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ramshawed2000

United States

#7397 Feb 28, 2013
wes opitz wrote:
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Ok I got my op report and it was a perietex mesh. Had it removed in january of this year and im still in pain and there is still swelling. The surgeon said in his own words that I should just get on disability now since there isn't else he could do the 19th of February of this year. Ive told work comp about what he said and they sent me to a occupational therapy doctor. He told me that he is not going to sign off on me. And he's going to send me a referral to another surgeon. So im not exactly sure what else I should do.
File for disability..!!!
Blair

Montague, Canada

#7398 Feb 28, 2013
Terlin

Wayne, MI

#7399 Feb 28, 2013
I had my mesh and plugs removed by ramshaw 10/26/12 thinking the mesh caused what the gi doc says is pelvic floor dysinergy, severe bloating and pain at and above incisions, with difficulty defacating with no relief. Very pain full to sit feels like my colon is bulging over my pelvis. Also difficulty urinating. The removal was no help.dont know if it was the mesh or not. Anybody else have these symptoms. Docs want me to do core exersise asked ramshaw and he said ok but stop if the pain gets worse, how to tell if it's worse when it already hurts. Anybody have good results from ramshaw and do you have bowel problems?
Terlin

Wayne, MI

#7400 Feb 28, 2013
schneider wrote:
I'm going to be careful naming names, but I was operated on by a supposed Best doctor for mesh removal and I am not doing well. That doctor is nott interested in helping me, in fact I can't even speak to him. All his calls go to his assistant and she is definitely NOT a doctor. I have not found a single person on this message board who has had a successful outcome with this doctor, yet people talk about him like he is GOD. I JUST WANT TO WARN YOU ALL TO BE CAREFUL. Just because someone has a good PR doesn't mean crap. I picked this doctor over another big doctor here where I live because I heard privately that she was also not takinng care of people. People have an agenda folks!
What kind of hernia did you have and when did you have it removed, and what complications do you suffer from. I had mine removed 102612 still have same problems with a little more pain and numbness in the groin as he had to cut and bury some nerves that were intangled in the plug. I have talked with him a few times after not much can be done. Let me know how your problems are. Terlin
Linda Mazzilli

Teaneck, NJ

#7401 Feb 28, 2013
I had a Ingunal hernia with Prolene Mesh back in 1997. I need help to speak to someone. My stomach area in hugh...swollen and I am in servereain in the abdomal area and in the lower back. I have nausea annd problems with my bowels the chills and some vomiting. I need to know if this mesh is a problem and if something needs to be done. I cant keep living like this. Something is wrong. Ive been back and fourth to doctors for years and years....I need some help.
Terlin

Wayne, MI

#7402 Feb 28, 2013
Linda Mazzilli wrote:
I had a Ingunal hernia with Prolene Mesh back in 1997. I need help to speak to someone. My stomach area in hugh...swollen and I am in servereain in the abdomal area and in the lower back. I have nausea annd problems with my bowels the chills and some vomiting. I need to know if this mesh is a problem and if something needs to be done. I cant keep living like this. Something is wrong. Ive been back and fourth to doctors for years and years....I need some help.
Do you have difficulty deffacating and no relief when you go. What's your stool like?sounds similar to my problems. Let me know.
Chuck

