would like to know if anyone out there has had any complications with the monarc sling/transvaginal mesh surgery? i am 56 yrs old, healthy, never had surgery til i had a hysterectomy followed by a bladder suspesion surgery last aug....did not have any leaking from bladder...all possible test were run...everything was fine...had prolapse uterus/bladder. the surgery went well & 8 wks/plus recoop went well...followed both the gynecologist & urologist order to a T....at about 6 months into recovery started having spotting/scratching feeling...went for 6 month ck up ..was told that everything looked good & that i had lots of stiches still inside...
bleeding/spotting & discharge continued for next 5 months...went to primary care dr had blood wrk done/urine cked..the dr said the urine test showed up questionable...maybe i did not get a clean sample...ok....discharge worse with more activity...went last monday to my gynocologist with these symptoms...she examed me & said i see the problem...crystals..."you need to go see the urologist"..."no let me go call him & find out exactly where he put the mesh/etc"...she came back & did a procedure...not sure if it was a cream or spray...to burn the crystals that supposidly was on some tissue...i'm thinking on the mesh...not sure....lordy....i get home & start pulling up the FDA's report...one month prior to my surgery last august...warning of using the mesh...etc...etc...
anyhow...i am on a high dosage of cipro til next appt/monday july 2nd....& will go back & have another exam...do not know if that will lead to me seeing urologist....i am really thinking i should not have had this procedure done...i should have just had the hysterectomy...& then talked with a urologist about a bladder suspension if needed...i am not having a good feeling about this after reading all the info that i have read....2 months from my 1 yr anniversary of surgery...i should be better...if not well...not worse....bleeding, discharge...back/muscle pain...tired...etc....i do not want to go to another dr & they tell me i'm tired because i'm getting older when that's not the reason....i told my husband 6 months ago before i had read any of the stuff that i have read that i would compare the feeling i was having to when you have a splinter in your finger & you need to get it out! But Worse! i hope i have not been to winded with this but i wanted to get my story out & any help if i can...thank you!
So sorry for delay in response, out of town taking care of a parent's health situation.
I assume the urologist did the repair, was he/she a pelvic floor specialist? This is not "age" related, I suggest you see a urogynecologist to have situation evaluated. When utilized by a fellowship trained pelvic floor specialist, transvaginal mesh is a very beneficial procedure (I've had it done). Unfortunately many drs who are not specialty trained have attempted it and that is where most of the complications come from.
I would not jump to conclusions about mesh in your case but I do recommend you be examined by a urogyn who utilizes mesh. At 6 months you should have been feeling pretty balanced; a concern that you had the symptoms at that point. If mesh migrates through tissue it is visible to physicians when they examine you-a urogyn will be able to tell you if your mesh was placed properly or not and will give you options for what you can do to heal.
I'll be out of town through Friday-checking site sporadically so if you send more questions it may be a bit b/4 I can answer.
oh, thank you for the info....i am just usually such a healthy person & have been so frustrated about this situation...i ask a question & instead of getting an answer...i'm ask a question...(i had an appt with the ob/gyn mon july 2nd & ask her about the bladder buldging/etc...her answer: well, is it bothering you?) i'm thinking if she did not know, suggest that i see the urologist that did the surgery....i had those crystals burnt (not really burned...i think they just put that medicine/etc to stop bleeding/etc)..i ask the nurse if that was on the mesh or stiches...she said mesh. when i ask the gyn, she really did not say...just tried explaining using a poster which seemed really awkward...maybe like she did not want to say...OR maybe she didn't know. i just thought it was kinda strange since the monday before when she examined md she was ready to send me to the urologist, but instead made a phone call to him asking about the mesh & then came back did the procedure ...gave me a rx for cipro & told me to come back this mon & if it was not better i would need to go see urologist.....when i got home yesterday, i just got on line & got my insurance book out & found a woman's center that specializes in woman's pelvic health...i have an appt with a urogyn next friday july 13th...
i am a little concerned that the mesh has migrated through the tissue, #1 because of the "crystal" formation...#2 the scratchy feeling ..#3 when i mentioned it to the gyn yesterday, she said oh yeah...i think i see/feel what you are talking about...HMMmmmm! i'm just not too incouraged about that. i hate to feel this way, but it's like soon as there was a problem, attitudes seemed to change....it makes me sad to think the 2 people that i trusted may not be giving me the info that i need...no matter what that info might be....i just don't want to wait yrs down the road & nothing can be done if need be. thank you again for your time/info in this post.
Yes, I'm a bit concerned too, the symptoms you are describing should not be there at this point. I'm so glad you have an appt with urogyn, please keep me in the loop with how appt goes.
Physicians are so paranoid to discuss mesh complications now that the FDA has put it on the front page-seldom will physicians say anything bad about each other which puts patients at risk. I'm glad you are digging into the situation instead of fluffing it off.
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