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Angie

Toronto, Canada

#630 Feb 3, 2009
Sorry to read all these stories, its really sad that Doctors that we trust can do things like this to us. I myself had this surgery 2 yrs ago and have had over a dozen surgeries in the past year alone. Im very young not even 30 yet and have been thru hell and back. I had the bladder sling put in but thats not what eroded into my vagina it was actually a sling that was put in for a rectocele repair. I have read on here in several posts that some of you have reported your problems to the FDA I would like to do that as well but I have no idea how. Could someone please post the link for me and maybe just give me some kind of directions on how to do this?? Thanks, my prayers are with all of you. I think each and everyone one of you should contact a lawyer because if you do try and sue for medical malpractice I know in most states you only have 2 yrs to do so. Goodluck everyone.
Angie

Toronto, Canada

#631 Feb 3, 2009
Amy wrote:
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I too have leg pain following this procedure. Please email me at schultza@stccs.org if anyone can relate to pain that radiates down behind my right leg, past knee than into the side of my calf, turns into numbness in my toes.
I have that too, I also have a herniated disc so now all the doctors are saying thats the only reason I have the leg pain, but I had it way before I had the herniated disc. Seems like doctors are the ones who screwed us up but theyre also the ones who dont believe anything we say.
Goodluck
Suzanne

United States

#632 Feb 4, 2009
Angie,

You can file an adverse event report with the FDA on form 3500. It is imperative that you have the correct device name, model number, and manufacturer which can be obtained from your hospital records. The first step is to get these records. I would reference both slings, unless you are absolutely 100% certain that it was the rectocele sling that eroded into your vagina.

This link is to Medwatch, a division of the FDA.
Just copy and paste into your browser:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwat...

MedWatch -- The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program allows healthcare professionals and consumers to voluntarily report serious problems that they suspect are associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. These problems include serious adverse reactions and events, product quality problems, and product use errors. Reporting can be done online, by phone, or by submitting the MedWatch 3500 form by mail or fax. Visit the MedWatch How To Report page for more details.

Let me know if you need any further information.

Hope you find relief soon!

Suzanne
fran

Hutchinson, KS

#633 Feb 7, 2009
I had the surgery in Nov 08. I have not been able to urinate w/o using a catheter since surgery. I had dialation procedure, no help. Now the doctor says we need to do another surgery to cut the tape. Any suggestions?
Suzanne

United States

#634 Feb 7, 2009
Fran,

Since you asked for suggestions, I suggest you ask them to take the entire mesh device out, before it has more time to adhere or erode within your body.

You too should file an adverse event report with the FDA. The link is listed in the post immediately above.

Sorry to hear of your problems, and I wish you the best of luck.

Suzanne
Lori

Ann Arbor, MI

#636 Feb 11, 2009
Oh great.....I had this TVT procedure 6 weeks ago.... My mom called me today to tell me about lawsuits related to this. I've had pain ever since, had to self-cath myself after being released from the hospital because I couldn't urniate before being released and NOBODY ever told me of the complications surrounding this procedure. They totally minimized any complications and I had it done by a "World reknowned" urogyn doc at a MAJOR University medical center.... Now I'm freaking out. I go back for my 6 week checkup Friday... Should I demand they remove it immediately??? I have enough darn female problems (I've had endometriosis for 25 years), etc.....
Suzanne

Montgomery, AL

#637 Feb 11, 2009
Hi Lori,

I am so sorry that you had to join our group, as that means another person has been harmed by the Transvaginal Taping (TVT) Device: in other words, surgical mesh.

The common denominator seems to be that none of our doctors told us of these types of risks; they all minimized the complications. If I were you, having already stated that you had/are having problems, I would demand that the mesh be taken out immediately. My problems didn’t start until four years later, and though they were able to extract the middle section where it eroded through my vaginal wall into the vaginal vault, the end pieces are firmly enmeshed in my tissues. These pieces will more than likely at some point have to be dissected from my tissues, putting me at an even greater risk.

Before Surgery, write a letter to both your doctor and your hospital instructing them that you want to take home the pieces that are extracted. I am not certain of this, but it seems logical that these pieces be stored in your freezer. You may need these if you ever file suit.

Next, get a copy of your hospital records, this will tell you exactly what type of device they implanted in you,(i.e., the manufacturer, model number, lot number, etc ...) File an adverse event report with Medwatch, which is a part of the Food & Drug Administration using form number 3500. Do this ASAP!

