Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns of Death and Serious Healt...

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Patients should review the latest recall information to see if they have been implanted with the recalled device and seek medical attention if symptoms such as unexplained or persistent abdominal pain, fever, ...
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Confused

Spiceland, IN

#5811 Apr 29, 2012
I had hernia surgery 5 years ago and my entire stomach swells everyday. I have had my glabladder removed and still have a lot of sympteoms such as pain swelling, weight gain and blood. I have CT scans, upper Gi and many other tests. The gastrointestial specialist gave me a general diganoses.....I didn't buy it for a minute. Now I have seen many commercials on TV regarding Mesh recalls and wonder if this is my problem.
Blair

Charlottetown, Canada

#5812 Apr 29, 2012
emgee wrote:
<quoted text> Oh, I see now. Just keep in mind that those classifications are only for the 1100 settled cases against the Kugel mesh with the memory ring. I don't recall what type of mesh he had. This site was originally for that mesh product but, unfortunately, as more and more people are developing severe problems with a myraid of mesh products it gets confusing as to which product is at issue. I can only hope that one day everyone will have received some sort of compensation for all that they have endured. However, as I can vouch, it will never be enough. Since I no longer have an abdominal wall after my mesh explant, I can't even find a surgeon who is willing to operate. Several have said it's too complicated and even if attempted the chances of the surgery being successful is less then 50%.
Thanks emgee,there will be a lot of people who will not get any justice. Motley Rice sold them out to get a settlement.I had my abdominal wall repaired but i have been told to be carefull. I am glad you will get something but i know it will never be enough when you loss your health over a product that should have not been on the market. I have talked to a lot of people who trusted their doctors only to find out later the mesh doesn't work. They beleive me now. SAD
steven435

Arcola, MO

#5813 Apr 30, 2012
HY BLAIR,is anything at all going on in canada?do you still have an atterny.my lawyers say this next round of talks may make a big diference in how the mesh compesition itself is looked at.but will need court cases to back it up i told them im ready to go any time.not just the medicel problems,most of us just have to take off our shirts in front of a jury and case over.
Blair

Charlottetown, Canada

#5814 Apr 30, 2012
steven435 wrote:
HY BLAIR,is anything at all going on in canada?do you still have an atterny.my lawyers say this next round of talks may make a big diference in how the mesh compesition itself is looked at.but will need court cases to back it up i told them im ready to go any time.not just the medicel problems,most of us just have to take off our shirts in front of a jury and case over.
The first settlement offer was refused, next step is certification. Can not find a law firm that will work on a contingency basis. Its not like the states, they are not hungry enough,not enough population. If the next round of talks work out,things will change for me to find a law firm that will represent me. The plastic surgeon who did my last surgey must of thought i was looking for a job with Calin Klein modelling under wear, minus the belly button. He said people remove them for tattoos. LOL Keep me updated.Thanks
Lynn

AOL

#5815 Apr 30, 2012
Not to change the topic here. Yet I've seen lately postings on female mesh problems. I just got in our mail, an attorney news flier update on meshes. One item was on it was about Vaginal female mesh products. Report from Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, Female Vaginal Mesh Product Gynecare Prolift, sold for 3 years without US Appoval. Then it got the FDA approval in 2008. Also part of the 510k FDA LOOPHOLE. In which this ticks me off. For my family doctor had refered me to the areas top Urology surgeon for female bladder problems. He said I needed surgery. This back in 2010. His practice uses this Product, in which he was pushing this product onto me. I told him no. I didn't want the surgery. I said that their are medicines on the market that can help control the problems, in which he wasn't happy about. Then he handed me a booklet on this product and said go home and think it over, I said I don't need to for I have researched about all the health risk, that have been going on with these surgeries. I then pulled out downloaded material I had researched, he acted so surprised about the sites I had found. Including the story of "Suffering In Silence from a Medical Device". He looked at it. Asked if he could have it or have a copy of it. He claimed this was the first he knew anything about the stories and side effects of this kind and numbers of women being hurt. So I felt at that time, I may have educated him. I have not been back to him.
steven435

Arcola, MO

#5816 Apr 30, 2012
Lynn wrote:
Not to change the topic here. Yet I've seen lately postings on female mesh problems. I just got in our mail, an attorney news flier update on meshes. One item was on it was about Vaginal female mesh products. Report from Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, Female Vaginal Mesh Product Gynecare Prolift, sold for 3 years without US Appoval. Then it got the FDA approval in 2008. Also part of the 510k FDA LOOPHOLE. In which this ticks me off. For my family doctor had refered me to the areas top Urology surgeon for female bladder problems. He said I needed surgery. This back in 2010. His practice uses this Product, in which he was pushing this product onto me. I told him no. I didn't want the surgery. I said that their are medicines on the market that can help control the problems, in which he wasn't happy about. Then he handed me a booklet on this product and said go home and think it over, I said I don't need to for I have researched about all the health risk, that have been going on with these surgeries. I then pulled out downloaded material I had researched, he acted so surprised about the sites I had found. Including the story of "Suffering In Silence from a Medical Device". He looked at it. Asked if he could have it or have a copy of it. He claimed this was the first he knew anything about the stories and side effects of this kind and numbers of women being hurt. So I felt at that time, I may have educated him. I have not been back to him.
LYNN,the thing about all of these meshes they are basicly made with the same crap,one side is not supost to adhere and the outher does.geuss what they dont work!!!!
mesh horror

