Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns ...

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

There are 8252 comments on the PRWeb story from Feb 4, 2007, titled Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns of Death and Serious Healt.... In it, PRWeb reports that:

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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linda windham

Booneville, MS

#1 Feb 22, 2007
i had the medium kugel patch ,and had to have it removed.9 days later .due to infection caused from the patch.has anyone else had this problem and is this patch on the recall list thanks mslinda300@yahoo.com
James Verner

Toronto, Canada

#2 Mar 7, 2007
I had hernia sugery 4 years ago and have had bad ab pain since the 1st week of the mesh being put in.I also have blood (lots) when I have a bowel movement 3-10 days per month.The surgen never warned me about this type of thing and my own Dr could not figure out the problem.Looks like Ive figured it out in about 5 mins of going online.Now my Dr has ordered a operations report.Anyone else experiencing this please contact me. jverner_1@msn.com
donna prestenbach

Patterson, LA

#3 Mar 8, 2007
My husband has been having abdominal pain, and, at times passing lots of blood when he has a bowel movement. I was wondering what are some of the other symptons. He has some kind of mesh from a double hernia surgery.


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Pearl City, HI

#5 Apr 15, 2007
I had the hernia patch put in 2002. Since then I have had unexplained blood loss, transfusins, severe abdominal problems that led to the diagnosis of Colitis, then serious heart palpitations when I eat and the list goes on. I kept telling ALL the docs that there was something wrong in my abdomen. It felt like I had lots of scar tissue inside. I saw the ad on TV for the recall. Called my surgeon and sure enough, I have the recalled patch! Now, I go in next week, for a consutation and then surgery.
My e-mail is LeezaAnn63@hotmail.com
I wuld love to hear from anybody else that has had their patch removed.

Tabatha Kelley

Chesapeake, VA

#7 Apr 24, 2007
My husband is in the army and he had a surgery on a hernia in the groin area. he had the surgery in 2005. He is in kuwait at this time and he is still in pain and now he has a double hernia. he had a Keyholder Inguninal Hernia repair.I want to know if this is a recall.
Linda Kaiser

Perris, CA

#8 Apr 25, 2007
I had inguinal hernia surgery in jan of 06 & i still have pain. No 2 days are the same. According to the oper report it was a PHS mesh that was used.. Does anyone have any info on this? It is making my life miserable living with this

Austin, TX

#9 Apr 29, 2007
I have all the same symptoms, blood im my stool at least 3 to 4 times a month. Heart palpitations so my doctor took me off the allergy meds I was on, severe pain in my abdomen, ob/gyn said all's fine. The doctor that did my surgery refuses to see me, because as the nurse put it I was late to one appointment. I called another doctor and the nurse said they can't see me either. My doctor said I have a pulled muscle but the pain feels like it is deeper than that. I cannot work out anymore due to the pain and I am on antibiotics all the time for infections and fever. My doctor said it's stress at work. I quit my job and I am still sick. Some days I can barely get out of bed. Another doctor said that I am depressed. I am not depressed, that much I know. The pain is real and not due to depression. My surgery was in August 2005. I have been sick since. I have no energy and it's not due to my age either. 30 is not old!!!!
Amy S

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 May 4, 2007
I to had hernia surgery in may of 1998. since then I have terrible bowel problems, blood in my stool, quite often and sometimes alot. severe pain in the spot of my hernia and burning.it is a gore-tex dualmesh. I think the fda should look into a recall on this brand.. if anyone knows anything please e-mail me at, aseeley2000@yahoo.com thank-you

United States

#11 May 4, 2007
Linda Kaiser wrote:
I had inguinal hernia surgery in jan of 06 & i still have pain. No 2 days are the same. According to the oper report it was a PHS mesh that was used.. Does anyone have any info on this? It is making my life miserable living with this
my name is daniel and i live in perris ca.I also have the PHS mesh patch and plug.ive been having constipation,Bad lower abdominal pains to the point of passing out cant handle it any more ive been going to the doctors since 2004, they still tell me they cant find anything wrong with me,so i still suffer

Avondale, AZ

#12 May 5, 2007
I had a medium kugel patch put in for a hernia repair in 2001, sence then I have had digestive problems, and chronic constipation that lead to my large Intestines(Colon)being removed. I have to eat soft mushy foods, like baby food. It has completely changed my life, causing depression, and other problems as well. Seems as though the medium patch should be recalled as well because it causes the same damage as the large one's.
Janice Bembry