Then get a copy of your medical records from your urogyn, and scrutinize them for any discrepancies. For instance, if there is a page that lists the complications, see if you signed or initialed it. Just because it may be in your records, doesn't mean you were ever told of the risks, or given a copy.

If you find discrepancies no matter how minute they may seem, address it in writing and mail it via registered mail to your doctor’s office, asking that your records be corrected, and that you be provided a corrected copy. In your letter include the following statement:“This letter is to be included in and become a permanent part of my medical record with your office.” This is important, as should you ever need to file a lawsuit, you can show that you were right on top of things. Start a TVT file on your computer, as you will more than likely be writing lot’s of letters. Document everything well, and do a lot of research.

It is horrendous how many women are being damaged permanently by Transvaginal Taping (TVT) Devices. Did your doctor ever tell you about other methods, like using your own biological materials so that your body wouldn’t reject this foreign object? Mine didn’t, and I am guessing yours didn’t either.

Good luck to you on Friday, and please keep us posted on your status.

Suzanne
lyn

Dundee, UK

#638 Feb 12, 2009
lorraine you will not be alone although i am suffering after having tvt and rectocele repair june 08 awful problems since.continuous urethal pain very uncomfortable urination,no infection.back in hospital sept ,cystoscopy,no erosion.october perianal abscess had to go to hospital for incision and drainage.the surgeon who performed this said that it was possible the tvt was breaking down although rare this could be the cause.when i told gyno this he said this couldnt be as it was too far away from where tvt was.also that it is plastic and wouldnt break down.december urologist and gyno performed op to take some of the tape away 6 months after being put in,tape removed around urethra.the left side left in place apparently for support.the right side of tape could not be found! saw gyno few weeks ago doesnt understand why im still in pain,will be seeing urologist in few weeks.what a state to be in.im worried to death what will happen next.my life has been ruined.u.k .ladies we need to get things done.support group.help and fight together.this is just the start
Tina

Bellevue, NE

#639 Feb 12, 2009
I'm glad you have not had to endure any of the problems that some of us here have. Yours is a success story and contrary to what some might believe, there are success stories. Not every case has a bad ending. In fact, the bad endings are only a fraction of the procedures that are done. I haven't read very many posts that have had the complications and problems that I have had and it has been ongoing since 2005. I am scheduled March 3rd and the mesh is coming out once and for all. I've had numerous procedures in the hospital and in the office and I'm over it.
Suzanne

Montgomery, AL

#640 Feb 12, 2009
Tina,

I am not sure if you were replying to someone as it implies in your previous post, but I find it hard to believe that any woman suffering as so very many of us are, would have the audacity to suggest: "contrary to what some might believe, there are success stories. Not every case has a bad ending. In fact, the bad endings are only a fraction of the procedures that are done."

So, I guess you are of the opinion that it is okay for any fraction of us to be harmed, as long as there are "success" fables.

You further say "I haven't read very many posts that have had the complications and problems that I have had and it has been ongoing since 2005."

Are you crazy. How much worse can it get than it has been for many of the women who post here.

I find the tone of your letter to be offensive, because absolutely no woman who had suffered injuries, and who was in her right mind would spew the garbage that I read in your post. You should be ashamed of yourself.

I am not waging war with you. I just want you to know that I am one of the women who were injured, and I do not have a single positive thing to say about surgical mesh, nor do I believe other truly injured parties would take the stance you have in making these fairytale remarks.

It is for this reason that I highly suspect you are a pharmaceutical plant, and not an actual living, breathing, injured human being.
MySpace TVT Sling Surgery

Taunton, UK

#641 Feb 13, 2009
Yes I totally agree with you Suzanne, well said. I too would like to know who or what Tina is referring too and what she is meaning, please explain in more detail Tina as it is not coming across too well.

There should be no fraction! or percentages! or numbers! from gynys especially the number as they are saying and I quote from my Gyny "I have done 600 operations and all successful" strange how this same number pops up all the time from other patients! the dreaded 600! all baloney!

Tina, I have suffered since 2005, went down with a pulmonary embolis with a collapsed lung the next morning after surgery, I nearly died! severe bleeding for months on end and still bleeding, diagnosed with diabetes not long after the sugery and since surgery diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and now since July last year coping with this disgusting tape eroding in me! I am too much of a risk to have any surgery to get the eroding tape out!, I have it in me for LIFE eroding away!

Relations with my husband have been nil, it effected not only me but my marriage, family and whole life to the extent where I also lost my home and career.

Please also note Tina, Complications can come out from day one right up to in some cases I have heard up to 7 YEARS later.

