Skull-Expansion Surgery

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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.

This video contains footage from a live surgical procedure. Viewer discretion is advised.

Hear Wanda's story, and
watch as Dr. Moore and pelvic reconstructive surgeon Dr. John Miklos perform a procedure to remove the mesh.  

 Dr. Moore and Dr. Miklos join The Doctors to explain the risks of transvaginal mesh implants. And, Wanda joins The Doctors via video to give an update on how she’s feeling three days after the surgery.

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.

Dr. Solomon
finds that Mindy suffers from misalignment of the teeth, or TMJ. He made an oral orthotic device designed to open her bite, bring her jaw forward, allow more oxygen into her airway and align her teeth.

Life-Changing Questions Answered

Jessica, a longtime fan of The Doctors, says she had her tubes tied after after having two children. She asks: "Is it possible, after having my tubes tied, that it affected my ovulation and my menstrual cycle?" OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains.

Jessica’s boyfriend, Bart, surprises her with a life-changing proposal.
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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.

This video contains footage from a live surgical procedure. Viewer discretion is advised
Watch as plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Larry Sargent implants distractors in Layla's head that can be turned to gradually expand her skull.

Dr. Sargent joins The Doctors to explain the cutting-edge procedure.
And, Layla and her mom, Lisa, join The Doctors via video to give an update on how she's developing.

• Visit Layla's Caring Bridge page.

Animating Machine
The Doctors demonstrate how animated videos help them easily explain how different medical conditions affect the body.

Mandy says she's been experiencing painful menstrual cycles for 14 years and has been told she might have endometriosis. Dr. Ashton explains what causes endometriosis, using a medical animation.

Bruce Blausen, who creates the medical animations for The Doctors TV show, joins Dr. Ashton and Dr. Travis on stage to explain how he became a medical illustrator.

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