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Julie

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Aug 12, 2007
 
I had an umbilical hernia repair in 2005. I dont know what type of mesh was used. I have had abdominal pain, constipation and then diahrea. Recently I was in the emergency room with severe pain in my addomen and they thought it was my appendix. It turned out not to be. I have had catscan after catscan and nothing turns out. I finally found a doctor to care and he is going to remove the hernia mesh patch. If anyone has had this done please let me know how it went and how difficult it was to recover from.
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#150
Aug 13, 2007
 
Hello my brother is suffering now from a Prlene Patch surgery he had a few years ago. Every since, he has been in severe pain sometimes to the point where he can't walk. He now says that he is having severe diarrhea. He is looking for anyone to help him. If you know if anything that will help him, please email him and let hime know something. His email address is play4dre@hotmail.com.
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#151
Aug 13, 2007
 
If you HAD to choose between Ethicon Prolene mesh and a gortex mesh...which would you recommend? In 2002 I had Mersilene mesh put in to repair a botched hysterectomy. In 2005 i began experiencing bleeding a discharge. A doctor eventually diagnosed me w/mesh erosion.During the surgery to remove it, there were complications. The surgeon said there was so much scar tissue that he literally had to chip it away and couldn't remove all the mesh. He somehow perforated my rectum and I nearly died. I was hospitalized for 6 wks, most of that in ICU. I was left with a recto-vaginal fistula, a colostomy and a huge abdominal incisional hernia. i tell people i feel like i'm 14 mths pregnant with none of the usual expectations. I've had the fistual and colostomy repaired and hopefully am nearing the end of my journey. However, to repair this extrememly large hernia, they have to use mesh....which terrifies me. one dr i've seen at UAB wants to use Ethicon Prolene mesh and another wants to use a gortex mesh, which has the one side that discourages scarring. So, any advice on my dehlimma would be much appreciated. I'm a 48 y/o woman raising my 3y/o grandson. I need this one to go better so that I can be around for him and will be capable of taking care of him. Thanks.
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Deborah

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#152
Aug 13, 2007
 
i am so grateful to have found this site when i did!!!! has anyone had a problem with MERSILEN MESH manufactured by ETHICON. last year i had to have it removed due to erosion and the surgery to remove it was botched. I am now trying to decide which type mesh to use to repair this God-Awful abdominal hernia and thus far have been given two options. The gortex or Ethicon Prolene mesh. I would like to hear back from anyone who has had experience with the Mersilen mesh as well as anyone that could make a recommendation as to what type of mesh to use to repair thise extremely large hernia. Thanks
Joe_M

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#153
Aug 13, 2007
 
I'll try this agan,,
Does anyone out thier knows what kind of hernia patch they used in 1996?,,I have been going through nothing but ----!!!I lay flat on my back almost 24/7..No doctor want's to check it out without$$$$ of test,I want them to search find destory but,no luck,,I have no insurance,,Any and all info would be a blessing to me,,Thank's for reading this,,,Joe in Okla,,
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#154
Aug 13, 2007
 
Margie wrote:
In 1999, it was discovered that the extreme cronic abdominal pain I had lived with was not
IBS as had been diagnosed but was a large ventral hernia from a prior surgery.
The second surgeon did a mesh repair. About 6 months after that I began having recurring bowel obstructions and was in and out of the hospital 6 times.
Last August I was again in the E.R. after trying to hang on at home for 4 days in agonizing pain. The CAT showed that I had 4
obstructions and surgery was done the following day.
My surgeon said he had never seen anything
like my condition. My bowel tissue had grown over and into the mesh. The mesh was removed
along with part of my intestine in a 4 hour surgery. My recovery was complicated by a MRSA Staph infection which formed an abscess below the incision and nearly took my life. It took 3 months for the open wound to heal.
Currently, I feel better than I have in 10 years and I believe that removing the mesh was
the answer for me. Only time will tell.
He there, I am experiencing a very similar experience. In november of 2004 I had a small umbilical hernia as a result of a myomectomy, repaired with mesh and 6 months later I got a large abdominal hernia in my right side. I had gotten more large fibroids and my surgeons decided to do a full hysterectomy with a mesh repair for the hernia in november of 2005. by christmas I had a severe pain at the sight of my first mesh and developed a boil on my belly button, it finally healed about a month later and I was feeling pretty good for about 6 months, then in August of 2005 I started swelling up from head to toe and suffered in extreme pain for 4 months to follow. I had gained 36 pounds in about 3 weeks and I looked like the sta-puft-marshmallow man. By november I began to loose weight and the swelling was going down when I got a hard not at my surgery site and suffered from extreme pain. They did an ultrasound and said I had fluid and an abcess and scheduled immediate surgery that was 8 months ago and I have not healed. I have MRSA and found out today that they are going to have to go back in and possibley remove the mesh and put another one in. I had an MRI that showed my bowel loop adhered to the mesh. I as seeing a plastic surgeon who is going to operate, and I am very worried about the entire proceedure. What happens when they remove the intestine? I am hoping this will be my last surgery and I too will find better health and relief.
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#155
Aug 13, 2007
 
