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vaginal mesh is link putting a chain link fence in your vagina - ouch!

“The cure is worse than the disease."

We’ve all heard the cautionary proverb; but to someone desperate for a cure, it’s all too easy to ignore.

Sadly, that’s been the outcome of too many vaginal mesh surgery cases. It’s a popular treatment for stress urinary incontinence, among other conditions; but many of these patients have paid a heavy price. Increasingly, women are opting to have the mesh surgically removed; and some of them are further devastated to learn that one of the most common complications – pelvic pain – can persist long after the mesh is gone.

But there’s good news for those women from a group of researchers in the Lone Star state. Their findings, detailed in a recent report in the Journal Of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, suggest that pelvic floor physical therapy is effective in treating and reducing that post-surgical pain.

The concept and procedure for the original surgery are fairly simple – a synthetic mesh sling is implanted to help support the bladder and other pelvic organs – and it can be successful in treating some cases. But all too often, patients end up suffering from complications including the following:

  • Scar tissue
  • Infection
  • Mesh contraction

It all adds up to pelvic pain and painful sex.

A team at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center recruited a group of women who experienced pelvic pain that became chronic, even after they elected to have their vaginal mesh or mesh slings surgically removed. Each woman was referred to a qualified pelvic floor therapist for treatment, patient education, and a supervised follow up home exercise program.

The researchers tracked their progress over five years. The findings? Fifty percent of the women who participated in both the physical therapy sessions and the home exercise sessions saw a marked decrease in their overall pelvic pain. (A few patients with severe pelvic pain were also prescribed a series of injections to relax the pelvic floor, aiding the physical therapy sessions.) Even better news – the women in the study who experienced pain only with sexual activity achieved more than 80% improvement!

If vaginal mesh surgery - or surgical removal - have left you with pelvic pain, the Femina Physical Therapy team can help decrease your pain and increase your quality of life again; no more surgery needed.

And if you’re contemplating vaginal mesh surgery, schedule a consultation with us first. We’ve successfully treated hundreds of women who thought surgery was their only option.

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Testimonial by Jamie M.

I have been going to see Heather for a while now, and I can't tell you enough how much she has improved my quality of life. Heather specializes in issues like pelvic floor, but I see her for other orthopedic issues.

I have a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction issues (back, hips, neck) that require that have ongoing physical therapy maintenance. The effects of my problem joints/areas overlap and interconnect with each other in complex ways, so helping me requires really having a complete understanding of the entire skeletal and muscular system. Pain does not always appear where the problem actually is, the human body is a twisty, many-layered puzzle. I have an exercise program I do at home and I am very functional, but there are just something things I need a PT to help me out with.

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Testimonial by S.P., Age 26

I would like to start off by thanking Heather Jeffcoat for educating me and curing me of Vaginismus. I had been married for almost three years before I was referred to Heather. I never knew about Vaginismus until almost three years into my marriage. I knew something was wrong when I went on my honeymoon and came back a Virgin. I had always imagined how magical my first night would be but boy was I wrong.

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Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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Testimonial by Ann V.

I wish i could give this place 10 stars!! 
I have been suffering from vaginismus for 5 years and never found the cure to it. I had seen an ob/gyn and he diagnosed me with vaginismus and told me i needed a surgery to cure my condition, which i refused to do. He also referred me to a PT that he works with, i had given them multiple calls and they never responded back to me, so i started searching yelp for another PT. I am SO HAPPY I found Heather's office! I was working with Laureen, and with her guidance and techniques i was able to be cured from vaginismus in only 2 1/2 short months!!! I couldn't believe how quickly their program worked for me! I am forever grateful and thankful from Heather, and Laureen! They are the absolute best at what they do!

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Testimonial by S.H., age 24

I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for me for the past 19 months. I literally could not have reached my goals without you and your practice. You gave me the courage to keep moving forth with my treatment no matter how afraid and anxious I was. You were always there to answer questions and made this whole process so much easier than I expected it to be.

It's because of you that my marriage is on the right track, that I can get pregnant and that this part of my life is finally over. I really feel that Fusion Wellness is a team of people you can call family and are there to root for you and cheer you on until you reach your goals. There is nothing better than knowing I accomplished this with you guys by my side and as calmly and patiently as I needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there and helping me reach my goals.

S.H., age 24

Testimonial by A.W., age 32

I wanted to let you know that my pelvic floor held strong and gave me no trouble whatsoever in my trail race this morning (12 miles)! In a way, I felt like I ran better than ever because my core feels so rock solid from all the exercises you have me doing. That was especially valuable on the technical downhill - I just flew down the trail because I had confidence in my balance and form. Thank you for helping me get back to doing what I love.

-- A.W., age 32
(completed Post-partum Renewal Program using the InTone biofeedback/stim unit)

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