Mesh Surgery Leaves Women Debilitated, Distraught, and Living in Pain
Mesh surgeries for leaking and pelvic organ prolapse have been at the forefront of the media for several years. Watch late-night TV in America and you see that there are many class-action lawsuits occurring here in America as well as in Australia.
More media attention has risen because several hundred Australian women decided to stand up for their rights and say, “hell no, we won’t take it anymore!” and brought a class action suit to these “mesh doctors.”
“Pelvic Mesh Patients Told To Deal With Sexual Dysfunction By Having Anal Sex,” by Gina Rushton (1) and “Pelvic Mesh Victims Disgusted At Suggestion Of Anal Sex As Solution,” (2) by Christopher Knaus, both covered the mesh surgery injustice in their articles. These articles are extraordinary and bring awareness to a women’s health topic that is often ignored or overlooked.
After reading these articles I was outraged and disgusted.
I became even more determined to set the record straight from the perspective of a pelvic healer. Many of these women in the Australian class action lawsuit, as a result of these mesh surgeries, suffered from sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain.
I am alarmed and appalled that any doctor would ever recommend having anal sex as a solution for pelvic floor dysfunction created by the surgeries they performed. What makes it even more disgusting to me as a medical professional is that these doctors thought it appropriate to speak to these women in such a disrespectful manner.
Why didn’t these doctors recommend pelvic therapy first?
As a pelvic floor expert, I know that leaking and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can be rehabilitated with a pelvic floor self-care program. Pelvic floor exercises don’t have a hefty price tag nor do they carry life-threatening complications.
Pelvic floor exercises and an excellent self-care program enhance life and restore function, while mesh surgeries destroy women’s lives.
Pelvic floor exercises work when all other treatments have failed. I’ve treated over 15,000 women and time and time again when women are taught what to do, they heal themselves and regain their vitality and pelvic health.
A pelvic floor self-care program that includes Kegels and Reverse Kegels should be a part of every woman’s self-care and must be recommended before any mesh surgery or any other surgery for female conditions. Many times the pelvic floor is the “missing link” that can give women their lives back and restore them to full function. Click here to join my FREE masterclass and learn how to heal yourself.
I treat many post-mesh surgery disasters. After these surgeries, women’s lives are destroyed. They experience new symptoms on top of the original symptoms of prolapse, pelvic pain, incontinence, and or pelvic pressure.
The one question that I ask my patients is, “why didn’t you come to me before you got the surgery?” Many times, the women tell me that the surgeries were presented to them as quick fixes with little or no consequences.
It is heartbreaking to hear that the patients were never told by their doctors that the surgery could have serious complications. Furthermore, I women tell me that they didn’t know that pelvic floor exercises existed for leaking or Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Another question that needs to be addressed is, “why are doctors still in the dark and why don’t they recommend pelvic floor self-care?” Many of the women that I treat and are part of my exclusive community tell me they are angry at their doctors for their lack of transparency and for not telling them that there was a more holistic, integrative, and natural treatment for leaking and pelvic organ prolapse. Some women have said that the mesh surgeries were presented in a matter-of-fact kind of way and that the complications were not fully explained to them.
Mesh surgeries can carry serious complications such as mesh erosion, infection, sexual pain, organ perforation, urinary problems, as well as psychological and spiritual pain. Most of the time, repeated surgeries are required. (3,4,5,6,7,8,9) The FDA has sounded the alarm bell about these procedures for years, and yet, they were still widely used on unsuspecting women. (10)
Many of these physical complications require additional surgeries to fix, but the scars on our souls and on our lives are not so easy to fix.
So this is a vicious circle of madness, many times with no end in sight, and at the end, women are left suffering, debilitated, and fending for themselves.
If you’re currently suffering from any pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, leaking, or pelvic organ prolapse, please come to my free masterclass, Total Fem Secrets Masterclass. During this free class, I will teach you everything you need to know to heal yourself. Please, do not let a doctor talk you into having surgery — let me show you how to care for yourself and your “Down There” muscles.
Recommending anal sex as a solution shows how out of touch doctors are when it comes to women’s health issues, and it shows how very misogynistic the medical system is.
The women in the Australian class action lawsuit were told to have anal sex as a solution for their sexual dysfunction, which was a direct result of the mesh surgeries. Really? Anal sex? That’s the best these doctors could come up with? I find this recommendation of anal sex made by these “doctors” short-sighted, disgraceful, and disrespectful.