hey miami-- I would like to speak with you regarding your case against Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson. I am a victim of erosion and infection of mersilene mesh manufactured by Ethicon and have retained an attorney.At this point they're considering not pursuing the product aspect of the case. meanwhile, a surgeon has suggested Ethicon Prolene mesh to repair the montrous incisional hernia which resulted during the surgery to remove the prior mesh. please e-mail me at mosfolly@yahoo.com to exchange phone numbers.
thanx
Deborah

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lana wrote:
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Hi Blake,
Sorry for what you are going through. Research the mesh so that you have an understanding of what is inside of you.
I had a Gynecare TVT Prolene mesh tape in December of 2001 and nearly died from it. I got necrotizing fasciitis, flesh eating bacteria, at the left incision site of the Prolene mesh tape.I could not bend my left leg for several weeks after the surgery.
The infection hides in the mesh. There is no blood supply there and the antibiotics are not delivered to the infection. That may be the reason for your infection.
Be sure to see a specialist. Most surgeons do not really understand the properties of the polypropylene meshes that they implant. When there are complications, they frequently have not been taught how to deal with them.
Google marlex mesh complications and you will find a lot of information...or marlex mesh plus whatever you might think of...
Hope your pain gets better soon...
peace and blessings, Lana
p.s. I have filed a product liability lawsuit against Gynecare, Ethicon, Inc and Johnson & Johnson in the United States District court for the Southern District of Florida. I filed it Pro Se without a lawyer.
Case#06-21116-Civ-Ungaro Lana Keeton v. Ethicon Inc.(d/b/a Gynecare Worldwide)and Johnson & Johnson
It goes to trial on October 1, 2007.
Anyone who wants to testify about your problems with Ethicon's Prolene Mesh tape, please contact me. It is used for everything from hernia mesh to bladder suspension.
miamiblog@bellsouth.net
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#156
Aug 15, 2007
 
on sept 9 2005 i had a hernia repair with Proceed Mesh . Since then i have been experiencing leakage and burning sensation and swelling of the right side of my abdomen. The leakage is so severe that i have to keep changing the dressing . So far i've been open twice by doctors saying that's a very bad infection . Just wondering if the Proceed Mesh is the cause of all this. I have been researching and came open your page with simalar symptoms to mine. It looks like a lump to me but the doctor calls it a abcess then it burst and the infection keeps coming out for months at a time then another one shows up till it does the same thing again. Wonder if anyone could help me out .If yes please email me at suzy_9911@hotmail.com Thanks
Bruce

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Aug 17, 2007
 
suzanne ontario canada wrote:
on sept 9 2005 i had a hernia repair with Proceed Mesh . Since then i have been experiencing leakage and burning sensation and swelling of the right side of my abdomen. The leakage is so severe that i have to keep changing the dressing . So far i've been open twice by doctors saying that's a very bad infection . Just wondering if the Proceed Mesh is the cause of all this. I have been researching and came open your page with simalar symptoms to mine. It looks like a lump to me but the doctor calls it a abcess then it burst and the infection keeps coming out for months at a time then another one shows up till it does the same thing again. Wonder if anyone could help me out .If yes please email me at suzy_9911@hotmail.com Thanks
Suzy,
Proceed mesh was recalled January, 2006. Was it put in after that?. Call Ethicon in N.J., file an Adverse Event Report and get a claim #. Then file an Adverse Event Report with the FDA. Please E-mail me again at Brosenberg1@bellsouth.net I will send you instructions with contact #'s. Proceed was recalled due to the protective "Orc" layer separating from the polypropylene mesh. The mesh can erode through surrounding tissue and adhere to your bowel. Please don't panic, We'll try and help you through this with information and research to show your physician. There are other physician's who have experience with this, contact me for info.

