Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns ...

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

There are 8231 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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Evelyne

Boise, ID

#1252 Aug 12, 2008
this guy Nick who now calls himself Neil must have a lot of free time on his hands to continue harrassing the suffering people on this site as he does. I wonder what he gets out of it?
Chip

Cumberland, MD

#1253 Aug 12, 2008
I had surgery for Crohns disease in 1992, took out part of my bowel. The incision became infected and I had to do wet to dry dressings letting it heal from the inside out. This happened while I was in the service. In 2005 I ended up with 2 hernias along the midline scar. I went in for surgery and a Bard Composix mesh patch was put in. I had quite a bit of discomfort, my DR worked with me and we got the pain under control. 6 months later I developed another hernia at the area where the patch would have ended. My DR put another patch in to cover that one. Now remember I suffer from Crohn's disease and stomach pain, fever, and most of the other symptoms most of you all have experienced. While reading the local paper I seen an ad for an attorney about hernia mesh being recalled. After getting copies of my surgical reports, I had the patch that was recalled. My Surgeon did not hesitate, about fixing it. After several discussions we decided to remove the memory ring that was the failure in the recall.

Surgery went well, I was told that the ring had not broke and he was able to remove it. I was also told that part of the mesh had rolled up and he had to disect it from the muscle. The pain in my side is now gone and I am doing well. My doctor also told me that since I have had so many surgerys that I would probably develop another hernia. I really trust my DR. He never tried to sugar coat anything and was upfront about every surgery he has done on me in the past 3 years. I hope you all can find a DR like mine. I know it is hard to find one that is not worried about being sued and worries about his/her patient. I have filed the paper work to go after bard and their defective patches. The law firm tells me that my case is strong. This is my hernia experience and I hope it might help someone to read something kinda positive.
RonR

Flushing, NY

#1254 Aug 13, 2008
I have posted before regarding the marlex mesh perfix plug and the irreversible nerve damage that the meshoma has done. But, the bottom line is that there are more success stories than failures. When they tested these meshes on animals there was a small percentage that experienced what we are experiencing, "but the want of the many out weighs the want of the one"
I believe that out of every 1000 procedures there are 3 that have long term complications, and since the Supreme court ruling on suing medical device manufactures, there doesn't seem to be any law firms will to take up the cause, does anyone know of any lawfirm actively pursuing compensation for the horrendous results of what the mesh has done to the few who are suffering.
Brad from Nevada

Reno, NV

#1255 Aug 13, 2008
RonR,
Application of the Principle of Utility ("but the want of the many outweight the want on the one") would be much easier with a factual starting point. Your belief,that 3 of every 1000 procedures results in long term complications, is ostensibly not based in reality. You also state that a small percentage animals experience what we are experiencing. Could you provide any sources citing animals complaing of chronic groin pain?
KenG riffiths

Edmonton, Canada

#1256 Aug 14, 2008
HI--IVE HAD 5 l. inguinal hernia surgeries & 3 times mesh was put in. i have so much pain that i cannot sleep unless completely exhausted. pain relievers ms contin percocet help minimally but withoutthem id be much worse yet. dont have any answers. sholdice clinic in Toronto said '''you are in the worst case scenario'' cant take the mesh out & yet live with hellish pain.feel i am owed compensation for defevtive meshes but how do i get it?
RonR

Flushing, NY

#1257 Aug 14, 2008
Brad from Nevada wrote:
RonR,
Application of the Principle of Utility ("but the want of the many outweight the want on the one") would be much easier with a factual starting point. Your belief,that 3 of every 1000 procedures results in long term complications, is ostensibly not based in reality. You also state that a small percentage animals experience what we are experiencing. Could you provide any sources citing animals complaing of chronic groin pain?
It is simply that the manufactures are making a quite a profit selling these mesh kits to health providers that the few that due have complications is just cost of doing business, as to the animal testing I was trying to understate that fact that they died, sorry.
RonR

