Simply put, our foundation exists to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, AND BUILD COMMUNITY for the mesh injured and their families.
In more specific terms, we are a collection of volunteers, injured patients and injured family members. We support all those who've been harmed by the dangerous medical device called medical polypropylene mesh (Polypropylene Plastic, Class #5). The device was never tested on live humans before coming to market.
Most injuries have come from using this plastic substance to repair three very common conditions: SUI, POP and/or Hernia (see below for details). There are many organic procedures that are as effective as synthetic polypropylene mesh and have been used successfully, for many years, before the advent of the very profitable medical mesh.
GLOSSARY OF BASIC TERMINOLOGY
STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE or SUI (men and women):
Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Stress incontinence is prompted by a physical movement or activity — such as coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting — that puts pressure (stress) on your bladder. Stress incontinence is not related to psychological stress.
Stress incontinence is also different from urge incontinence, which is the unintentional loss of urine caused by the bladder muscle contracting, usually associated with a sense of urgency. Stress incontinence is much more common in women than men.
If you have stress incontinence, you may feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work and social life, especially exercise and leisure activities. With treatment, you'll likely be able to manage stress incontinence and improve your overall well-being. Make sure to ask your doctor for all available options, surgical and nonsurgical.
PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE or POP (women):
When the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman's pelvic organs weaken, the pelvic organs can slip out of place (prolapse). Pelvic organ prolapse can worsen over time, and you may need surgery to fix it. There are different types of pelvic organ prolapse. Some women develop pelvic organ prolapse after childbirth, a hysterectomy or menopause. Read more about anterior prolapse (cystocele), posterior prolapse (rectocele), uterine prolapse, and small bowel prolapse (enterocele).
Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus. The uterus then slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina.
Uterine prolapse can happen to women of any age, but it often affects postmenopausal women who've had one or more vaginal deliveries. Damage to supportive tissues during pregnancy and childbirth, effects of gravity, loss of estrogen, and repeated straining over the years all can weaken your pelvic floor and lead to uterine prolapse.
If you have mild uterine prolapse, treatment usually isn't needed. But if uterine prolapse makes you uncomfortable or disrupts your normal life, you might benefit from treatment.
A cystocele (SIS-to-seel) occurs when the supportive tissue between a woman's bladder and vaginal wall weakens and stretches, allowing the bladder to bulge into the vagina. A cystocele is also called a prolapsed bladder.
Straining the muscles that support your pelvic organs may lead to a cystocele. Such straining occurs during vaginal childbirth or with chronic constipation, violent coughing or heavy lifting. Cystoceles also tend to cause problems after menopause, when estrogen levels decrease.
For a mild or moderate cystocele, nonsurgical treatment is often effective. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to keep the vagina and other pelvic organs in their proper positions.
Rectocele (also called "Posterior Prolapse")
A posterior prolapse occurs when the thin wall of fibrous tissue (fascia) that separates the rectum from the vagina weakens, allowing the vaginal wall to bulge. Posterior prolapse is also called a rectocele (REK-toe-seel) because typically, though not always, it's the front wall of the rectum that bulges into the vagina.
Childbirth and other processes that put pressure on the fascia can lead to posterior prolapse. A small prolapse may cause no signs or symptoms. If a posterior prolapse is large, it may create a noticeable bulge of tissue through the vaginal opening. Though this bulge may be uncomfortable, it's rarely painful.
If needed, self-care measures and other nonsurgical options are often effective. In severe cases, you may need surgical repair.
Enterocele (also called "Apical Prolapse" or "Vaginal Vault Prolapse")
Small bowel prolapse, also called enterocele (EN-tur-o-seel), occurs when the small intestine (small bowel) descends into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes at the top part of the vagina, creating a bulge. The word "prolapse" means to slip or fall out of place.
In women who have had surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), small bowel prolapse is also called apical prolapse or vaginal vault prolapse and may involve the bladder or rectum as well as the small bowel.
Childbirth, aging and other processes that put pressure on the pelvic floor may weaken the muscles and ligaments that support pelvic organs, making small bowel prolapse more likely to occur.
To manage small bowel prolapse, self-care measures and other nonsurgical options are often effective. In severe cases, you may need surgical repair.
HERNIA REPAIR (men & women):
A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes on its way to connect to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia.
In most cases, a small hiatal hernia doesn't cause problems, and you may never know you have a hiatal hernia unless your doctor discovers it when checking for another condition. But a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn. Self-care measures or medications can usually relieve these symptoms, although a very large hiatal hernia sometimes requires surgery.
OTHER COMMON TYPES OF HERNIA: FEMORAL, UMBILICAL, INGUINAL
*Prolapse of a single pelvic organ or any combination of one or more pelvic organs is possible.
*Polypropylene Mesh is an FDA-Cleared (NOT FDA-APPROVED) device and is used in many surgeries. Ask your doctor before having any major surgery exactly what will be implanted, if anything, and ask for details on the implant's material makeup (plastic, copper, stainless steel, etc.).
*Source: Mayo Clinic
*This information is provided as an educational resource only and should not be construed as a replacement for professional medical advice. Consult your doctor.