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Choosing the Right Surgeon

Dated 30 May 2011

There is a difference between qualified and experienced qualified surgeons

Over the years it has been extremely difficult to find surgeons who are experts in synthetic surgical polypropylene mesh (PPM), TransVaginal Tension Free Tape (TVT )and mesh related complications. I often get asked "where can I find an expert surgeon?"

I just want to say at this point when a surgeon says they are qualified to do these TVT's or any kind of mesh surgery do not listen to them. Are you wondering why? because there is a significant difference between 'qualified' and an 'experienced qualified surgeon'.

There is a webpage on our website - 'Recommended Surgeons' - All these surgeons have come highly recommended by World Leading Authorities on Synthetic Surgical Polypropylene Mesh and other Meshes both for implantation and mesh related complications they are Professor Zimmern in Dallas and Dr Raz in the USA. I contacted Professor Zimmern years ago as I was desperate to find someone to help me here in the UK he then very kindly replied and gave me the details of all the recommended experienced surgeons we have today. Please click here for more information: mesh-complications-recommended-surgeons.html >>>

Plus over the years from receiving many enquiries on where to find help on synthetic surgical polypropylene mesh complications ie: mesh erosion we are now finding more surgeons through recommends from our own support group testimonials.

Another question I get asked is "why are some of these same surgeons still putting in TVT's?" well I look at this way, isn't it good to find an expert consultant who understands TVT's and the problems surrounding meshes rather than a surgeon who says he is qualified but not experienced to perform such a procedure? I for one would rather have an experienced surgeon who knows what he/she is doing to give me the correct treatment.

Unfortunately we have to accept we are still being experimented on with mesh problems and I have to add at this point the medical world call us 'complex' tvt-complexity.html >>> due to each individual medical history, it really depends on the length of time you have had the mesh in, the longer the mesh is in the more complex it becomesto get the mesh out. Do you really want an 'inexperienced' surgeon to take your mesh out that has been in for years?! this procedure is a very complicated and serious operation and you definately need an 'expert' to get the mesh out.

I cannot repeat this enough - please find an expert surgeon and never allow anyone who has never done this type of surgery before touch you because unfortunately guess work is causing more problems!. Do your research and go armed with plenty of questions.

You will find most surgeons are still using the TVT's in the UK and as you can imagine I find it very disturbing they still continue to use them. I am on the understanding it is the 'hierarchy' who have a lot to answer for as I feel the surgeons are forced to use these medical devices, it's like having a boss and you are the worker being told what to do, in fact there are many reasons why they still use them especially if you consider 'egos', loosing their job and fear of reputations etc. The day is coming when it will all be exposed.

I like to say it is little steps at a time flowing through every single day and 'they' who are the medical world including the manufacturers of these products all know eventually there has to be some sort of a compromise to stop further implantation of surgical synthetic mesh and go back to using the conventional method of treatment or at best to offer their patients alternative treatments. Most of the time you do not need surgical intervention.

I have heard there are approx 30 different mesh kits flooding the market, unbelievable the medical world has allowed Medical Marketing to overtake Medical Science. No wonder they call us 'complex'.

You will see and hear from people who decided not to go ahead with surgery after reading our website. They have been saved from harm!

For more information on our petition please visit here www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/petitions.html >>>

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