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Mesh removal?  Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery? Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

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Unread 08-05-2011, 02:17 PM
Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

Hello all who had mesh removed

It looks as if I will have mesh removed It is TVT Ethicon ribbon polyester. Put in 5 1/2 years ago.

I need advice from anyone who has this procedure done.

The surgeon said she takes out as much as possible in the surgery and it is one hour. Mine is supporting just the urether,

Does this sound like anything anyone had and what is recovery?

Why can't they just put in the piece that is protruding in vagina and sew it up????????????????

I have a pelvic MRI this week which should tell more
Any advice appreciated

She also did an instillation to help bladder. It worked. I have less pain there and hope I do not have to have another, but RN told me some women come in every 2 weeks for instillations.

Nervous about surgery
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Unread 08-07-2011, 08:12 AM
Re: Mesh removal?

Hi gina,
I have the mesh also, put in 2009 some of it removed in 2010 and looking at another surgery to have more removed. I had the mesh put in because of my bladder prolapse. It was protruding in vagina and now the mesh is eroding.
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Unread 08-07-2011, 09:11 AM
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Thanks!
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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:13 AM
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The surgery I had for partial removal of mesh in 8/2010 the recovery was about 3 to 4 weeks. I begged my DR to let me go back light duty at 4 weeks. I have an appointment this wednesday to see how much farther the erosion has gone. Daily pain, bloody discharge. I am way over all of this. Will update you on wednesday. Let me know how your's goes as well. Good Luck!
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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:31 AM
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Thank you for your response. I see I will not be babysitting in September. i was afraid of that. I have a small ribbon polyester and am hoping the recovery will be shorter.
I hate not driving.
I guess I will have to hire a CNA the first week because they do not keep you in the hospital anymore.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:34 AM
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Good luck on Wednesday My MD thinks she can get most of it inone surgery. I sure hope so
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Unread 08-09-2011, 01:43 AM
Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

I am also going through the TVT mesh nightmare...and I beg anyone going to get it taken out to do your research first!! Women have been mangled up, damaged, and have died from the complications of this mesh and from getting it taken out. There is only a handful of docs that really know what they are doing in there.
I had mine put in Feb.2011, its first erosion was March 27, he stated to me that he took it all out..in 15 minutes?? NOT hardly. Second erosion July 7, this time he began YANKING the mesh out of my vaginal mucosa..NO lidocaine, no mercy and no apologies!! I have seen 3 specialist, one at Cleveland Clinic, where I was told with out any scans that the mesh shouldn't cause me any more grief...Last night..a 3rd erosion!
I am presently seeking the advice of one of the few docs nationwide that knows how to take this mesh out in Dallas TX, I live in Ohio..a long trip but I know of too many women that have suffered under then hands of surgeons that have no clue of what they are doing!
Things not understood about the TVT is
1. the bodies tissue grows into the mesh it is PERMANENT..much like putting a window screen down in the grass in the spring then returning to take it out in the fall..the grass grows in and impossible to get out fully and with out harm.
2. It is SHARP...much like the sharpness of a fiberglass screen, everytime you move it is cutting and gashing away.
3. It migrates..every time they take some mesh out..the remainder can and will migrate. Stories of this mesh migrating an attaching itself to organs and even the spine are NOT uncommon.
4. it is a toxin!
Has no one realized that women have DIED from not only the complications but the removal of it.

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Originally Posted by gina1 View Post
I have to havethe mesh out and wonder what is the recovery time The Uro GYN said the surgery is onehour and I would be up that night
If he states an hour for your surgery then he is going to only cut some away. The average for a removal is at least 6 hours.
The TVT-O (gyno-care from johnson and johnson/ethicon) needs the assistance of an ortho surgeon, and can cripple a woman if not done right.
Just please be careful, ask a ton of questions and read read read all you can before having the surgery!
I have LOADS of documentation and information for anyone wanting to learn more..
Teresa

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Originally Posted by gina1 View Post
Why can't they just put in the piece that is protruding in vagina and sew it up????????????????
The Mesh itself is actually rather sharp. equivalent to the screens in your windows...they do occasionally fold vaginal mucosa over the erosion. However, because it is sharp it will erode again, again and yes again. I am dealing with my 3rd erosion.

I wish you all well..TVT mesh removal is not a simple surgery...it is a journey. Bless you all.
Teresa
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Unread 08-09-2011, 05:30 AM
Re: Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

Is there anyone who gas had it successfully removed after only one surgery
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Unread 08-09-2011, 05:31 AM
Re: Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

The Uro Gyn told me she would not be able to remove it all and that I read is because someis near the nerves She used the word excise to explain removal.

She was not positive above rmeoving it until she examined me and said more is coming out.

I am very worried aboutthis surgery I am having a pelvic MRi tomorrow and hope that will tell more.
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Unread 08-09-2011, 07:53 AM
Re: Mesh removal? Update--saw urologist, how long is surgery?

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Originally Posted by gina1 View Post
Is there anyone who gas had it successfully removed after only one surgery
The answer to that is iffy...It is depending on the TVT that is inserted and how long it has been in..there is one that looks like a pad with 4 arms sticking out to " anchor" it in..that one takes several surgeries and can cripple a woman. unfortunately for me that is the one I have, and I have a chemical reaction to it causing fevers, pain and other delights
Generally surgeons remove bits and pieces that are eroding, cutting back from the vaginal wall, urethra, bladder, colon, and intestines. the last 2 being the most dangerous.
One woman had it excised from her spine as when the doc cut away some mesh from her colon the left over mesh migrated and planted itself on the spine. She is now unable to walk.
The one thing to remember, this faulty TVT was intended to stay in the body. Again, using the window screen scenario is the best way to describe how it becomes part of the body. Our fat, muscle, and tissue grow in and through the mesh making taking it out VERY difficult!
From my own research the most surgeries that I have heard of is 26. Those surgeries though were also fixing a ton of damage made by the mesh and surgeons that were clueless as to what they were doing.
Anyone having it taken out be sure to ask questions:
How much is coming out?
where is it coming out of?
Will it migrate?
Ask about scar tissue. One lady had so many complications that by the time she got done her vagina was only 1" deep!
Read read read! it's your bodies my friends you have to protect it.
Blessings,
Teresa
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