This forum is to help sufferers support each other, we need comfort as to where we can go to seek solice and get answers as to why this flaming stuff was put in us when it is UNSAFE for many many people.

Also think on please Tina, there are many without a PC who are sat at home suffering alone! it is disgraceful.

Please have some compassion in your heart and give the comfort we all deserve, Life for most of us here is a living nightmare and we face it each and every single day trying to cope and accept this surgery has changed our womanhood, I for one feel nothing now, my womanhood and I am sure I speak for many here has been destroyed!

I pray every day Justice will be seen and I will continue my fight with the help of Lana and many other sufferers to get this mesh banned, plus I for one will tell everyone who I see and in contact with NOT to have this Transvaginal Tape surgery done.

Tina I look forward to hearing your response and I am sure Suzanne will too.
Suzanne wrote:
Tina,
I am not sure if you were replying to someone as it implies in your previous post, but I find it hard to believe that any woman suffering as so very many of us are, would have the audacity to suggest: "contrary to what some might believe, there are success stories. Not every case has a bad ending. In fact, the bad endings are only a fraction of the procedures that are done."
So, I guess you are of the opinion that it is okay for any fraction of us to be harmed, as long as there are "success" fables.
You further say "I haven't read very many posts that have had the complications and problems that I have had and it has been ongoing since 2005."
Are you crazy. How much worse can it get than it has been for many of the women who post here.
I find the tone of your letter to be offensive, because absolutely no woman who had suffered injuries, and who was in her right mind would spew the garbage that I read in your post. You should be ashamed of yourself.
I am not waging war with you. I just want you to know that I am one of the women who were injured, and I do not have a single positive thing to say about surgical mesh, nor do I believe other truly injured parties would take the stance you have in making these fairytale remarks.
It is for this reason that I highly suspect you are a pharmaceutical plant, and not an actual living, breathing, injured human being.
lyn

Dundee, UK

#642 Feb 13, 2009
Tina im a little confused if you have had problems since2005 and are now over it why are you going back in on march 3rd to have mesh taken out once and for all?thats if it can be or if it can be found as mine couldnt.i am suffering greatly even though some of the mesh was removed.Lets just hope that you are not made worse as some women are on removal of mesh.still as you have said you are over it so you wont need all us other ladies to support and help you in any way.please if you have no sympathy or support for anyone else please stay away and let all us other ladies do whatever we can to help each other get by day by day if you were a genuine sufferer you would also be doing your best to help others not come out with the comments you have.to all other lady sufferers lets just get on and help each other
Lorraine 2

St. John's, Canada

#643 Feb 13, 2009
My friend has had this procedure done and is in the middle of removal. She has had her first surgery, after much pain and anguish. She has to have at least another 2 surgeries. Can u please post info on how your lawsuit turned out. I started reading this at page 1 and realized that it was 2007. Is my friend who is Canadian able to get in on this suit? Is it a class action suit and would her case be helpful? Plz advise. I do not have much knowledge about lawsuits but i have seen my friend suffer enough!!! Thank you so much for this site!!
mom1965

Moncton, Canada

#644 Feb 14, 2009
lorraine2 if you like leave your email for me and i will contact you,your name says you are in canada.i am also from canada and had this nasty mesh in since 2007,,still in missery and it feels worse every day,,,and as for TINA ,,,WHAT are you into WOMAN,,if you were doing good and are now having this removed,then why are you saying that there are happy endings and bad results are a fraction of these procedures!!!!....you make me sick!!!!,,,,read the posts that are hear how many HAPPY ENDINGS are posted???????? I am still waiting for mine,and no end in site,,,Suzanne,I know exactley how you feel, seeing these idiots posting that mock us who suffer.Makes one wonder dosent it...Mom1965
Lorraine 2

Fredericton, Canada

#645 Feb 14, 2009
my email address is: lorraine.smith@nf.sympatico.ca

I eagerly await your reply...Thanx so much!!
Helen

UK

#646 Feb 14, 2009
mom1965 wrote:
lorraine2 if you like leave your email for me and i will contact you,your name says you are in canada.i am also from canada and had this nasty mesh in since 2007,,still in missery and it feels worse every day,,,and as for TINA ,,,WHAT are you into WOMAN,,if you were doing good and are now having this removed,then why are you saying that there are happy endings and bad results are a fraction of these procedures!!!!....you make me sick!!!!,,,,read the posts that are hear how many HAPPY ENDINGS are posted???????? I am still waiting for mine,and no end in site,,,Suzanne,I know exactley how you feel, seeing these idiots posting that mock us who suffer.Makes one wonder dosent it...Mom1965
I been trying to contact you sherrie msn love and hugs

xxxx
Dawn

Westminster, CA

#647 Feb 14, 2009
I had the tvt bladder lift and vaginal reconstruction in 2006 and I feel great from it. It took about 6 full weeks to recover and after that I have had no problems form the surgery what so ever. I listened to my Doctor and did exactly as instructed and have suffered no pain and no problems from the procedure. I had the surgery at ST. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton California and would definately do it again.
MySpace TVT Sling Surgery

