Kathy’s Story

Read Kathy’s story as she talks about the complications she has experienced since undergoing bladder sling surgery.

I was a healthy and happy mum of two teenagers but had a niggling problem of suffering life’s little leaks when I exercised.

The pain has pretty much subsided and I am off all the medication which I relied on however I will never go back to what I was.

Iwas a healthy and happy mum of two teenagers but had a niggling problem of suffering life’s little leaks when I exercised.

It wasn’t the end of the world but when I heard about a simple little 20-minute day case operation to fix it I jumped at the chance. I was told it was the gold standard treatment with minimal risks and that I would be healed within a week.

Two days after the mesh TVT bladder sling was inserted my nose started dripping. I thought nothing of it, but then leg pains intensified and with each step I became more and more scared. How on earth had I gone from a super fit mum who did high board, diving, boxing, swimming and cycling, to now struggling to potter around the house or walk my dog around the block?

The pain put me on nerve blockers and tramadol and left me with sleepless nights of regret. The leg pains were like intense toothache all down the back, it felt like somebody had punched the base of my feet and at times like my legs and ankles were being lashed with barbed wire.

I had burning pains in my groin and private parts, severe stomach acid reflux and it hurt to sit for too long. With hindsight I should have done my research because I had no idea the sling was made out of polypropylene plastic.

Seven months after it was put in, I had my mesh removed with corrective surgery in Oxford in October 2015

The pain has pretty much subsided and I am off all the medication which I relied on however I will never go back to what I was. I can now no longer put any impact on my legs so activities like running or skipping are gone forever. I also find if I overstretch my legs in activities like yoga then the leg pain returns. Kneeling down or doing squats also sets off the leg pain.

I am so determined to overcome these problems that I still go boxing but make sure I don’t bounce on my legs in any way. I swim and go on long dog walks but every day I am mindful of all my movements to make sure I do not do anything that could trigger the horrific leg pain.

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