Eastaboga, AL

#7403 Mar 1, 2013
Is their BPA chem in our lovely plastis hernia mesh? I just heard on news, that BPA can cause Asthma, I it messes with thyroid.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7404 Mar 1, 2013
wes opitz wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok I got my op report and it was a perietex mesh. Had it removed in january of this year and im still in pain and there is still swelling. The surgeon said in his own words that I should just get on disability now since there isn't else he could do the 19th of February of this year. Ive told work comp about what he said and they sent me to a occupational therapy doctor. He told me that he is not going to sign off on me. And he's going to send me a referral to another surgeon. So im not exactly sure what else I should do.
Good Morning Wes. I have been through the exact deal as you are going through now. Your continued pain and swelling and the Dr. suggesting you apply for SSI. First off you will NOT get SSI on the merits of a bad mesh experience. They won't even give you the time of day after they find out your complaint. Unless you crawl into the S.S. office on your hands and knees and prove that you can do NOTHING else they will not do a thing for you. If you are serious about getting SSI then get a Lawyer that specializes in SSI cases. It could take you 3-5 years to get a positive decision. Did you end up with any other mesh after your explant? If not then you are still dealing with the scar tissue, nerve damage and post operative healing. If you WERE re-implanted then you are dealing with the body regenerating scar tissue to enclose the mesh as it would a splinter. I would compile all the info you can find on the internet about Perietex mesh and present that info to your surgeon. The Dr.'s are going to tell you that its post operative pain ( which it could be, explanting mesh is no small surgery.) and possible nerve damage. They may suggest that you get the nerves cut so as to stop the pain. I have had that done with NO change in the pain. In fact I have hot and cold and occasional numbness in my right leg that I blame on that surgery. I have a very good friend that spent a HUGE amount of money to go to the "TOP" guy on the east coast to have his nerves cut. It made him worse. The Dr.'s are not going to point at your symptoms, even with the removal of the mesh and say "Its all due to the mesh!" They will not do that. It puts them in a situation similar to what Linda Gross has gone through in New Jersey. You were not told about the possible side effects of the mesh. Well Hell! I was not informed! I bet you were not either! Anybody else get a little fireside chat with YOUR surgeon before yopur implant in which he said, " You might have devestating side effects if I put this in you. And it may, in fact, probably will adversly affect you for the rest of your life!" Anybody get that chat? Yes? No? I didn't think so. Anyway Wes don't let the surgeons supposed lack of knowledge about mesh make you stop presenting info to him/her about what you had in you. Start a diary of your day to day symptoms. Make notes on what the Dr. tells you. I would have a hidden recorder if you can just for your own protection. These Dr.'s do not want to be sued. They see what is coming down the pike. Unfortunately you are a male and had Hernia surgery so in the pecking order we are shit out of luck when it comes to a lawsuit. But do as I did and continue to do. Call every lawyer that advertises that they represent mesh victims. You may get lucky. Let us know if you were reimplanted. IF you were not then keep us updated as to what the Dr.'s are telling you. I can just about tell you that most of us on this forum have heard the same schpeel from our surgeons! And make a report t6o the MAUDE data base today, Wes! Best Wishes......
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7405 Mar 1, 2013
Linda Mazzilli wrote:
I had a Ingunal hernia with Prolene Mesh back in 1997. I need help to speak to someone. My stomach area in hugh...swollen and I am in servereain in the abdomal area and in the lower back. I have nausea annd problems with my bowels the chills and some vomiting. I need to know if this mesh is a problem and if something needs to be done. I cant keep living like this. Something is wrong. Ive been back and fourth to doctors for years and years....I need some help.
Linda, your Prolene mesh has crumpled up and twisted inside you. It has taken everything around it as it crumpled.You probably have buldging around the surgical site. Possibly you have "pins and needles", redness, numbness, pain down your leg and up into your chest. These are all symptoms I have had with my Prolene mesh. It almost killed me. X-Ray, MRI or CAT scans will show the swelling, scarring and possibly the sutures ( that are metal) where you had the mesh. It will not show the mesh though. Its plastic so it will not show up as the sutures will. I still have my sutures from 2006 that were not removed. They are in a little ball somewhere near my Femoral Artery. You need to get that mesh out ASAP. Get a competent Dr. and or surgeon that will listen to you. Gather all of your records and keep everything you get from now on. If you are able to get a surgeon to remove the mesh have someone in the surgery room with a video camera to document what is taken out of you. Have that mesh saved at a medical facility for later evidence. Try to have a lawyer ( one you trust!) on hand also before, during and of course after the surgery. I have tried for years to get a lawyer to represent me against J&J Ethicon for what I believe is Medical Fraud.They still say in their brochures that Prolene mesh stays "pliant and soft" after implant. Any of us that have had Prolene mesh know differently. And still they sell the crap. I hope that you can get a case going but if not at least you will get that mesh out of you. If you need any info please contact me at rm.howden@hotmail.com and I will do whatever I can. Best Wishes and Best of Luck......
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7406 Mar 1, 2013
Every morning I get up to read and respond to what I find on this forum. I have to say that I sometimes cannot do it. I get so upset that I have to go and cry. I have lived with mesh for years now. I am in pain most of the time. I get bowel problems and stupid little infections and yet I feel lucky that I am not in as bad shape as many of you that come on here looking for help. I/we should not be doing this. We should all have access to real, truthful information and access to real honest to goodness medical care. We should not have to wonder what is happening and then go on the internet and get help and suggestions from strangers. It is such a crime that we are all going through this and yet the wheels of Justice do not represent us. They drive right over the top of us.........It sucks......My Best Wishes to All of You....
George