Imagine what your response would be when you ask a doctor whom you trust, what you should do, because sex is painful, and their response is, “have anal sex.” Unbelievable!
Women who undergo these surgeries are often misled and not properly informed of the consequences of these mesh surgeries. These surgeries are often presented as a quick fix and many women innocently fall prey to this type of recommendation. Where is the informed consent? Where is the honesty?
Alarming statistics regarding mesh surgery
Health Issues Centre (HIC) a healthcare consumer advocacy group in Australia surveyed a group of mesh surgery patients to determine how women were adversely affected by the surgeries. (11)
The surveys revealed 1500 women had the mesh surgery, and another 300 didn’t know if they had the surgery. Their findings are shocking and have thus far revealed the following:
- 59% of women said that the procedure did not resolve their original issue.
- 35% of women felt that they were not fully informed before the procedure.
- 23% of women suffered additional, more severe symptoms.
- 32% of the women said they felt they had debilitating symptoms.
- 12% of women stated they had unendurable symptoms
- 25% of women had personal relationships break down.
- 39% of women were told by their doctors there was nothing they could do about it.
This survey has given Australian women the vehicle by which to express themselves fully, and has led to wide-reaching reforms in the country for mesh implant surgeries.
Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that the women won their class-action lawsuit, and Johnson & Johnson lost their appeal as well. (12)
These types of findings can be found among American women as well. Our own FDA has made this position on mesh surgeries:
- The FDA states that in most cases POP can be treated successfully without surgery.
- The FDA has also ordered all manufacturing of mesh devices to stop (13)
If you have had a mesh surgery, and have experienced any complications whatsoever, please visit https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm and report your experience.
Pelvic floor self-care should be the first course of action and recommended to all women by all MDs before any mesh, prolapse or other female surgery is even considered as a treatment.
I firmly believe that pelvic floor self-care is the missing link and should be a part of all women’s healthcare. I also think that most women can do this for themselves in the privacy of their own homes with some expert guidance, and I am here to provide this guidance to you.
We matter. Women’s lives matter. Mesh Doctors you took a Hippocratic oath to first do no harm, and it is your duty to bring back integrity to the field of women’s health and put your patients first now and always. Lives before profits!
There’s an easier, more natural way to heal leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain — and thousands of women have already healed themselves naturally using my programs. NOW it’s your turn.
Join me on DATE for a completely free masterclass, Total Fem Secrets, 5 Easy Steps to A Strong, Leak & Pain Free Pelvic Floor… Without A Single Doctor’s Visit, where I’ll teach you exactly how to heal yourself the same way over 15,000+ of my clients have.
- “Pelvic Mesh Patients Told To Deal With Sexual Dysfunction By ….” 27 Aug. 2017, https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/pelvic-mesh-patients-told-to-deal-with-sexual-dysfunction.
- “Pelvic Mesh Victims Disgusted at Suggestion…” 28 Aug. 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/28/pelvic-mesh-victims-disgusted-at-suggestion-of-sodomy-as-solution
- “Management of Mesh Complications after SUI and POP Repair.” https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/831285/.
- “Management of Mesh and Graft Complications in Gynecologic Surgery.” https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2017/04/management-of-mesh-and-graft-complications-in-gynecologic-surgery.
- “Management of mesh complications following surgery for stress ….” 21 Sep. 2019, https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1471-0528.15958.
- “Transvaginal Mesh Complications: Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Drugwatch.” https://www.drugwatch.com/transvaginal-mesh/complications-and-problems/.
- “Mesh complications: best practice in diagnosis and treatment.” 23 Jul. 2020, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1756287220942993.
- “Mesh complications in female pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and ….” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3424888/.
- “Complications related to use of mesh implants in surgical treatment ….” 13 Feb. 2019, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30759272/.
- “Use and risks of surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse … – The BMJ.” https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2685.
- “Transvaginal Mesh Implants – Health Issues Centre.” 10 Jul. 2020, https://hic.org.au/transvaginal-mesh-implants/.
- “Australian court dismisses J&J’s appeal in pelvic mesh class action.” 5 Mar. 2021, https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/australian-court-jj-pelvic-mesh/.
- “Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants | FDA – US Food and Drug ….” 16 Aug. 2021, https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/implants-and-prosthetics/urogynecologic-surgical-mesh-implants.