Chronic pain. Inability to work. Being brushed off by doctors. High medical bills. Broken relationships. Multiple surgeries. Feeling helpless and alone. Is it any wonder that women who have transvaginal mesh (TVM) complications struggle with depression? This is a very real battle for women worldwide who were never told of the potential long term adverse effects associated with TVM. Here are some interesting findings from a new study and ways to cope with depression and TVM complications.

Vaginal Mesh Complications and the Link to Depression
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New Study Linking TVM Complications and Depression

A recent study was conducted in Canada which involved 60,000 women in their 20s to 80s who had TVM implanted between 2004 and 2015. From this group, nearly 1,586 of these women underwent surgical revisions. It was found that 11 percent of those who had to have additional surgeries had to be treated for depression and almost three per cent had engaged in “some form of self-harm behavior, such as attempted suicide, that led to an emergency department visit or admission to a psychiatric hospital,” reports The Star.

“The big challenge with these complications is that in some cases they can be very hard to correct completely,”explained lead researcher Dr. Blayne Welk, a urologist at Western University who specializes in incontinence surgery. “And then the second thing is there’s an element of decisional regret for a lot of women who have these procedures done. I’ve seen a lot of patients referred with complications and a lot of them, they were quite emotional about it and described a long journey trying to find someone to evaluate them and help them with the complications.”

Managing TVM Complications and Depression

If you’ve had mesh complications, then this study’s findings are probably obvious to you. You’ve experienced the exhaustion that comes from chronic pain, the frustration of not finding the answers you’re looking for, the heartbreak that results from broken relationships, and the financial strain that medical bills and not being able to work has caused. Here are some resources that you may want to look into to help address these issues.

  • Join a community of others who are experiencing what you are. Link on Mesh and Other Problem Medical Devices is a great group on Facebook led by Noreen Trenholm Wideman. Noreen is constantly researching news from around the world about this topic and posting it on this site. You can also ask questions to see if others are experiencing the same issues that you are and how they are coping with pain, multiple surgeries, less than compassionate doctors, and more. You are not alone!
  • Talk to you doctor and create a list of resources before your depression gets worse. Your doctor may be able to recommend therapy groups or direct you to other resources available by your healthcare provider. Also, inform the people closest to you about how you’re feeling and make yourself accountable to them. They can be on the lookout for signs of emotionally withdrawal and can offer support during dark times. Having this in place before a crash will help you to get through the hardest moments.
  • Consider filing a claim against the mesh company. You didn’t do anything wrong. You trusted your doctor and you trusted the mesh company to help you with a medical problem, and you probably weren’t told of the potential for mesh migration, erosion, tissue damage, and more. Now you may have medical bills that are piling up and you may not be able to work. Please call Periscope Group today to see if we can help you. We’ve talked to hundreds of women who are struggling with vaginal mesh complications and we believe that this is truly a crime against women. Contact us at (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.


“Failed vaginal mesh implants for stress incontinence boost depression risk, study says”. The Star. Accessed February 19, 2019.