If you want to know the impact of mesh, ask the patients! That is exactly what we plan to do. The poll is for those who have a mesh device implanted to treat incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Doctors of mesh patients can also share this poll. Together, we will learn the true efficacy from a patient perspective.
There are many surgeons and specialists that advocate its use, and many who say that mesh should not be implanted in the human body. Multiple studies have been undertaken to assess its efficacy, however, mesh manufacturers typically fund these studies resulting in conflicts of interest. Consequently, it is difficult to trust the conclusion of these studies.
There are numerous associations and support groups that provide information on female pelvic health, but many of these are also funded by mesh manufacturers. They push out information on the efficacy of mesh and push the argument that “women need choice”. At The Flower Empowered, we also believe that women need choice, but we do not believe that choice should be at the cost of their health.
If we ask ourselves what choice actually means, you would expect that it would include multiple treatment options, right? Unfortunately, since mesh was pushed onto the market in 1996, many surgeons did not receive training in other surgical options. Pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and surgeons make a greater profit from the use of mesh than from the other “options” so choice in surgery is often limited.
Some groups forbid women to share negative feedback on their experience with mesh labelling it as “mesh bashing”. We believe that your experience with mesh, whether it is positive or negative, is relevant. Your voice actually does matter! Therefore, we have decided to undertake an independent poll to gain a clear picture on the efficacy of mesh pelvic repairs from the patients perspective.
If you’ve had the device implanted to treat incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, please add your voice to this poll. Doctors who have preformed these surgeries, please feel free to share this poll with your patients. We want all of the feedback whether positive or negative. All mesh voices welcome!