Flagstaff, AZ

#7407 Mar 1, 2013
ALL MESHED UP,

I am with you balancing the daily pain and the big picture of the medical device/FDA/doctor/lawyer money triangle. It is not just about what has happened to many tens of thousands that are experiencing mesh related complications today, but the people getting implants right now and those that have not yet experienced a problem but might at some point down the road. My guess is ALL mesh implants create problems for the patients, but are misdiagnosed as the mesh is not considered a cause. For example, the weight of the mesh/scar complex is similar to obesity in impact to our abdomens, even if you are not over weight, creating acid reflux/hiatus hernia/GERD problems. Although 4 of 5 mesh jury trials have ended with a verdict for the mesh victim, these positive steps do not have the urgency we need, to halt this medical fiasco. These punitive damages are "puny",doubtful any mesh products will be voluntary pulled which would indicate progress. I am at a loss as to how to address the scope of this situation, from my cycle of debilitating pain, surgery, short-term relief, debilitating pain - repeat as needed - to the desecration of "do no harm" medical doctrine being practiced right now. Thanks for reading G
What ever

Mcpherson, KS

#7408 Mar 1, 2013
Vaginal Mesh Punitive Damages Increases Jury Award to $11.1M

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 07:18 AM PST

A New Jersey jury has determined that Johnson & Johnson should pay an additional $7.76 million in punitive damages for failing to warn about the risk of severe injury associated with vaginal mesh, adding to a compensatory damage award of $3.35 million returned earlier this week for a woman who experienced problems with Gynecare Prolift mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary.

Following a month-long trial in New Jersey state court, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a combined verdict of $11.1 million in the first of nearly 4,000 Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits the company faces from women who suffered devastating complications when the product eroded through the vagina, caused infections or other health problems.

The case was brought by Linda Gross of South Dakota, who required at least 18 surgeries that she claimed could have been avoided if the manufacturer had adequately warned consumers and the medical community about the possible risk of injuries that may be caused by Gynecare Prolift mesh, which is implanted transvaginally for repair of pelvic organ prolapse and female stress urinary incontinence.

The additional punitive damage award was designed to punish the manufacturer for willful and wanton disregard for the safety of vaginal mesh.
Thousands of Similar Cases Wait for Trial or Settlement

In New Jersey state court, Johnson & Johnson faces at least another 1,800 lawsuits that have been centralized before Judge Higbee for pretrial proceedings. In addition, another 2,000 complaints filed in U.S. District Courts throughout the country have been consolidated in the federal court system as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, which is centralized before U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Judge Goodwin is also presiding over the consolidated pre-trial proceedings in four other vaginal mesh MDLs, each involving similar transvaginal mesh products manufactured by different companies, including C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific and Coloplast Corp. Collectively, the companies face more than 10,000 similar lawsuits.

The trial over Gross’s vaginal mesh injury claim has been closely watched by the legal community, as it serves as a test case for how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be offered through the litigation. It is the second vaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial and the second to result in a large payout for the plaintiff, after a California jury awarded $5.5 million in damages from Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh in July 2012. However, that case did not involve punitive damages.

In the federal court system, a series of “bellwether” trials are scheduled to begin in the coming months, with the first case involving the use of Bard Avaulta mesh. This will be followed by at least three trials expected to begin in December 2013, involving lawsuits over products manufactured by AMS, Ethicon and Boston Scientific. These early test cases could lead to vaginal mesh settlement agreements.
Terlin

Wayne, MI

#7409 Mar 1, 2013
Has anyone have mesh removed and bowel problems get worse, had mine removed 4 mo ago pain now in the crease of the legs to groin and tightnes in sides of hips with severe lower ab pain pulling on my obliques . Can't sit anybody else like this and wondering if the Cleveland clinic help me?
ALIEN BABY

Woodbine, NJ

#7410 Mar 1, 2013
All Meshed Up wrote:
Every morning I get up to read and respond to what I find on this forum. I have to say that I sometimes cannot do it. I get so upset that I have to go and cry. I have lived with mesh for years now. I am in pain most of the time. I get bowel problems and stupid little infections and yet I feel lucky that I am not in as bad shape as many of you that come on here looking for help. I/we should not be doing this. We should all have access to real, truthful information and access to real honest to goodness medical care. We should not have to wonder what is happening and then go on the internet and get help and suggestions from strangers. It is such a crime that we are all going through this and yet the wheels of Justice do not represent us. They drive right over the top of us.........It sucks......My Best Wishes to All of You....
AMU
You give so much of yourself each and every time you are on here. YOU have helped alot of others that have gone or are going through this mesh mess..I hope by helping us in some way it helps you? I cannot say I know what you all feel, I only see what my Pop goes thru and its HELL so I do feel your pain although secondhand. Its a disgrace and you are all, you too ALL MESHED, in my thoughts and prayers daily. I am sending peace light and blessings your way. Try and have a decent night and restful sleep and dreams.
Chuck

