel like we are/were in the same boat if that makes sense. I have had extreme leg pain and have never read anyone else’s experiences with the sling, although I have settled my claim. My ortho says it’s mild arthritis but this pain I experience when I lay down or sit in the same position very long is unbearable.
    As for the type of sling the Dr used, that will be in your operative report. There should be a. Label/ sticker or copy of the sticker on this report that was taken off When the sling was opened.

    Posted on April 25, 2016 at 8:01 am

  • Cindy says:

    I had my bladder mesh put in around March 2010 and just had it removed May 2016 . If I had it all to do over again I would have never done it. I completely understand all you guys. I just hope these guys have to pay for what they have done to human beings.

    Posted on June 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  • Abigail says:

    My name is Abigail I had the mesh put in 2009 or 2010 I can’t even remember I was 35 years old my life has been miserable since I had so much pain in my hip my leg n my back I fell like I have arthritis all through my body my mesh was taken out .I think ..that’s wats the doctor said but I still feel like it’s inside me I still get alot of infections my immune system is weak I got inflammation all the time I even ended up with cancer in my lungs n never smoked in my life the doctor,said it was second hand smoke ..I believe him but not really …the took the cancer out but the damage my nerves that go to my stomach now I have ulcers n stomachs problems n nerve damage..I live in nightmare so young n going true somuch I cry my self to sleep everyday silently so my kids won’t here me ..this is horrible. I had to beg doctors to help me n all they thought was that I was they would send me home with so much meds that I’m drowsy n tired all day with so many side affects it’s ridiculous..I don’t have a life since I put that in my body I regret that so bad .please people be careful with that junk I think it can cause cancer …but they don’t tell u these things cause they don’t want to scare you …my prayers go out to all who suffer from this junk ..all we can do is pray everyday ..nobody hope we make it through this junk ..

    Posted on July 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  • Debbie says:

    I seem to have almost the same symptoms as you,, I’m so sorry this happened to you ANDall the others. My question. How did you find out that there are only four doctors to remove. The sling yet everybody and their brother can install them ?? Can you please email me the names of those docs,, don’t know how much more pain I can take thanks much. Debbie in California

    Posted on July 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

  • Carol says:

    I have had same problems with the bladder sling and can’t get doctors to check it out and law firm handling my case don’t tell me anything . I am so tired of being in pain n traveling every where I can get into see a doctor then they look in there and tell me different things like I don’t know enough about them to tell you anything more , or give me meds for infections that make me feel like I’m being poisoned for two weeks but never check the actual mesh. I am disabled but can work part time and have had opportunities to get jobs but can’t because the pains I get and the meds for infections have me bed ridden for weeks. I am alone and have no one to help when I am so sick so I suffer without eating or anything . No car to get to far for doctors if I can get one to take me . I would think the lawyer for my case would help to find a doctor so they can prove their case more efficiently? My bladder sling was put in 2006 . I noticed shortly after that I couldn’t hold my urin at all . Before the surgery I only leaked when I coughed real hard. In the past 7 years I’ve had severe pains on my right side I thought were my appendix. Back pains,vaginal pains, occasional bleeding , constant infection, my mesh in Ethicon and I signed with law firm four years ago . How long should we have to suffer before something gets done ? Why won’t doctors stand up and help us ? The doctor who put this in me got mad when I went to him to check it out like I was blaming him or something ! I just want to know how bad my condition is and get it fixed . Now they tell me I have POP and I sure don’t want another mesh put in me . All other manufacturers have settled or are but J&J won’t and are making us women wait longer, suffer longer and get worse . Do we have to die before something get settled ?

    Posted on August 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

  • Carol says:

    Michelle , I have the sling as well and also get the leg pains . I get the lower back pains , thrush a few times a year ( yeast infection in mouth . Babies get it usually ), pains in my upper arms between joints , severe cramping and contraction like pains . This is horrible

    Posted on August 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

  • Linda says:

    My mother has had problems from day one with the mesh. We finally got her to take action, but found out that the hospital has destroyed her records. She had the procedure done 13 years ago. She has suffered for many years with UT infections and pain.. Now she has skin cancer in the vaginal area, which she is being treated for. She has had to use depends due to constantly leaking. She deserves compensation , but they say that will not happen.

    Posted on August 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm

  • Jean says:

    How did you settle your claim already? Been waiting a long time for mine but does it cover medical issues that might occur later?