Flushing, NY

#1258 Aug 14, 2008
KenG riffiths wrote:
HI--IVE HAD 5 l. inguinal hernia surgeries & 3 times mesh was put in. i have so much pain that i cannot sleep unless completely exhausted. pain relievers ms contin percocet help minimally but withoutthem id be much worse yet. dont have any answers. sholdice clinic in Toronto said '''you are in the worst case scenario'' cant take the mesh out & yet live with hellish pain.feel i am owed compensation for defevtive meshes but how do i get it?
I have sent all my medical records and notes pertaining to my condition to Ms. Hersh and Ms. Eskin at http://www.hershlaw.com/ , they have been quite understanding and are investigating said issues which do not fall under the Supreme court ruling regarding Lawsuits of defective medical device products.
Jan

Minneapolis, MN

#1259 Aug 14, 2008
Evelyne is right - let's all ignore Nick and when he stops getting the attention he so desperately desires, he will go elsewhere.
jessica

Chicago, IL

#1260 Aug 17, 2008
hi im jessica and im 13 years of age..my mother had a hernia repAIR ABOUT 4-5 YEARS AGO N WELL SHE HASN'T BEEN DAH SAME PERSON I ONCE KNEW SINCE.SHES BEEN SUFFERING FOR A LONG TIME.
SHES GOTTIN WORSE AND WORSE. MORE BAD THINGS HAVE HAPPEN 2 HER ONE AFTER ANOTHER.AT TIMES SHE CAN HARDLY WALK, SHE GETS SEVERE STOMACH AKES AND HAS LOTS OF PAIN IN LOWER AND UPPER BACK. N FOR ALONG TIME SHE HAD REALLY BAD SHOLDER PAIN.. I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR HER. EVEN 2 DIS DAY SHE STILL GOES THROUGH UNEXPLAINABLE PAIN.. HOWEVER NOW OUR QUESTION IS ANSWERED.. ITS THE MESH!!!!!!!! POOR MOM...:{
betty

New Albany, IN

#1261 Aug 18, 2008
My husband had lower hernia surgery in 1/26/07. He is still having pain and tenderness at that spot. We have heard about the Bard Mesh hernia patch recall. Has anyone ever heard of Barb Mesh hernia patch? I couldn't find anything out about the Barb Mesh hernia patch. Everything that we have gotten from the Dr. and the hospital say Barb Mesh. But the lot number is #43HQD159 which is the same as one of the recalls. Can someone please help me. You can email me at [email protected] it would be greatly appreciated.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#1262 Aug 18, 2008
I'm looking for information regarding the Perfix plug/patch.Class action lawsuits or any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Richard Howden

Grand Junction, CO

#1263 Aug 18, 2008
Yo! Nick.....We are NOT saying all mesh will kill us. My Prolene mesh twisted and crumpled because of the way it was manufactured. Not because of the Dr. or anything else. The common thread of this blog is that people are in a lot of pain, that Dr.'s don't know, don't care or they do not want to get involved in a situation they feel may implicate them with the problems associated with the different meshs. My original Dr. wouldn't call me back when I started having problems. It took a year to find someone that had the knowledge and technical expertise to remove the mesh and eventually a large amount of scar tissue and my right testicle. I am told now that the pain I am in will be with me the rest of my life. Some times I can only curl up in bed and wait for the meds to kick in. Other times I will feel OK then BAM!...I'm doubled over in pain. And what I find the most infuriating is that I am a mild case. And Jack---es like you go around and say the stupidist things about which you have no knowledge, sensitivity or understanding. The folks on this Blog are looking for answers not Bull---t from jerks like you. I'll reiterate what AOL said GO AWAY AND GET A LIFE! As to the rest of you.....I send much love and prayers.......rmh