Birmingham, AL

#7411 Mar 2, 2013
Does in a ct scan with dye, of the abdominal area show a new hernia? Or the bowels through the defected hole of hernia?
Blair

Montague, Canada

#7412 Mar 2, 2013
Chuck wrote:
Does in a ct scan with dye, of the abdominal area show a new hernia? Or the bowels through the defected hole of hernia?
The ct scan with dye did not show mine, i had one for sure but when they operated there was five. Waste of time and money. I sure wish i had been warned about the mesh by my surgeon and given an option. Then i could of researched the mesh before the implant and found out i had options. All Meshed Up, you help a lot of people, and it makes me sick also to come on here everday and find more victims of mesh. My five surgery's were nothing compared to some cases that are posted. The road to recovery is a long one but never give up trying to get a surgeon who beleives in you. That is not easy but they are some great surgeons, try plastic surgeons.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7413 Mar 2, 2013
Terlin wrote:
Has anyone have mesh removed and bowel problems get worse, had mine removed 4 mo ago pain now in the crease of the legs to groin and tightnes in sides of hips with severe lower ab pain pulling on my obliques . Can't sit anybody else like this and wondering if the Cleveland clinic help me?
My first question would be, Terlin, did they get all the mesh out? Next would be infection? Scar tissue or? strangling your intestines or putting "pressure"?You keep mentioning the bowel problem so I will ask if you have had a Colonoscopy lately? I am thinking maybe have blood, stool and urine teats run. See what that shows. I can't remember if you had an Inguinal hernia? If so the location is perfect for causing damage to nerves, blood flow and such from surgery and subsequent scarring. Let me know......Best Wishes....
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7414 Mar 2, 2013
Thanks George and Alien Baby for your kind words and thoughts. Feeling sorry for myself after a week or so of constant pain and little sleep. 1-900-WAaaaaa! Gotta pay to WAaaa. Anyway, Whatevers' post of the Linda Gross trial....The biggest line in the whole page is near the bottom. Anyone want to guess what line I am talking about?( Jeapordy theme music in the background!) "J&J Ethicon will appeal the decision." Thats the one that I'm talking about, folks. It ain't over till its over, Pilgrim.......
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7415 Mar 2, 2013
Blair wrote:
<quoted text>
The ct scan with dye did not show mine, i had one for sure but when they operated there was five. Waste of time and money. I sure wish i had been warned about the mesh by my surgeon and given an option. Then i could of researched the mesh before the implant and found out i had options. All Meshed Up, you help a lot of people, and it makes me sick also to come on here everday and find more victims of mesh. My five surgery's were nothing compared to some cases that are posted. The road to recovery is a long one but never give up trying to get a surgeon who beleives in you. That is not easy but they are some great surgeons, try plastic surgeons.
Hey there Blair, Thanks Mucho for your understanding of where I am coming from on all of this. I too come on here everyday and am appaled at the number of people we are now seeing but the stories are all the same for the most part. THAT is what is getting to me. The lack of info from the Dr.'s ala Linda Gross. The absolute mindless way that the FDA goes about its buisness cozying up to the manufacturers and lawyers to the detriment of Mesh Victims. Mesh Victims that are continueing to increase in numbers both men and women, old, young, healthy, not so healthy, new surgeries ( that really pisses me off!) and old surgeries. It has been the same story different face ever since I have been on this site. It trully grieves me. I have had long talks with Bruce about this. He was totally overwhelmed and still is with new phone calls and requests for help everyday. And it continues. I am not a Dr. but I have had enough experience, tutoring ( thanks Bruce )and a lot of research under my belt to know that the status quo cannot continue. And I hope that in some way I can give back what was given to me in the beginning of this mesh nightmare. Knowledge, understanding and no nonsense information about what will and can happen now that we have mesh. And it continues........Best Wishes to You and your Family, Blair
Terlin

Wayne, MI

#7416 Mar 2, 2013
All Meshed Up wrote:
<quoted text> My first question would be, Terlin, did they get all the mesh out? Next would be infection? Scar tissue or? strangling your intestines or putting "pressure"?You keep mentioning the bowel problem so I will ask if you have had a Colonoscopy lately? I am thinking maybe have blood, stool and urine teats run. See what that shows. I can't remember if you had an Inguinal hernia? If so the location is perfect for causing damage to nerves, blood flow and such from surgery and subsequent scarring. Let me know......Best Wishes....
Yes doc said all mesh and plugs removed also scar tissue on colon removed gastro dosnt think that scar tissue is my problem had a sigmoidoscopy done found nothing,it was inguinal also have urinating problems .

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