    Posted on September 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  • sheryl says:

    I had a sling put in in 2007 seemed ok for a few years but then the pain began in my hip.ive had that hip replaced due to arthritis and a break jn my femur a rid was put but ive had mri’s and x rays to find nothing wrong and still have hip pain..lower back pain thigh pain…ive gotton shots up inside..had some liquid out in me u had to hold un for a while before i let it out..and it burned like when you have a bad urinary tract and it never did a thing..i went fir therapy,was given a plastic peice and was told to put it inside my vagina and lress on my muscles ti stop any spazms that helps a little but i still have thus flippin pain..ive been waiting on a law suit and the firm just keeps telling me thw company dont wana settle..they just have so many suits against them..and the evil about it is…they are still on the market…God bless us all!!! Does anyone know of an Indiana Doct. That will remove it..cause i went to 2 different endocrinologists and they tell me it cant be remived will cause more problems..please somebody help me…

    Posted on October 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

  • Cyndi says:

    My mommies now dead because if this product. I watched her suffer for years. Scream and cry just when she had to pee. She was in agony for years and somehow developed an aneurysm from the strain of the constant infection making her blood pressure stay so high, and they couldn’t operate on her.. Her cause of death was complications from pyelonephritis… Her kidneys and bladder looked like Freddy Kruger had gotten ahold of them. The bladder along itself was inside her bladder.. It soaked all the way through her bladder and the doctors thought it was a mass. But it was mesh.. She died Nov 29th 2016 and I would like nothing more than to find the makers of this mesh mess and shove their products down there own throats… THEY KILLED MY MOMMA!!! Her heart literally could not fight anymore infections and it simply just stopped beating.. Her little heart was so tired from years of torment… I would love to meet the maker of this product one day and call them a murderer to their faces…

    Posted on December 30, 2016 at 3:17 am

  • Penny says:

    Kimberly as I was reading you symptoms it made be feel more like the pain I have on my left side hip area could be from the bladder sling. Today I have signs of a yeast infection. I would like to hear from you.

    Posted on October 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  • Sarah says:

    I had a mesh done in 2016 and for the last 6 months I have had awful pain in my left hip, thigh and knee. X-rays have shown nothing of concern and I cannot sleep without serious painkillers. Im feeling pretty nervous right now reading all these testimonials.

    Posted on May 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

  • Dawn l says:

    I have 3 slings in place.
    The first one eroded and had to be partially removed, the second and third have been totally useless and cause pelvic pain, hip and back pain.
    I would never recommend a sling to anyone.

    Posted on July 5, 2018 at 7:14 am

  • Pat says:

    I had a TVT op in about 2003for a prolapsed womb and incontinence after the op I did not void for 18 hours the pain was awful I have since had problems with pain the the top of the leg and soreness in the vaginal area that gets very itchy at times I have had antibiotics off my doctor but feel I don.t always like to bother him I now cannot hold my water for long even at night so I have to wear pads a lot I sometimes think its just age until my sister told me about the problems people have after having this procedure done

    Posted on December 1, 2018 at 11:42 am

  • Claire says:

    I had the tvt in November 2018 and have just had surgery April 2019 the mesh had moved from one side you could feel it when on period using a tampon or lillett on removal it would catch on tvt mesh . They have just cut the exposed tape and stitched I get leg cramps and lower back pain but my urgency is 100 times worse than ever and my stree incontisence is coming back when I drink alcohol I can not control my bladder I’m 44 and really embarrassed I don’t go out and do not have sexual relationships

    Posted on May 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

  • Michelle says:

    I had the sling surgery done July 7th, ever since my hip has been soooo painful. Sometimes I go to stand up and I fall cause my hip isn’t working yet,feels better once I get walking ,doesn’t hurt as bad when I’m sitting . Is this a normal complication of the surgery?

    Posted on October 25, 2019 at 12:47 am

  • karin says:

    We were all not informed of these so called slings which is actually made from mesh. When the problems start they just pretend that they did inform you which is a lie.We are also suffering in South Africa with TVT slings

    Posted on February 14, 2020 at 10:45 am

  • Susan says:

    I had sling/mesh surgery November2018. My rectum an bladder dropped that’s why I had surgery. Year later I’m hurting up inside me lots. My blood pressure is high now. Pain is bad. I’m on new meds due to this surgery. Gonna have CT scan done soon. Something is wrong .. I’m messed up since surgery. So much going on. Dr got to do something.

    Posted on February 25, 2020 at 6:00 am

  • Regina says:

    I had this terrible surgery done in 2012,it was supposed to stop incontinece . Well it failed to the point where I have to wear female napkins during the day and depends at knight so that I don’t wet the bed at night. As for a sex life that is totally gone, thankfully I have a very loving husband who understands what I have been through.

    Posted on July 1, 2020 at 11:08 pm

  • Eve says:

    I got my bladder sling 2010. And reading all these testimonies has me analyzing my past and now problems. Everything happening to me is adding up. These things happened about 8 years ago.
    1. Slowed walking
    2. Couldn’t stand In one place at all
    3. Left hip pain.
    4. Painful intercourse
    5. Started wearing a panty liner
    6. R.L.S.
    Now it’s 2021 and I’m seeing a pattern:
    1. Shortness of breath
    2. Fatigue
    3. R.L.S: at this time I rate my pain at a 10 if I don’t take my Ropinrole medication by 7 p.m
    4. I wear a huge pad
    5. Intercourse is non existent to painful
    6. Lower back pain
    7. Cramping muscles
    8. It feels like my stomach is lodging itself under my rib cage
    9. Experiencing super embarrassing over the top wetness or peeing during intercourse
    10. Pinched nerve of lower back.
    11. More pending

    Posted on March 9, 2021 at 2:18 am

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