Tuesday, 2 April 2019

An intimate horror

There are many invisible illnesses. None quite as intimate as Vaginal Mesh Injury.

The use of mesh was banned last year following increasing numbers of reports about debilitating effects felt after its use.

https://news.sky.com/story/vaginal-mesh-surgery-suspended-in-england-over-risk-of-life-threatening-injuries-11431613

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c7z4n8xjz27t/mesh-implants

Don't know what it is? Put VERY simply it's a super fine mesh that is basically used as a patch to cover a weakened area / hole in tissue that is allowing a prolapse to occur.

Great idea in theory but sadly for some it's a life changing horror.
Why? Because even if the body rejects it by its very nature the bodies own tissue knits into it making it impossible to remove without further damage to the affected area.

Frequently reported complications from transvaginal mesh include chronic pain, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, urinary problems, and exposure of the mesh through the vagina. This mesh in some cases can gradually dislodge from the vaginal wall and move into surrounding tissues and organs.

It was a small triumph when it's use was banned in England because this meant that more people would not suffer the same fate. Today however we see it reported that NICE guidelines are allowing it's use once again albeit under strict specifications.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47735253

Similar meshes are used for rectal prolapse as well as hernia repair so men are also at risk too.

The onus is on us, the potential patient, to research fully and to reject this as a treatment option.
Please please share this with your loved ones. We need to shout very loud about this.
Sending very gentle hugs to all you warriors out there ❤️❤️❤️❤️
#invisibilityhurts 

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