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All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

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Nov 16, 2012
 
Patty Williams wrote:
Hey Sonya 59, I hope this post finds you on a better day. Im not grossed out by your issues. Ive seen and heard some funky stuff and if anything your symptoms worry me. The bowels are nothing to mess with. Being overweight is one thing, but losing without a proper plan is bad. Your body stores fat and you lose muscle. Muscle is storage for blood as well as other important properties. My husband, the reason Im on topix, lost much of his muscle tissue. He was very muscular, but after 3 surgeries in one year hes not exactly healthy. He was considered overwright, but he was muscular, muscle weighs more than fat. I had to buy him new clothing due to his weightloss. What I and every single old timer here on topix would tell you is to eat as healthy as you can, keep seeing your doctor or find one who will listen, perhaps physical therapy would help with getting you stronger. Try to find a healthy state of mind and dont let your life be all about your health troubles. Above all, dont let any doctor or health care professional tell you anything that makes you feel like any of this is your fault. While we all need to be accountable for our own optimal health, which includes physical, mental and spiritual. We know our own bodies better than any doctor!
On target as usual, Patty. It is the muscle that gets affected quicker than loss of fat. Sonyas' situation is a perfect example of that. Her injuries exacerbate that as well. Her descriptions of what her body is now "eliminating" is the extreme of what we call "Meshoma". I hope that she is able to find the right Dr. and treatment soon.....Best Wishes.
JIM

Albany, NY

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#6863
Nov 16, 2012
 
hello im not sure when it was about 2005, or 2006 I had a double hernia surgery one of my lower left abdomen, & one of my belly button area all at the same time. I had very bad swelling of my scrotum it was a little bigger then the size of softball, the Dr used the Mesh patch on both. 2 months later the Dr. moved his practice from N.Y. to FL. Well for the last 6 years i have been having cramps, pain in my lower left intestinal area also uncomfortable bowel movements. I also have my right testicle pops out of my scrotum as if the lining of the scrotum is torn.I have a hydro-seal om my left testicle as a result of the surgery that i went to my family Dr. who sent me to a specialist who told me that its best to leave it alone. I'm male 43 my email is jimjets1@yahoo.com please email me if you have anything helpful. thank you.
Liz johnston

Bixby, OK

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Nov 18, 2012
 
I had Marlex mesh in 1998 for incisional hernia and also in 1999. Did not hold. Had numerous fistulas that to be packed every day for weeks. Had to wear abdominal binders every day. In 2006 had surgery for hernia repair and colon re-section. I asked Dr. Why he not put more mesh in for hernia repair. He said too much danger of infection. Still had numerous fistulas and still had to wear binders. Had surgery in 2010 for fistula and doctor said he would have to go back later and try to find all the pieces of mesh and remove them. Had major surgery 6 weeks later with a 16 inch scar. Dr said he removed all mesh he could find. I have had much pain and suffering over the last 14 years. Can anyone help me find an attorney who handles Marlex mesh cases? PLEASE!!!!!!!!
Liz johnston Nov 17 2012

Bixby, OK

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Nov 18, 2012
 
Forgot to date my earlier comment.
Amanda

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#6866
Nov 19, 2012
 
Just shedding a thought, it's not often we are able to share our life damaging story with a potential patient of a Butcher Doctor, but yesterday I firmly believe that fate and the Lord put me in the right place at just the right time. I bumped into a man with a blot clot in his lower calf who had set up repair surgery at the same hospital as my defective hernia mesh surgery was done, and low and behold with the same vascular surgeon who had butchered me on the operating table 5 years earlier, who I won at trial against, boy did I quickly warn this potential patient, he was so grateful for my warning and honesty, you just never know who can be a victim of medical malpractice and I was so happy that I could forewarn this man against going under the knive with this doctor who should have lost his medial license for what he was guilty of. Just sharing. Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. Amanda
Cindy

