Judy

Schererville, IN

#604 Jan 13, 2009
Had the gynecare tvt tape mesh installed eary 2004. Husband says he feels the rough edges when we have sex. He has even had scratches on his penis. This has made love making not very interesting for either of us.. I wish I had never had the surgery the worse decision of my life.
NeedsHelp

Toronto, Canada

#605 Jan 13, 2009
I had a sling put in back in 2005 and had tons of problems, I had 13 surgeries last year and am still probably facing another 2 at least, and maybe a complete reconstruction this year.
Anyway I have contacted a lawyer, and he said he would take my case but we only had til feb. if the dates on most of my records were right. Im having a hard time finding out things about the mesh that was implanted in me and I was wondering if anyone could show me how to look it up on the FDA website because when I type the name in the search engine it doesnt bring up anything...
The name was avulta but thats all I know about it.... I would appreciate any help I could get. Thanks, goodluck to you all.
Tracy

Pell City, AL

#606 Jan 14, 2009
I had gynecare tvt the first of Dec. 08. I went back for my 4 week check up, and told the DR. that I felt a tightness in my left groin area. Also,my husband and I had sex for the first time today since the surgery, and it was uncomfortable, I didn't even try to have an orgasim. The DR said to wait 6 weeks post op and see how it feels.

If it still bothers me at 6 weeks,should I ask to have it removed? Can it be totally removed? I am thinking after reading the posts that the sooner I get this out the better.

I was not told of any negative side effects, and the recovery time was underestimated. I read the pamplet and did some brief research, but did not come across this website until today. I am very leary since things still do not feel right. please advise.

Thank you
Helen

UK

#607 Jan 15, 2009
millie wrote:
Hi all, I am in the uk and feeling very lonely and upset. I had the tvt o 18 months ago and two partial removals for vaginal erosion over the next few months. I then had a tvt in jan 07 but continued to have erosion problems so had surgery to remove it in may 07, this turned into a 7 hour surgery to remove the tape from my bladder and damaged ureter which had to be reimplanted. My incontinence was then almost constant so had a colposuspension in sept 07. im still incontinent and low and behold still got tape eroding into my vagina. so back to surgery for further removal and bulking injections. Im still incontinent and have been advised to have a fascial sling. Ive been told this has never happened to anyone before! So thank god for you ladies, you may just save my sanity. Ive lost huge amount of time from work and my sex life is zilch.I really was beginning to think I was going mad.
Hi Millie where in the UK are you

xxxxx
Helen

UK

#608 Jan 15, 2009
Tracy wrote:
I had gynecare tvt the first of Dec. 08. I went back for my 4 week check up, and told the DR. that I felt a tightness in my left groin area. Also,my husband and I had sex for the first time today since the surgery, and it was uncomfortable, I didn't even try to have an orgasim. The DR said to wait 6 weeks post op and see how it feels.
If it still bothers me at 6 weeks,should I ask to have it removed? Can it be totally removed? I am thinking after reading the posts that the sooner I get this out the better.
I was not told of any negative side effects, and the recovery time was underestimated. I read the pamplet and did some brief research, but did not come across this website until today. I am very leary since things still do not feel right. please advise.
Thank you
Hi Tracy Im sorry you found the site too late like so many before you. I can only advise you get them to remove it as soon as possible. I have very dear friend that after 16 months is still in agony. I was one of the lucky ones a Gynae I saw after having the TVT took it out as soon as it started making problems and extreme pain. Good luck and let us know how you get on
Helen
x
Becky

