Canadian Marika English was in so much pain from a bladder sling device to correct urinary incontinence that she paid $30,000 for a doctor in California to remove it.
“If this was available in Canada, why would we be paying our own money, borrowing money, putting our families and ourselves in financial jeopardy,” she told News Talk 650. English, along with two other Canadian women, have launched a new website – www.TransvaginalMesh.ca – designed to raise awareness about problems associated with bladder slings, also known as vaginal mesh or transvaginal mesh.
“I want to make sure that other women didn’t go through the surgery (to implant transvaginal mesh) without knowing all the risks, the real risks,” said Stephanie Brad, one of English’s partners on the website.
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is implanted vaginally to shore up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed, due to age, obesity or childbirth.
However, since the mesh was introduced, thousands of women have experienced complications. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada have issued warnings that the mesh can cause serious complications, including mesh erosions, obstruction of the urethra, chronic urinary tract infections, injuries to the bowel or bladder, massive hemorrhage, pain, scarring, sexual dysfunction and disfigurement to the vulva and vagina. In some cases, women have died due to complications with the mesh. Many women have had to undergo repeated surgeries to have the mesh removed, and some have yet to experience complete recovery.
Many women have hired attorneys in hopes of being compensated for their pain and suffering. Others, like English and Brad, have launched public awareness campaigns. More and more women who thought their injuries were unique have come forward thanks in part to the new site. The women said they are considering holding a rally in Canada for victims of transvaginal mesh.
Source: News Talk CKOM