Eden Prairie, MN

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#6868
Nov 20, 2012
 
Liz johnston wrote:
I had Marlex mesh in 1998 for incisional hernia and also in 1999. Did not hold. Had numerous fistulas that to be packed every day for weeks. Had to wear abdominal binders every day. In 2006 had surgery for hernia repair and colon re-section. I asked Dr. Why he not put more mesh in for hernia repair. He said too much danger of infection. Still had numerous fistulas and still had to wear binders. Had surgery in 2010 for fistula and doctor said he would have to go back later and try to find all the pieces of mesh and remove them. Had major surgery 6 weeks later with a 16 inch scar. Dr said he removed all mesh he could find. I have had much pain and suffering over the last 14 years. Can anyone help me find an attorney who handles Marlex mesh cases? PLEASE!!!!!!!!
Liz, Have you seen this Topix discussion?
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/prweb/T9PBVQ8...
Karen

Clarksville, TN

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Nov 20, 2012
 
My husband had umbilical hernia surgery on 10/22/2010, using Bard Ventralex hernia repair patch (circle). In April he developed a staph infection on the left side where the hernia mesh was. He was given IV antibiotics for about 3 hours in ER. It got better so he went home. He continued for the next year to just get to feeling worse and going to our PCP who put him through all kinds of tests to try to find out what was making him feel so bad. We are self-employed with rental property but he got to where he only did the things that were necessary and nothing. In May of 2012 he again got another staph infction at the same place but this time when he went to ER on Sunday evening they kept him until Thursday afternoon on 2 IV antibiotics. They said the next time he came in they were removing the mesh. Afte more tests he talked with a surgeon who had him on 4 weeks of oral antibiotics. When he didn't feel better Dr. Roberts did surgry on August 13 to remove the mesh and fix the small hernia someother way without putting any thing (like mesh) in. e is doing beter and feeling better than he has in several years. Has anyone else had this type of problem?

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Nov 20, 2012
 
Karen wrote:
My husband had umbilical hernia surgery on 10/22/2010, using Bard Ventralex hernia repair patch (circle). In April he developed a staph infection on the left side where the hernia mesh was. He was given IV antibiotics for about 3 hours in ER. It got better so he went home. He continued for the next year to just get to feeling worse and going to our PCP who put him through all kinds of tests to try to find out what was making him feel so bad. We are self-employed with rental property but he got to where he only did the things that were necessary and nothing. In May of 2012 he again got another staph infction at the same place but this time when he went to ER on Sunday evening they kept him until Thursday afternoon on 2 IV antibiotics. They said the next time he came in they were removing the mesh. Afte more tests he talked with a surgeon who had him on 4 weeks of oral antibiotics. When he didn't feel better Dr. Roberts did surgry on August 13 to remove the mesh and fix the small hernia someother way without putting any thing (like mesh) in. e is doing beter and feeling better than he has in several years. Has anyone else had this type of problem?
yes, my husband got MRSA after his hernia surgery. Then two more hernia surgeries. Went through hell. if the mesh peddlers had not convinced his surgeon that their mesh was the only thing that could fix my husband he would still have a life. The surgeons are so sold on the idea of the mesh they think of nothing else. We need more no mesh doctors. His could have been repaired with no mesh I believe. But Im no surgeon. I know that the mesh harmed him badly to the point of needing it removed after just 90 days. Then another, then another. Ill never have my husband back the way he was. Im so happy for you!!!! And Im glad your hubby is feeling better! happy Thanksgiving!!!Also, maybe share the area that your husbands surgeon is in, maybe give hope to others.
Samstress

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#6871
Nov 23, 2012
 
I have had 2 hernia repairs. One in 2004 for a umbilicus hernia. In 2009, I had a incarcerated hernia in the same spot. Parietex mesh was used. I have had severe abdominal pain, pulling, stabbing, burning you name it. I have been worked up through my GI MD. I have had problems with my bowels, bloating. I am a healthy, active women. I am so disgusted, my M.D. never told me he was using Mesh. I had a inguinal hernia repaired in 1979 and never had a single problem since no mesh was used in the 70's. In 2004 I had a Hysterectomy due to endometriosis, 8 weeks later I had a small bowel evisceration and had to be operated on once again. I was told I was meshed up real good the 2nd time around. I am awaiting all my operative reports to see what was used for that surgery. I am at the point that I wish I could get this mesh out of me.
Is the Parietex Mesh recalled? Has anyone else had problems with this mesh?
Todd

Greenville, WI

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Nov 24, 2012
 
Hello All,

I am a 47 year old Veteran who had double hernia surgery repair done at a VA Hospital back in 2001. I have had pain on both sides ever since that the VA cannot do anything about.

