It is my understanding that the surgeons removed the center portion or "platform" of the Virtue sling, That is the part that the four arms are attached to. It felt like a credit card had been implanted in my scrotum with a "V" notch on the rear side. It is my assumption that the "V" notch was a result of two of the tensioned arms distorting the mesh platform.
Removing this portion of the mesh was a brutal procedure. I was in the operating room for approximately 3 1/2 hours. I would be my guess that the majority of time was spent delicately cutting the Virtue mesh from the ingrowth of my pelvic tissue. The remaining time would have been used to implant my AdVance sling.
The pain and recovery time from this procedure was MUCH worse that my
open prostatectomy approximately ten years earlier. Much of the Virtue mesh remains in my body causing pain.
I have noticed repeatedly where Coloplast promotional material refers to this "platform" and associated tensioning of the four arms as "gentle compression". If this is gentle compression, I am the Dalia Lama.
You can click on this link to see the "platform" that caused me so much misery:
Post Edited (male_sling_problems) : 12/31/2011 9:41:40 AM (GMT-7)