Gilbert, AZ

#5817 Apr 30, 2012
Gayla Brown wrote:
I am having stabbing pains all over my stomach. I also see where another person was talking about blood troubles. I have had 10 blood transfusions since this surgery. No doctors can tell me why this is happening. My blood count stays very low. I stay so weak. I get very yucky feeling after I eat. I feel like I am going to throow up. I have trouble standing. I lean when I walk. I have a 9 year old son, and this mess is killing me. I see my surgeon on the to see if she thinks I need to have it removed. Does anyone know of a lawyer in the are of Mobile, AL or Montgomery, AL that is handling the adominal mesh recalls? I need help bad.
Even if your doctors knew that the mesh is causing health problems they will not admit it because they do not want to be involved in any lawsuits.

I'm not trying to diagnose your condition but from my personal complications with the abdominal mesh, your symptoms are caused by your mesh. I went to all kinds of surgeons & doctors and no one admitted the mesh was the cause of my problems. I told them over and over for 6yrs, the symptoms began after the implant.
I finally had to find the truth via internet.
You need to get the mesh out. Google mesh explant surgeons. Find a surgeon who is an expert at removing the mesh, not all surgeons are created equal.
Lynn

AOL

#5818 Apr 30, 2012
steven435 wrote:
<quoted text>LYNN,the thing about all of these meshes they are basicly made with the same crap,one side is not supost to adhere and the outher does.geuss what they dont work!!!!
hi Steven435. Yea I know all about the crap for I'm on my second repair,from a screwed up first repair. Won't go in long details. Yet the failure is their and no real help for us! To me the real winner are the manufactures and attorneys! For we live 24/7 with our medical problems.
Lynn

AOL

#5819 Apr 30, 2012
Poster #5817 I don't see why surgeons, hospitals, maufactures, the selling middleman that peddels the crap, all be accountiable. If their is one person that works for the FDA that comes forward that either text message, e-mails, snail mails, that their a recall or a medical problem their should been a stop to using mesh until the problems were researched more. Their just seems that their are ways that these surgeons would of known. Even the Clinic Trial.gov wasn't reporting true findins of mesh defects. So really who can we trust? We know the FDA cann't be trusted. For they hid years of mesh problems under the 510(k) loophole.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#5820 Apr 30, 2012
My husband is going with his new attorney to meet with his surgeon. The surgeon is very forward and truthful about the problem with my husbands mesh.He is now having to go see a pain management doctor as well. I have seen him go from active hardworking on the go man to one who feels like a "bum" because of the mesh.Cant work,sleep, he cannot even play with our dogs or pick up our grandson, so many things we used to do, and hes only 43. We are definitely going to find a Surgeon who can help him when the time comes that he has his next surgery, he had two within 8 weeks of each other and cannot get another one until December. The worst thing was that his Doctor really thought the mesh was going to allow him to be back to work in "8 weeks", instead he was back in surgery in 8 weeks.
riverrat

Winona, MN

#5821 Apr 30, 2012
6 weeks for me in 2005
riverrat

Winona, MN

#5822 Apr 30, 2012
didnt happen
emgee

Chico, CA

#5823 Apr 30, 2012
Blair wrote:
<quoted text>
Informative info on classifications. All Meshed up has had a hard time finding a lawfirm and all i was trying to do is give him info on clssifications that might help him.
"Wounded" on November 21, 2011 posted the classifications, number of claimants AND the amount of the settlement offers with the exception of the 1A and 1B classifications.
Blair

Charlottetown, Canada

#5824 May 1, 2012
The national news did a follow up story after reports on mesh. Surgeons still try to protect the mesh companys and we all know they get lots of free spin offs. News is a powerfull tool and its working to make others think twice before getting any mesh. I will be phoning them to air kugel and composix mesh storys. Thanks emgee, wounded and i have been in contact. He was screwed by the MDL.

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/home/more_women_...
Blair

Charlottetown, Canada

#5825 May 1, 2012
For all you women who think they are the only ones with this issue. You are not alone, every day the FDA does not act on these meshs there are more victims north and south of the border.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120430...
All Meshed Up

Montrose, CO

#5826 May 1, 2012
Blair wrote:
<quoted text>
Informative info on classifications. All Meshed up has had a hard time finding a lawfirm and all i was trying to do is give him info on clssifications that might help him.
Thanks Mucho for the info! I really appreciate it. Problem being I can't get a lawyer to represent me because my ring has not broken. 5 surgeries, the loss of my profession, the removal of my right testicle, the constant pain and infections, the buldge on my right surgical site and its still not enough to get a lawyer to represent me. I am sick of the whole damn thing! Motley Rice are as corrupt as the FDA is blind!I truly do not know what to do now. SSI won't take me because I am too active. I can't get a job because I am on pain meds. When the last company that was going to hire me found out about the surgeries and the Kugel that I still have inside me I was politely told that I was no longer a candidate for the job. So what do I do? Stand in an intersection and beg? I have very few alternatives now. I want to Thank Dr Richard Holmes now of Albuquerque( he "retired" and left Montrose after about 6 of us got sick from Prolene.) for installing the Prolene that crumpled up and started this whole mess. And I would also Thank Dr Steven Sawyer for removing the Prolene and then in some sort of wierd reasoning decided to fill the hole with a Kugel Patch.Neither Dr. ever reported that the mesh they installed had failed. Both are now gone from Montrose Colorado and have left devistating results in their wake.Good riddance and I can only hope that they get a mesh implant of their own.
Dragonbreath