I already have a copy of my medical record which states the type of mesh used was from the ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATION and was POLYPROPYLENE MONOFILAMENT SURGICAL MESH and also includes the REF and LOT numbers. along with the bar code ( all attached on the medical record ).

Can anyone tell me, without having to read all 6400+ posts if there is any type of recall, legal action in regards to this?

thanks

greenville54942@yahoo.com

Since: Nov 12

Sydney, Australia

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#6873
Nov 24, 2012
 
Todd wrote:
Hello All,
I am a 47 year old Veteran who had double hernia surgery repair done at a VA Hospital back in 2001. I have had pain on both sides ever since that the VA cannot do anything about.
I already have a copy of my medical record which states the type of mesh used was from the ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATION and was POLYPROPYLENE MONOFILAMENT SURGICAL MESH and also includes the REF and LOT numbers. along with the bar code ( all attached on the medical record ).
Can anyone tell me, without having to read all 6400+ posts if there is any type of recall, legal action in regards to this?
thanks
greenville54942@yahoo.com
HI Todd, I am not sure whether you are aware that there have been problems on all different types of mesh, I am aware that Surgipro Mesh was recalled because of bacterial issues, and recent Johnston & Johnston took a lot of their mesh products of the market. I beleive I have at least two different types of mesh not for a hernia but for a pelvic/bowel prolapse and the mesh is causing hell! Good luck. Sonia_59
Carmen

South Morang, Australia

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#6874
Nov 25, 2012
 
Tony wrote:
Do these mesh recalls affect Australia?
And why can't they use human tissue or sheep skin?
So did u find out if they were in Oz mate? I have a patch that never worked now I am beginning to wonder where it went!
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

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Nov 26, 2012
 
Todd wrote:
Hello All,
I am a 47 year old Veteran who had double hernia surgery repair done at a VA Hospital back in 2001. I have had pain on both sides ever since that the VA cannot do anything about.
I already have a copy of my medical record which states the type of mesh used was from the ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATION and was POLYPROPYLENE MONOFILAMENT SURGICAL MESH and also includes the REF and LOT numbers. along with the bar code ( all attached on the medical record ).
Can anyone tell me, without having to read all 6400+ posts if there is any type of recall, legal action in regards to this?
thanks
greenville54942@yahoo.com
This is to answer your question, Todd, as well as others on this forum. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON MESH! The only recall is on the Kugel/Bard Large Oval with RING. The reason this product was recalled is because of the PLASTIC RING that is "welded" together. The weld can break and the ring will cut or puncture all that is around it. There is NO recall on POLYPROPOLENE or other meshs. Johnson and Johnson VOLUNTARILY removed some GYNO mesh products from the market because of all the lawsuits against them for product liability. The FDA has issued warnings of "POTENTIAL" "POSSIBLE" problems with some GYNO mesh products but none for hernia mesh products. Your only possible avenue for compensation is a possible "damage" or "liability" case. J&J took their products off the market as a marketing shift. If you read between the lines that means, we see into the future and we are covering our ass. One of those products was NEVER approved by the FDA for public use and OOPS, J&J just happened to let that one out "by mistake". I hope that if you are trying to sue you are able to find a lawyer to represent you. But I will tell you now that Hernia Mesh cases are dead unless you were the lucky ones to get into the Rhode Island cases. Even then there is no clear cut verdict in these cases and compensation may not be what you may expect. GYNO mesh cases are the "hot ticket" right now because of the publicity and the amount of cases being generated at this time. There are many more of those products than the simple hernia mesh. The likelyhood of you getting a hernia case in front of a judge ( unless you have solid non-contestable evidence or death ) now is VERY remote. Even then you will be waiting for YEARS for a verdict and then the manufacturers appeal or out and out denial to pay will hamper you, break your bank account or cause you to lose your lawyer. I have tried for 6 years to get an attorney. Statute of limitations and medical complications took care of most of them. The complications and the cost to get a case in front of a judge took care of the rest. Until the FDA comes clean we will not have a chance in hell of getting hernia mesh products recalled and the manufacturers to pay damages. Thats just the way the "money bounces" here in Meshoma land. We are up against a government agency that has been paid off and a medical industry that has more money than God and more lawyers than money. Sorry to be so negative about your chances of a lawsuit, my friend. I am a veteran as well. I have talked to Dr.'s and nurses at the V.A. and they are unaware of any mesh complaints. As well as the hospital where I had my 2 implants. Scary stuff Maynard.
My advice is not to put all of your energy in getting a lawyer/compensation. Rather, find a way to get yourself better. Zero in on what will make you better, whether an explant or other further surgery or even a change in diet/weight might make life bearable again. Don't eat yourself up with anger over mesh and what it has done to you because THAT has been done and the only thing you can do now is to try and get better. Best of Luck and Best Wishes..........
KMM