United States

#609 Jan 15, 2009
I hope you have found some help. I had a similar experience where I had 4 surgeries to remove the "mesh". Found a wonderful/qualified Dr in Dallas at UT Southwestern..Dr. Zimmern. If anybody can remove this ugly mesh it is Dr. Zimmern. He was a God send.
carolyn reggio wrote:
I agree there should be a national registry for people having problems. That might bring attention to how many of us there are and maybe someone would begin to care. So far I've seen 6 surgeons in my 4 months post surgery and none will admit my problems are due to the mesh implants. They all know each other and all stick together. My surgeon implanted 2 separate meshes into my abdomin. How do we prove the problems we're experiencing are due to the implants? Each attorney I've spoken to tells me I don't have a lawsuit. What a nightmare! It really seems hopeless. FYI: The hospital bill shows the cost of the AMS Monarc as $4,373.00 The 5 associated sutures were separate and added up to be $468.00 The Gynecare mesh GPS was $2,508.00 There are other alternatives. Are these dangerous mesh implants being used more for financial gain that our health? Is the FDA and the manufacturers in bed together? Yes, I'm angry! How do you find a doctor who will help? Do we have to live in pain the rest of our lives? How do find anyone who will even listen?

Since: Nov 08

Nanaimo, Canada

#610 Jan 16, 2009
Bobbi in Rural Sask wrote:
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Hi there, I am currently doctoring about recurrent UTI's since Aug.08 - I had a TVT tape putin on Apr.30/08. I think it is becoming a nightmare. I was told I might have to have mine cut as I am having trouble voiding...does this sound similiar to you?
My problems are mostly left sided groin pain that radiates down my inner thigh, into my buttock and foot. It is always there in varying degrees. My voiding has never been normal. For the first 6 months, I felt like I had a uti constantly because of the urgency. I still have urgency and frequency. A friend of mine whom I met on this site has difficulty voiding, and has had hers out. my e-mail is deborama2@live.com. Feel free, things are a bit different in Canada for us and our medical system. I hope you are getting some help. Hope to hear from you. Deb
Robin Herzog

United States

#612 Jan 18, 2009
I too had the TVT tape put in Apr 2005. Since then my doctor never prescribed Estacream which I found out is a must after surgery. I did not get it until 1 yr later which was too late. I continued to have pain during and after intercourse. My husband has scras on his penis from the tape. It eroded into my vaginal wall. I had to have it removed and replaced in Dec 2008 by a Urologist ( a professional) not a gynecologist. I think this is a must. He also has done thousands of these surgeries but I had a Monarch sling put int his time which is different. I still am havig a little leakage which they said coul dbe from a bladder infection but it is not. I think after reading all of this I think I will just wear a panty liner and foegt about any more surgeries unless I have alot of pain. My husband and I have not had sex yet and they said to wait 6 weeks. I will let youknow how that goes. Please make sure your dr prescribes Estracream ointment to put inside daily to help with healing. My last dr did not and it did not heal properly and reoded into the vaginal wall. I am seeking a lawsuit through Mazie, Slayer, Katz and Freeman in New Jersey. This is where Gynecare TVT makers Ethicon, Johnson & Johson reside. I think we should all get a class action suit and let these lawyers represent us and get us what we deserve! Compensation! Birds of a feather flock together.
Susan

Blackwood, NJ

#613 Jan 18, 2009
Laurie wrote:
In 1999 I had a hysterectomy. In Dec 2001, I had vaginal reconstruction surgery. At that time my doctor told me about the invasive TVT sling. I was told that it would cure my bladder leakage. I was catherized for about 1 week. I feel an urgency to go but have had trouble emptying my bladder ever since. I have had several dilations but they don't seem to help. I also have pain at times and can feel rough edges of the tape. I have had bladder infections that have been so severe that they have turned into accute kidney infections. I still have the sling in but am worried about more serious side effects if loosened or removed. Can it be removed? The worst part is that I talked my mother into having the TVT sling put in at approximately the same time. My mother lives two states away. She came and stayed with me and thought that she was going to receive a miracle treatment. She went back home and had to return two weeks later to have the sling cut loose. She couldn't urinate and developed an infection. She has massive scar tissue from this surgery. She has been in pain and has absolutely no bladder control what so ever. It worsened her incontinence. It has made her depressed and embarressed. I feel so bad that I talked her into it. I should have done research first. Thanks goodness for your website to warn others before it's too late.
I too have had nothing but problems since my tvt sling. My doctor lead me to believe it would be the answer to my problems. Far from it. So now I don't pee if I jump up and down...big deal. I'm not in the habit of jumping up and down. Other than that I still have incontinence issues. I have had severe infections, acutally constant infections. I was told my alternative was to self catheterize on a daily basis which only causes more infections. The past couple of weeks I now have uncontrollable incontinence at night soaking through 2 poise pads. This started while I was in my mid forties and I am now 50 and once again searching for a doctor to help. Are you aware of any lawsuits? Thanks for you help, Sue fro NJ
Susan

