Read what our patients have to say...
June 4, 2012
Close to a hundred of our patients took the time to write to the FDA to have their voices heard in a recent committee meeting concerning the use of mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. We would like to share excerpts of those letters.
It has been a year now and it has been a God Send for me to have had this mesh surgery as, I have got my life back! I don’t have to worry anymore about wetting myself when I hurry along my way, or having bowel incontinence when I’m out and about. When I sit down, I no longer sit on my uterine bulge and have that discomfort and pain, like “after labor pains” from having a baby! It’s no there anymore, none of it!!! I’m free now to jump jog and run with nothing coming out of me!!! My sex life is better too! My quality of life have been completely turned around from feeling like an old woman and my life was falling apart to I’m free to be me, and I’m young again even at the age of 51! ~ L.B., PA
Since my surgery I have recommended the mesh procedure to at least six women. One woman, ten years younger than me, (I will be 65 in March) who works in my office has a prolapse procedure done before mine (not mesh) and was not able to urinate. She returned to work with a catheter in her for weeks, until the second surgery could be scheduled. After two surgeries, she is still experiencing problems and fears seeing another Doctor to correct it. I went on line and read the complete “Update on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, issued July 13, 2011. I am sure as with all surgeries, there have been problems, but please do not paint all surgeons with the same brush. Dr Lucente’s surgery improved the quality of my life; I will shout that from the roof tops. Please review the effectiveness and safety of transvaginal mesh surgery before making any hasty decisions. ~ K.C., MD
I have very little discomfort following the surgery. I immediately notice that the constant pressure and bulging I had experienced previously were gone. I no longer need to use force to empty my bladder or when having a bowel movement. The embarrassing accidents when coughing, sneezing, or laughing are gone. And for the first time in years I am able to sleep through the night without getting up 3 or 4 times to urinate. Dr Lucente did an excellent job and I am so happy I had the surgery. It certainly improved the quality of my life. I would definitely recommend trans-vaginal mesh to other women who need surgery for prolapse. ~ F.J., PA
I very strongly dispute the FDA claim that “there is no evidence that transvaginal repair with mesh provides any added benefits compare to traditional surgery without mesh.” I can say without doubt, the mesh surgery is superior to the non-mesh procedure. Both my non-mesh surgeries required three to four day hospital stays and 12 weeks of post-op recovery. Both surgeries were miserable failures. My mesh surgery requires a 21-hour hospital Stay and six weeks of post-op recovery. It has been a remarkable success without any complications. ~ H.K., PA
We often get letters from our patients and would like to share a few of their comments.
I did not have any other uterine prolapse repair surgery prior to the mesh surgery and do Dr Lucente took the time to sit down with me and explained exactly what he would be doing by sketching it all out for me on the pamphlet. I was highly impressed with his knowledge and it was a great experience to have met him. I trusted him completely. He explained all my options and I decided to go for the mesh procedure for my uterine prolapse problem. ~ L.B., PA
Then my friend, who is a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, acquired Dr Lucente’s name from someone at work, saying he is the “Best Urogynecologist” in the area and that his reputation is very well know. When my husband and I first met with Dr Lucente, we could certainly understand the reason for his outstanding reviews. He is very passionate about his work and very thorough in his explanation of the procedure. He took the time to explain exactly what it is he does with and even showed us a sample of the hammock-type mesh he would be inserting and explained to us how it would adhere to the pelvic bone. Knowing he felt very comfortable with the transvaginal route after having done hundreds of surgeries, my husband and I also felt convinced that this was the best way to go. ~ R.P., PA
I feel very fortunate that Dr Lucente performed my surgery. His expertise and passion for what he does is evident in the way he talked to me about my surgery and gave me a variety of options to consider. ~ W.R., PA
It had been three years since Dr Lucente corrected the problems from my first two surgeries. He got me my life back! I was so emotionally drained from the year of internal pain in such an important part of my body. When I was explaining how debilitating this experience had been for me, one of the nurses who treated me said, “Your vagina is like your second heart.” It really put into perspective for me why pain in this area can cause depression and heartache. If I had to go the rest of my life with the constant pain and discomfort, I do not know what I would have done. I am able to do everything physically that I was able to do prior to my organ prolapse. My husband and I are avid skiers, hikers, tandem bike riders, and we enjoy canoeing. Our sex life is what it had always been before the year of having to avoid sex based on painful intercourse. If only I had gone to Dr Lucente for the first surgery, I know I would still have my cervix. ~ D.P., NY
My Original surgery was in February of 2008 and I had a "native tissue repair". Within three months of surgery my bladder was proturding again. I was given a vaginal pessary which I used for three years. Using a pessary is a very unpleasant experience and I would NOT recommend using a pessary nor would I recommend the first specialist that did my first surgery. I felt like I didn't have any choice but to live in pain and with a pessary that is, until I saw a program on our local TV. I made an appointment with Dr Lucente and he recommended the transvaginal mesh and explained how it would work and how it would improve my quality of life. I was not looking forward to having another surgery but something needed to be done so I could regain my quality of life. My second surgery with Dr Lucente took place November 2011. My recovery time was shorter and I noticed a big improvement right away. I had my last check up in November 2012 and I have NOT has any complications or problems since my surgery. I feel like a normal person again. I don't have any more pain, backaches, the hassle of a pessary. I can travel, go to events and enjoy my family again and not have to worry about getting to or finding a restroom. I don't even have to go as often as I did, as a matter of fact, I only use the restroom once or twice a day. I can enjoy all the activities I did before my bladder prolapse occurred including being intimate with my husband. So I would say my surgery was a success and I'm more that thrilled. I would highly recommend transvaginal mesh to other women who need surgery for prolapse. ~B.C., PA
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