Youngstown, OH

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#6876
Nov 26, 2012
 
He has given you good advice - trying to sue will take up a lot of energy and add to your frustration. Get the mesh out.
Thelma

Newnan, GA

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Nov 26, 2012
 
I had a barb composix e/x mesh hernia laparoscopically implanted 8/30/2005 in April of 2011 I had to have it removed because it had set up severe staff infection. What can I do?
Andy

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Nov 26, 2012
 
Could you tell me if l have a case against the hospital,16yrs ago l had a hernia which l got operated on and last year the hernia came back l went into hospital and had the op on the 14th nov 2011 when l woke up in the recovery ward l was told that the mesh travelled down to my testical and the mesh wrapped round one of them and they told me they at to remove one of testicals
Blair

Charlottetown, Canada

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Nov 27, 2012
 
Thelma wrote:
I had a barb composix e/x mesh hernia laparoscopically implanted 8/30/2005 in April of 2011 I had to have it removed because it had set up severe staff infection. What can I do?
Thelma, the real truth is your mesh failed, surgeons are not telling the truth. Get your pathology report,it will tell in detail what happened. This is a non ring mesh that has injured a lot of patients and is still on the market. To answer your question, please read this post from All Meshed Up, we have been following this mesh settlement for years. This is it in layman's terms. I am contacting a law firm today and i will ask if they will look at your case.
This is to answer your question, Thelma, as well as others on this forum. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON MESH! The only recall is on the Kugel/Bard Large Oval with RING. The reason this product was recalled is because of the PLASTIC RING that is "welded" together. The weld can break and the ring will cut or puncture all that is around it. There is NO recall on POLYPROPOLENE or other meshs. Johnson and Johnson VOLUNTARILY removed some GYNO mesh products from the market because of all the lawsuits against them for product liability. The FDA has issued warnings of "POTENTIAL" "POSSIBLE" problems with some GYNO mesh products but none for hernia mesh products. Your only possible avenue for compensation is a possible "damage" or "liability" case. J&J took their products off the market as a marketing shift. If you read between the lines that means, we see into the future and we are covering our ass. One of those products was NEVER approved by the FDA for public use and OOPS, J&J just happened to let that one out "by mistake". I hope that if you are trying to sue you are able to find a lawyer to represent you. But I will tell you now that Hernia Mesh cases are dead unless you were the lucky ones to get into the Rhode Island cases. Even then there is no clear cut verdict in these cases and compensation may not be what you may expect. GYNO mesh cases are the "hot ticket" right now because of the publicity and the amount of cases being generated at this time. There are many more of those products than the simple hernia mesh. The likelyhood of you getting a hernia case in front of a judge ( unless you have solid non-contestable evidence or death ) now is VERY remote. Even then you will be waiting for YEARS for a verdict and then the manufacturers appeal or out and out denial to pay will hamper you, break your bank account or cause you to lose your lawyer. I have tried for 6 years to get an attorney. Statute of limitations and medical complications took care of most of them. The complications and the cost to get a case in front of a judge took care of the rest. Until the FDA comes clean we will not have a chance in hell of getting hernia mesh products recalled and the manufacturers to pay damages. Thats just the way the "money bounces" here in Meshoma land. We are up against a government agency that has been paid off and a medical industry that has more money than God and more lawyers than money. Sorry to be so negative about your chances of a lawsuit, my friend. I am a veteran as well. I have talked to Dr.'s and nurses at the V.A. and they are unaware of any mesh complaints. As well as the hospital where I had my 2 implants. Scary stuff Maynard.
My advice is not to put all of your energy in getting a lawyer/compensation. Rather, find a way to get yourself better. Zero in on what will make you better, whether an explant or other further surgery or even a change in diet/weight might make life bearable again. Don't eat yourself up with anger over mesh and what it has done to you because THAT has been done and the only thing you can do now is to try and get better. Best of Luck and Best Wishes..........
Blair

