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Risks of Mesh Implants for Bladder Control
Wanda, 43, had a hysterectomy seven years ago to eliminate painful menstrual cycles. At the same time, she had transvaginal mesh inserted below her bladder to correct the incontinence she had been experiencing since she gave birth to two boys more than 20 years ago. Since the surgery, Wanda says she has been experiencing a stabbing pain in her bladder that makes it difficult for her to stand up and walk.
“It’s so bad now that you don’t care whether you live or die,” she says. “I want so bad for this mesh just to be removed. I want my life back. I want the pain to quit.”
Pelvic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Robert Moore says that the mesh sling is designed to give the bladder support in women who have had a large prolapse or recurrent prolapse. He explains that the mesh is attached to the pelvic sidewall muscles and supports the bladder.
“It works very well in many, many women,” he says.
But, he says, if the mesh heals too tight or contracts, it can pull on the muscles and cause pain or bladder obstruction.
Mouth Guard Cure for Back Pain?
While working in New York, Mindy stepped into an elevator and heard something fall on top. Then, the elevator started to free fall. The emergency brakes jolted the elevator several times during the fall. The elevator eventually stopped, and was pulled to a landing, where Mindy could get out. Since the accident more than 10 years ago, Mindy has suffered from chronic, debilitating pain in her jaw, neck and back, as well as paralysis of the stomach.
"I wasn't getting better, and I had no quality of life," Mindy says.
After doing some research online, Mindy went to see Dr. Sid Solomon, a neuromuscular dentist.
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Skull-Expansion Surgery to Save Girl's Life
Unlike most babies who have a soft spot in their skull so their brains can grow and develop, Layla was born with Apert syndrome, a genetic disorder that caused her skull to be prematurely fused together. She had her first skull reconstruction surgery when she was 24 days old to break the skull and remodel her forehead.
"If the skull can't grow, the brain can't grow inside of it, and if the brain can't grow, she can't develop," says pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.