Since: Apr 07

stockton ca

#1264 Aug 18, 2008
Richard Howden wrote:
Yo! Nick.....We are NOT saying all mesh will kill us. My Prolene mesh twisted and crumpled because of the way it was manufactured. Not because of the Dr. or anything else. The common thread of this blog is that people are in a lot of pain, that Dr.'s don't know, don't care or they do not want to get involved in a situation they feel may implicate them with the problems associated with the different meshs. My original Dr. wouldn't call me back when I started having problems. It took a year to find someone that had the knowledge and technical expertise to remove the mesh and eventually a large amount of scar tissue and my right testicle. I am told now that the pain I am in will be with me the rest of my life. Some times I can only curl up in bed and wait for the meds to kick in. Other times I will feel OK then BAM!...I'm doubled over in pain. And what I find the most infuriating is that I am a mild case. And Jack---es like you go around and say the stupidist things about which you have no knowledge, sensitivity or understanding. The folks on this Blog are looking for answers not Bull---t from jerks like you. I'll reiterate what AOL said GO AWAY AND GET A LIFE! As to the rest of you.....I send much love and prayers.......rmh
RMH..You are so right on everything. I am also a mild case compared to what I have read here. I know what you mean about the BAM effect..Hurts like hell.. I have posted a pic here but, don't know if anyone else can see it. It is the mesh that was removed on 2/6/08.. Doing good now but still acts up.. My best to everyone...Linda K
DG in IL

La Porte, IN

#1265 Aug 18, 2008
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DG in IL

La Porte, IN

#1266 Aug 18, 2008
I like most here have read through the vast range of posts on this board looking for answers for a loved one. My wife had a standard umbilical hernia repair back in 2004. After ten days or so she felt as though she had a re occurrence. It took almost a year for a different doctor to feel that she did indeed still have a hernia. We found a doctor locally (SW Chicago suburbs) that used what we were told was the Kugel patch. All seemed fine at first but not long after she had a lot of tenderness and pain in the same area. Of course we were told it wasn’t anything regarding the patch, so we looked at a variety of other things. A year later we returned to looking at the patch as a possible source of problems, but were reassured the one used was the smallest Kugel and wasn’t among the defective ones recalled. She was told she had an enlarged uterus, and was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy. While in there we decided to have the same hernia Dr. re-do the patch. I know we know wish we had gone a different route but at the time it didn’t seem like “the” issue. Well a year later she continued to have increased pain and other weird symptoms evolve. We have been through an apparent misdiagnosis of porphyria and spent most of 2007 chasing that without the labs to support it. One of the things that fit with the porphyria were symptoms that seemed to indicate a wide array of autoimmune diseases. That is where we are at today, no known cause, and much abdominal and pelvic pain. We have had all the work ups for OB/GYM, G.I., you name it. Even went to Mayo last summer and was told there was nothing they found, so they suggested something called visceral abdominal pain which basically means they can find no source. As I said before she has shown indicators for a variety of auto immune diseases including sjogrens, crohns, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and hypothyroid (which she takes medicine for now). She often says she just feels ill along with the pain in her groin/abdominal area. Can anyone like Bruce tell me if these are similar symptoms that go along with cases where people experience mesh rejection. If so there are more symptoms to add and would like to see about any recommended doctors in the Midwest experienced with mesh complications and removal, maybe the Dr in St. Louis? FYI, she has been seeing a pain management specialist for as long as this has been going on. We have also requested her surgical reports. Like so many others, at the end of our ropes and looking for answers. Any constructive help would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Bruce

Miami, FL

#1267 Aug 18, 2008
DG, This is long, sorry!!(:
There are a few theories regarding (seemingly) multiple autoimune responses. Sympathetic symptoms such as night sweats, fevers, weakness, wasting (severe weight loss),
arthritic conditions,(misdiagnosis of lupis, etc.) Many symptoms are likely related to underlying infection trapped in folded mesh, or the pores of the mesh. Hidden small fistulas are hard to detect. Typical blood test may not identify the infection. Sometimes found at exploratory or finally when it breaks out as puss or sores. Try information for Phone number Dr. Robert Galloway in Georgia specializes in this.
Physical pain, though typical of nerve entrapment or the "meshoma" issue of a hardened lump of mesh and scar tissue putting pressure on adjoining structures is a problem because many patients, especially women had mistaken erroneous hysterectomies done, and bladder injuries from tapes for urinary incontinence (See Lana's excellent info on previous posts and her site.)
An excellent theory from Mary Ann Towne, PHD Physical Therapy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl) is that of Myofascial Pain Syndromes: When the mesh and scar tissue contracts (inherent to mesh complication due to continuous foreign body reaction, which does not happen as severely in traditional non-mesh repair)..The various myofascial plains, from your head to your toes are distorted. This pulling effect can create pain far away from the source of contracture. Picture a t-shirt with graphed lines on it: now twist the groin area with your fingers. Note how the lines distort all the way up to the neck: Conclusion: A contracting mesh in the groin or mid-abdomen can create rib/chest pain, shoulder pain, leg pain. Posture can change, ambulation issues arise.
Your wife is not crazy or alone. You need the right doctor to recognize the cause and severity of her surgical injuries, possible adhesions, infection and mesh contracture. Try Dr. Galloway, or contact me at [email protected] I'll try and find one for you. Prepare to travel.
Feel Better,
Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
Karen