Kokomo, IN

#5827 May 1, 2012
Blair wrote:
Thanks Lana, As far as hernia mesh, those attorneys made some big mistakes in my opinion. They took a position Composix Mesh was a better alternative than the Kugel Mesh and about 200 cases were kicked out of the litigation in Rhode Island. But I am not an attorney, so that is not a professional opinion. They did the same in the Canadian Class Action with the advice from Motley Rice. Composix Mesh put a lot of Canadians on disability for life. I remenber my surgeon telling me this would be a simple twenty minute operation. He was quick to use my disability insurance and not his. He should of been honest and told me the truth.
Blair, I am just getting into this darkness, researching on behalf of my wife. She just got surgery report back from 2008 says composix type M was used for hernia. My question is composix it's own enity ( company ) and what is the difference between others? Understanding that all or most mesh seem to be not good. Thanks
Me again

Mcpherson, KS

#5828 May 1, 2012
Gynecare TVT Bladder Sling Lawsuit Filed Over Mesh Erosion

Posted: 01 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

A Maryland couple has filed a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the wife sustained debilitating injuries as a result of problems with the design of a Gynecare TVT bladder sling used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Ossie Blackston and her husband, John, in the U.S District Court for the Western District of Missouri on April 27. Johnson & Johnson, as well as their Ethicon and Gynecare subsidiaries are named as defendants.

According to allegations raised in the bladder sling lawsuit, Blackston received a Gynecare TVT mesh sling on May 7, 2009 to treat stress urinary incontinence, uterovaginal prolapse and cystocele. However, after the transvaginal mesh was implanted, she began to suffer persistent pelvic pain, recurrent stress urinary incontinence, as well as infections and bleeding.

A later examination revealed that Blackstonís bladder sling had eroded through her vaginal wall.

On February 18, 2010, less than a year after being implanted with the mesh, she underwent surgery to have the exposed portions removed. As a result, Blackston alleges that she has suffered mental and physical pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of enjoyment of life and other problems.

The allegations mirror those contained in hundreds of vaginal mesh and bladder sling lawsuits filed throughout the United States against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers. In addition to complaints over Johnson & Johnsonís Ethicon and Gynecare products, similar lawsuits have been filed over Bard Avaulta mesh, Boston Scientific mesh and AMS pelvic mesh.

Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers failed to adequately research and test their products or warn about the risk of painful and debilitating complications from bladder sling and transvaginal mesh products, such as pelvic pain, infection and vaginal mesh erosion.

The Blackstonís lawsuit will likely be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where the federal bladder sling litigation has been centralized for pretrial proceedings, as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.
Linda

Wylie, TX

#5829 May 1, 2012
tammy s from michigan wrote:
I had complex incisional hernia surgery on August 26, 2010. the surgeon used strattice mesh. and every since the surgery I have abdominal pain. ct scans and xrays show nothing, I do have a bulge in my epigastric region and the surgeon claimed it was just swelled up and it will eventually go down, well it hasnt. i cant stand not knowing what could be done. please help me.
Hi' I've had many stomach surgeries, the last one was for 2 huge stomach hernias. After surgery while I'm still in the hospital I notice a huge hump on my upper left side and showed it to my dr. he said he didnt know what it was. A few months later I showed it to him again an the new one at my pelvic. He said it was a new hernia not the ones that were there before of course had CT scan showed nothing. Now my whole stomach is huge again like before the surgery. I don't trust him. Very upset. Trying to get educated on mesh, he used Srattice mesh? I'm dealing with a lot of pain again. Not sure where to turn, what to believe.
Blair

Montague, Canada

#5830 May 1, 2012
Dragonbreath wrote:
<quoted text> Blair, I am just getting into this darkness, researching on behalf of my wife. She just got surgery report back from 2008 says composix type M was used for hernia. My question is composix it's own enity ( company ) and what is the difference between others? Understanding that all or most mesh seem to be not good. Thanks
Dragonbreath,the first thing you do is go to the medical records department and ask for her operative report which will have the mesh stamped on it that was used in her surgery. It will have a lot number, that is what is used to identfiy the mesh type. Bard/ Davol is the maker of Bard composix mesh (Canadian subsidiary)and Davol is the USA company. Type M tells me it has a ring but lets wait to you get your lot number. Mesh types are M,L,N and if you go to Sue's post # 4031 Feb. 9/2011 you will see a list of recalled meshs. Your wife will need your patience if she is having complications with her composix mesh. Just ask questions and we will try to help. Good luck

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