Taunton, UK

#648 Feb 15, 2009
Dawn,

I am on the undestanding instructions should come from a gynecologist not a doctor! thanks for sharing your story and NOT adding any comment to your posting to show at least some compassion to the people suffering here, very selfish! this is one of the worst things to do to people who are very ill. If you had given us any thought, words of encouragement or maybe at least send us some healing I would of said to you this is brilliant yours was successful, but to show no compassion is darn right selfish!

What you have written sounds like you were told to or paid to write it or another idiot with no regard for others. There are numerous people around the world in alot of pain with destroyed lifes and fighting every single day for some happiness to come back into their lives, this is years of suffering for most on here! What a selfish person you are!

My advise to you now is - re-read your last 5 words written in your post and remember them, because it might just happen in a way you never thought possible!

God our creator is watching you through his son our saviour Jesus and sees all.

Dawn wrote:
I had the tvt bladder lift and vaginal reconstruction in 2006 and I feel great from it. It took about 6 full weeks to recover and after that I have had no problems form the surgery what so ever. I listened to my Doctor and did exactly as instructed and have suffered no pain and no problems from the procedure. I had the surgery at ST. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton California and would definately do it again.
mom1965

Fredericton, Canada

#649 Feb 15, 2009
Dawn,if you had such great things to say about the TVT and had no trouble what so ever then why are you looking around on a site that is dealing with woman who are harmed with this mesh,never if I would have had and troubles would I bother to go and look up negitive things about the mesh if it was so perfect,and not only that ,you would get it done again,your a sucker for punishment and are you expecting your mesh to fail?you make me and 99% of the ladies mad the 1% are pepole like you who write rubbish and promote a product that most likely you have something to do with...
Dawn wrote:
I had the tvt bladder lift and vaginal reconstruction in 2006 and I feel great from it. It took about 6 full weeks to recover and after that I have had no problems form the surgery what so ever. I listened to my Doctor and did exactly as instructed and have suffered no pain and no problems from the procedure. I had the surgery at ST. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton California and would definately do it again.
Suzanne

Montgomery, AL

#650 Feb 15, 2009
Dawn,

I couldn't agree more with the two women who posted after your idiotic post.

I too had the TVT procedure done in 2004, and for four years I too was very pleased with it. That was until this device eroded through my vaginal wall in June of 2008. You say you had the procedure in 2006, well two years after I had this implant, I was still happy about having it done, and I never even considered looking on the internet to see if people were having problems, and adding my two cents about what a wonderful device this was.

Because you chose to do this, I can only assume one of two things: either you are an blithering idiot, with no compassion for any of the women who have been harmed by this device, or you are a RAT for one of the pharmaceutical giants. I strongly suspect the latter.

I too followed my doctor’s orders, however, my problem took four years to present itself. This is a dangerous device and tissues intertwine through it making it dangerous to have dissected out when problems do arise. I know people who have had seven surgeries thus far, and all of this crap is not out of them. I have had one surgery thus far, but I hurt every day in my lower abdomen, and I suspect another surgery is in my near future. My sex life with my husband of 26 years was always quite active; now it is almost nil because of the pain and the scar tissue.

By virtue of your post, and where you chose to post it, one can only assume that you are a despicable human being. For that, I would have trouble feeling compassion toward you if/when you do begin to have problems, and that is only assuming you ever had it done in the first place, which I highly doubt. Rats, who work for these companies are good at pushing this product on unsuspecting women, but I can assure you I will be here to address you or any other suspected rat, and I will blast what you have to say about what a great device this is clean out of the water.

You disgust me!
Dawn wrote:
I had the tvt bladder lift and vaginal reconstruction in 2006 and I feel great from it. It took about 6 full weeks to recover and after that I have had no problems form the surgery what so ever. I listened to my Doctor and did exactly as instructed and have suffered no pain and no problems from the procedure. I had the surgery at ST. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton California and would definately do it again.

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