Posted by: marie | 2017/11/23


bladder slings in south africa

I want to ask why do they call these tvt 's slings if it is actually a mesh implant which they done vaginally,these mesh is eroding into your tissue and creates endless complications which we were not been told or advised before, now it seems that no dr wants to reconise mesh is the problem or they are not trained to remove it? But they can easily insert it with its risks and all

Expert's Reply


Incontinence Expert
- 2017/11/28

Dear Marie

The reason for it being called a sling, is because it works like a hammock, providing support to the urethra. The mesh has holes in it by design, so that tissue can grow through the holes and fix it in place.
Erosion is a recognised complication, which can happen.
You are correct, patients should be informed of the risks, prior to undergoing surgery. When we make decisions, we look at the benefits and the risks, and if the benefits outweigh the risks, we would proceed.
Kind regards
Prenevin Govender

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2017/11/29

What if no risks or benefits were discussed? So the only option now is a revision surgery which we do not actually have that kind of drs in South Africa who can assist as they are scares

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2017/11/28

Tvt slings are made of mesh, i am sure that drs did know and are aware of all the risks and complications but they all kept silent, and no drs are prepared to help to remove it all they say "it cant come out" which is unfair towards us

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