Blackwood, NJ

#614 Jan 18, 2009
too have had nothing but problems since my tvt sling. My doctor lead me to believe it would be the answer to my problems. Far from it. So now I don't pee if I jump up and down...big deal. I'm not in the habit of jumping up and down. Other than that I still have incontinence issues. I have had severe infections, acutally constant infections. I was told my alternative was to self catheterize on a daily basis which only causes more infections. The past couple of weeks I now have uncontrollable incontinence at night soaking through 2 poise pads. This started while I was in my mid forties and I am now 50 and once again searching for a doctor to help. Are you aware of any lawsuits? Thanks for you help, Sue from NJ

Since: Mar 08

Huntington, WV

#615 Jan 20, 2009
I had the TVT in 2003. After reading this forum, I am convinced that my last few years of unexplained pain is from the TVT. I have had recurring UTIs since this surgery...to the point that I now have stage III kidney disease. It has always hurt a little bit, but one day in October, I felt a ripping horrible pain. I have been bounced around from doc to doc...they have thought it was a hernia or scar tissue (from a hyster in 2004)...I've had CT scans, ultrasounds and every kind of test available My OB/GYN thinks it could be a complication from the TVT. That is what clued me off to doing a search for it on the Internet.

I am scheduled for a scope on 2/12. My OB/GYN will look for scar tissue and/or hernia but he says he cannot do any repair to the TVT if that is the case (he did not do the initial surgery). I am going to have to go out of town to find someone to remove/repair this TVT if that is the case. Any suggestions? I'm in the OH/KY/WV area.

Also, if there is a lawsuit going on against the manufacturer...please count me in.

I'm so frustrated and wish I had never had the TVT surgery. I would definately recommend anyone to NOT have this surgery. Ever.
Pooh

Norcross, GA

#616 Jan 20, 2009
I had the gynacare tvt sling Sept 07...and not a moment goes by I don't wish I had NEVER had this done. I read some of the posts and didn't listen...had too much confidence in my GYN and URO. Now it seems they say I should have surgery again..this time the old fashion way..with no sling. I am afraid of making bad worse. I too have lost all "feeling"...sex is a thing of the past. I feel a clamping on the urethra ALL the time except when lying down. Feels like a constant UTI...but not one. Hind sight!
mom 1965

Fredericton, Canada

#617 Jan 21, 2009
so sorry that there are still so meny woman sill getting this tvt in and having trouble..its such a horror to go through so much pain and the drs trying to convince you that its everything else causing the pain and not the tvt,,,PLEASE TELL EVERYONE that you know who is thinking about this tvt mesh NOT to have it done..its not worth the pain, missery and expence and numerious dr visits,meds and tests...the list can go on and on...God Bless Mom 1965

Since: Mar 08

Huntington, WV

#618 Jan 21, 2009
Has anyone had luck with the Cleveland Clinic with the TVT removal?
millie

UK

#619 Jan 21, 2009
Helen wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Millie where in the UK are you
xxxxx
hello Helen, I live in the west of scotland.
athensfarmgirl

Clarkesville, GA

#620 Jan 21, 2009
Pooh wrote:
I had the gynacare tvt sling Sept 07...and not a moment goes by I don't wish I had NEVER had this done. I read some of the posts and didn't listen...had too much confidence in my GYN and URO. Now it seems they say I should have surgery again..this time the old fashion way..with no sling. I am afraid of making bad worse. I too have lost all "feeling"...sex is a thing of the past. I feel a clamping on the urethra ALL the time except when lying down. Feels like a constant UTI...but not one. Hind sight!
Where in Atlanta did you have surgery? I am just getting started with this problem and don't want to choose wrong
Pooh