AOL

#1268 Aug 19, 2008
Had a hurnia repair done in 2001 still having problems with nerve damage.Hurnia in my groin how can I find out what mesh I have and how to find a doctor that will help me I hit a brick wall searching for help. [email protected]
Jan

Minneapolis, MN

#1269 Aug 20, 2008
Chip wrote:
I had surgery for Crohns disease in 1992, took out part of my bowel. The incision became infected and I had to do wet to dry dressings letting it heal from the inside out. This happened while I was in the service. In 2005 I ended up with 2 hernias along the midline scar. I went in for surgery and a Bard Composix mesh patch was put in. I had quite a bit of discomfort, my DR worked with me and we got the pain under control. 6 months later I developed another hernia at the area where the patch would have ended. My DR put another patch in to cover that one. Now remember I suffer from Crohn's disease and stomach pain, fever, and most of the other symptoms most of you all have experienced. While reading the local paper I seen an ad for an attorney about hernia mesh being recalled. After getting copies of my surgical reports, I had the patch that was recalled. My Surgeon did not hesitate, about fixing it. After several discussions we decided to remove the memory ring that was the failure in the recall.
Surgery went well, I was told that the ring had not broke and he was able to remove it. I was also told that part of the mesh had rolled up and he had to disect it from the muscle. The pain in my side is now gone and I am doing well. My doctor also told me that since I have had so many surgerys that I would probably develop another hernia. I really trust my DR. He never tried to sugar coat anything and was upfront about every surgery he has done on me in the past 3 years. I hope you all can find a DR like mine. I know it is hard to find one that is not worried about being sued and worries about his/her patient. I have filed the paper work to go after bard and their defective patches. The law firm tells me that my case is strong. This is my hernia experience and I hope it might help someone to read something kinda positive.
Chip, I am so glad you found a good doctor. I just wanted to mention that in many of these bard davol mesh cases, they have discovered that the mesh shrunk after installation and pulled away from the ring - that's what I believe has happened to me.
lisa peacock

Rocky Mount, NC

#1270 Aug 22, 2008
My dad had hernia surgery two years ago and has had terrible abdominal pains, fever, passing out, due to blood clots and just had a device put in surgically, a filter to trap the blood clots hopefully as he could have died. He has felt bad since the mesh was placed and has had nothing but trouble, having to continue to go back and forth to the doctor.
Richard Howden

Grand Junction, CO

#1271 Aug 22, 2008
Hello Michelle, if you have had the Marlex mesh installed that is a good place to start. Marlex mesh is now being blamed for infections 3-5 years or more after the implant. I have a friend who's Mother is now dealing with infections 8 yrs after surgery. Best Wishes.......rmh
Michelle wrote:
Hi, I have several hernia patches in my abdomen, I had a servere infection for over a year. I went in to have a hystorectomy but the doctor found more problems. My doctors told my family that there was to much damage & I wouldn't make it through the night but I did. I had infection built up in my stomach not to mention blood. Dr. Rupert Thomas went in prepared for complications so He took a surgeon with him just in case. I had a blood vessel in my stomach that was torn. He still doesn't know why I keep geting these infections but NO WILL TOUCH THE MESH IN MY STOMACH. So I have no clue what to do. The mesh I have is Marlex Mesh. I am just trying to find out if there is a recall on it.....
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