Columbia, SC

#13 May 6, 2007
I had the Gore-Tex Dual Mesh used in a ventral hernia repair in 2004. I've had nothing but problems with it since.I've had numerous places drained after mesh got infected, been hospitalized and also had places drained under local anesthetic in doctor's office several times. I no longer see that doctor since he has relocated to another state. Now I've been to new doctor who has operated twice and I have permanent drainage after he has removed some mesh twice. He says if he operates again I may end up wearing a "bag" because some of my bowel may be caught up in the mesh that's left in me. I have to change the dressing on my abdoman at least twice a day and it has a terrible odor that I can smell all the time. If you know of anything that is being done about this, please let me know.
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#14 May 7, 2007
I had a double hernia surgery i dec-05 and have not had 1 day of releif since then. I have every symptm the people with the recalled kugel patch have but ofcourse mine was made by Ethicon. Is it that big a stretch that the same problem occurs with other brands but just dont get recalled? email me at nickyarnsteen@aol.com if your no better from Ethicon prolen mesh 3x6

Baltimore, MD

#15 May 10, 2007
I had a ventrical hernia in january, doc said it would hurt for a while, funny didnt hurt going in, i went to him and he told me that the cat scan did not show nothing so i took him the xrays, hurts like the dickens go to work two days third day i push it 4th day i am non functional and yes bowl movements not normal like you said , i did figure out if i took a stool softner, it did not hurt so bad on my stomach i hold tmy right side where hernia was so it dont hurt when i do go to bathroom
Tim M


#16 May 11, 2007
Linda Kaiser wrote:
I had inguinal hernia surgery in jan of 06 & i still have pain. No 2 days are the same. According to the oper report it was a PHS mesh that was used.. Does anyone have any info on this? It is making my life miserable living with this
Hi I also had this PHS Inguinal Hernia Surgery Done. Call Me And We Can Talk About It. I just ha the nerve block shots done no help for me. I tride to leave my phone number not condone. eight one owe six nine one one four eight one. hope this helps.
kim b

United States

#17 May 12, 2007
My husband had hernia surgery in december of 06, his stomach hurts him so bad at time he just can't hardly stand it, he also has gained a lot of weight, his stomach has large humps on it that are very tender to even touch. He had hernias on the right and left side of the lower part of his stomach, we took him back to our family dr.. and they couldnt find anything wrong.

Auburn Hills, MI

#18 May 14, 2007
Had hernia repair in 2004. Ended up in hospital for 7 days, due to fistula I developed, and abdominal abcesses. Had the Bard Composix E/X Mesh, 6"x8" Ref: 0123680 Lot # 43IND180.

San Antonio, TX

#19 May 15, 2007
i had a hernia repair done with a mesh in
sept. 2005. A month later i complain to the surgeon that i had a lot of abdominal
pain i was told that my stomach may be to heavy. Well i thought he was wrong, so i seek another doctor and he told me too just used a heating pad and take some motrin. Of course that did'nt work since then i suffer with loose bowels,scar tissue,lot of bacterial infections, and fluid in pelvic area wihtout a clue why?

United States

#20 May 15, 2007
I have been having complications due to my Hernia surgery. I called my surgeons office and spoke to one of the nurses. She informed me that the only way that they could tell if my mesh is causing my medical problems is by them reopening where the repair was done. I believe the mesh I have is not one of the ones that was recalled. It is the 3DP Ethecon Patch by Johnson and Johnson. If anyone has had problems with this patch, please let me know. I want to know how many people have had the same problems as me with this patch and maybe the FDA will look at this and investigate to see if it should also be recalled. If anyone knows the procedures to start an investigation through the FDA to get a mesh looked at for defects, please post the information. Thanks.

Ashburn, VA

#21 May 17, 2007
I had a hernia above my navel repaired last summer. I have had pains in my abdomen(which radiate into my chest and shoulder) swelling, constipation, indigestion--inspite of nexium. They tell me I need a hysterectomy, but the pain is up around my belly button. How do I determine if my patch was one of the recalled ones and who do I see to find out if the patch is what's wrong with me?

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