Norcross, GA

#621 Jan 22, 2009
athensfarmgirl....email me at cparson9@bellsouth.net
Kim

Seneca, SC

#622 Jan 23, 2009
I had tvt surgery 5 weeks ago. I'm having problems with cramping after walking or lifting things. Lifting nothing heavy.Feeling tired all the time.Sometimes it feels like someone is dripping cool water down my left leg. When my husband and I tried to have sex last night for the first time it was very painful. It felt very tight, bad cramping and shock feelings on the inside. I cramp bad for an hour after . Still feeling cramp now. Very worried that something is wrong.
Suzanne

United States

#623 Jan 23, 2009
Kim,

I don't understand why, after the FDA issued the Public Health Notification regarding surgical mesh anyone would have this done, unless you were unaware.

If that is the case, your doctor should have told you of these risks, so that you could make an informed decision. If he or she didn't, I would be looking for a Urogynecologist to remove the mesh, before it has time to become fully embedded in your tissues, before it adheres to any of your organs or nerve beds or before it erodes through your vaginal wall, and then I would look for an attorney to represent you in a non disclosure case against the doctor.

If you decide to have it removed, write the hospital and your doctor a letter, clearly stating that you want to take home any and all of the mesh extracted from your body, and store this container in your freezer. Once these mesh products are recalled, and I strongly believe they will be, you may be able to find a lawyer to help you sue the pants off both the manufacturer and/or the doctor for turning your life upside down.

The FDA's Public Health Notification only addresses the more than 1000 cases reported directly from nine manufacturers. What it does not take into account are all of the adverse events that have been filed directly with the FDA by individuals or doctors on behalf of these individuals, as this number is far greater than the more than 1000 cases that are referenced. Ethicon's Tension Free Mesh has 893 adverse events on file with the FDA alone on the Maude Database, which is a part of and maintained by the FDA, and not in a uniform manner.

It thoroughly disgusts me that I was never told that Ethicon's TVT Device, which received approval by the FDA in January of 1998 was based on the substantial equivalency (as cited in their TVT proposal) to the predicate device ProteGen Sling Collagen Impregnated Material. This predicate device was pulled from the market after a firm initiated recall a mere 14 months later in March of 1999. This self initiated recall occurred five years and three months prior to my doctor implanting the TVT in me.

When the manufacturer themselves pulled the ProteGen Sling from the market, the company cited "complications with a higher than expected rate of vaginal erosion and dehiscence" and further stated "and does not appear to function as intended." It defiesí reasoning that the FDA would not pull from the market any devices that had gained approval using a predicate device that has been shown to be defective. This is our Government for you.

Kim, I wish you well and hope that you will see about getting the mesh removed before it causes you substantial harm.

I really feel for all of us, victims of a corrupt government who seems to be in bed with the Pharmaceutical Giants.
yvonne

San Francisco, CA

#624 Jan 31, 2009
Renee wrote:
Oh, almost forgot... my surgeon on Monday asked if he could videotape my procedure (without any identifying information, etc., of course) Said that he is doing more and more of these mesh removals, and since I was such a perfect example of full mesh exposure/erosion, it would be an excellent teaching tool for other physicians learning how to do it. I said "OK"; I hope it can help another doctor help another woman.
So now my silly husband is teasing me that I'm a porn star and/or that the video will show up on the internet or You-Tube!!! haha! ;o)
Could you please give me the name of your surgeon. I am looking high and low for someone to remove my mesh. The doctor I used wouldn't even refer me, and so I looked around. After sending in all my paperwork from my prior surgeries, he recommended 5 and they are all out of state. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you would think there would be at least one reputable surgeon that could remove my miserable mesh. Could you please give me a referral?
Thank you so much

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