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Nov 27, 2012
 
“adverse
events”(doctors code words for a bad result or a mistake).
• 87,500 patients admitted annually to Canadian acute care
hospitals experience an adverse event.
• 1 in 13 adult patients admitted to a Canadian hospital encounter
an adverse event.
• 1 in 19 adults will potentially be given the wrong medication
or wrong medication dosage.
• 37% of adverse events are “highly” preventable.
• 24% of preventable adverse events are related to medication
error.
A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information
(CIHI) indicated that nearly one quarter of Canadian adults
(5.2 million people) reported that they, or a member of their
family, had experienced a “preventable adverse event,” in other
words, a medical error.
Law firms in Canada who take on adverse events have an uphill battle. The medical systems has a fund with billons of dollars set aside to fight and protect them from law suits.Very few cases are picked to get a settlement and you have to use some of your own money up front to get started and the real kicker is if you loose you will have to repay the defendants costs. Put your energy into geting better, you are fighting a corrupt system.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

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Nov 27, 2012
 

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Blair wrote:
“adverse
events”(doctors code words for a bad result or a mistake).
• 87,500 patients admitted annually to Canadian acute care
hospitals experience an adverse event.
• 1 in 13 adult patients admitted to a Canadian hospital encounter
an adverse event.
• 1 in 19 adults will potentially be given the wrong medication
or wrong medication dosage.
• 37% of adverse events are “highly” preventable.
• 24% of preventable adverse events are related to medication
error.
A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information
(CIHI) indicated that nearly one quarter of Canadian adults
(5.2 million people) reported that they, or a member of their
family, had experienced a “preventable adverse event,” in other
words, a medical error.
Law firms in Canada who take on adverse events have an uphill battle. The medical systems has a fund with billons of dollars set aside to fight and protect them from law suits.Very few cases are picked to get a settlement and you have to use some of your own money up front to get started and the real kicker is if you loose you will have to repay the defendants costs. Put your energy into geting better, you are fighting a corrupt system.
Thanks Blair for "getting my back" as it were. Here in the States there is an ongoing effort behind the "scenes" to bring the facts about Polypropolene , in its many forms, into the public eye via Senators and Congressman. We are seeing the manifestations of the Gyno meshs trail of destruction in the 4000+ lawsuits (that are known of) now making their way into the courts. The manufacturers, with the help of the courts,lawyers and the FDA, dodged a bullet with the Kugel mesh case. They are now able to say that they have "negotiated" and "settled" those cases much as many on here may disagree. Now, with the Gyno cases there may be a glimmer of hope that not only will these women who have been so badly treated and lied to will get compensense but so will all the hernia mesh victims. This process has taken and will take time to come about. Unfortunately there are lawyers out there that "vulture" victims of mesh and pick and choose from the "crop" so as to have the best case and to hell with the rest. That is just the way it is.I have seen the same pattern, as I am sure you have Blair. Until there is an upswell of protest or some movie star or politician has their own little mesh experience we will not see it change.

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Nov 27, 2012
 
Todd wrote:
Hello All,
I am a 47 year old Veteran who had double hernia surgery repair done at a VA Hospital back in 2001. I have had pain on both sides ever since that the VA cannot do anything about.
I already have a copy of my medical record which states the type of mesh used was from the ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATION and was POLYPROPYLENE MONOFILAMENT SURGICAL MESH and also includes the REF and LOT numbers. along with the bar code ( all attached on the medical record ).
Can anyone tell me, without having to read all 6400+ posts if there is any type of recall, legal action in regards to this?
thanks
greenville54942@yahoo.com
Hi yes there are a couple lawfirms handeling the Atrium cases. MY husband is also an Atrium mesh victim. I will email you the information on who to contact. No there are no recalls as of yet but there do not have to be recalls .

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