Bruce
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#158
Aug 17, 2007
 
Someone please help me! I am watching my brother walk around day-by-day in excruciating pain from his hernia surgery. He had the Prolene patch put in place a few years ago and his pain keeps getting worse. His doctors told him that he has fatty tissue growing around the mesh which is causing the pain, but they do not want to operate on him again. He has severe diarrhea and very severe abdominal pains, often to the point where he can't walk. Can someone please help us.
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Aug 17, 2007
 
call your Congressman. news papper. news stations.
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#160
Aug 17, 2007
 
HI. I went thew nerve block shots. nerve block meds. etc, etc, etc, and on and on. E-mail is Cliomauers@centurytel.net I had the Ethicon phs hernia mesh and in coasted pain.
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#161
Aug 18, 2007
 
I had a hernia repair in 1999 using Marlex mesh. In 2005, I woke up shaking, barely able to function. I could barely walk or talk. Heart palpitations, blood pressure issues, etc. Two years later, I found out my body rejected the mesh. These products are petroleum based people. Have you not been reading about plastic water bottles LEACHING chemicals out? Dr. William Rea in Dallas says it poisoned me. I had it removed in October of 2006 and gained 20 pounds back to my normal weight. I am now detoxing from the chemicals and it has been a living hell. I feel burning chemicals out of my skin. Somebody needs to be held responsible for these crap. They are poisoning people and it goes on and on. If anyone had Marlex, email me at Bobcat4956@aol.com Good luck to all.
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Aug 18, 2007
 
Blake Stinner wrote:
I'm having the same issues. Following up with another surgeon in 3 weeks. had marlex mesh, severe infection, and still having pain!
I have had 2 surgeries now after having an infected large Marlex plug with a Marlex patch over the top of it implanted for a right inguinal hernia repair. The repair was done in 2002 and the infection didn't spread away from the sight until 2005. It thought he come and go pain and inflammation was part of the deal. My immune system apparently suppressed it until then according to the infectious disease doc I met with. I'm now 2 weeks out from the mesh removal surgery. He didn't get it all out (new surgeon) which tells the ID doc that I will have recurring infection at the sight. I will be persistent until I find a Doc who is willing to dig it all out of there. The plug is the problem. Too messy. I'm 40 and don't want to spend the rest of my life on antibiotics and in and out of Dr.'s offices and surgery. What recourse do I have to retaliate against these incompetent, unaccountable and insensitive bores who hurt me and have cost me the past 5 years of my health? Again: The brand of the mesh is Marlex. The surgery was done at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston. The doctor is now retired. The infection didn't abscess for 3 years after the surgery and that's when it cultured out as staph. Now it cultures out as Bacillus Cereus which baffled the Infectious Disease Dr. Apparently it infects rice and produces a toxic spore in the same genus as anthrax. Whatever. Somebody HELP. I can be reached at jokergeary@sbcglobal.net .

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Aug 18, 2007
 
Julie wrote:
I had an umbilical hernia repair in 2005. I dont know what type of mesh was used. I have had abdominal pain, constipation and then diahrea. Recently I was in the emergency room with severe pain in my addomen and they thought it was my appendix. It turned out not to be. I have had catscan after catscan and nothing turns out. I finally found a doctor to care and he is going to remove the hernia mesh patch. If anyone has had this done please let me know how it went and how difficult it was to recover from.
Recovery was just like my original surgery. I had complications with my original one and was in a great deal of pain but my GP gave me enough medication to get over the hump when my surgeon refused to. Make sure you have that lined up if you need it and you'll be fine. Do it, but make absolutely sure you have someone who has experience with this type of surgery and has done it successfully many times. This means gets ALL sutures AND mesh out. Most good surgeons don't give infections so they don't know how to fix someone else's (nor want to). Because of this: In my case the surgeon did the removal surgery and stopped 75% of the way through because he got in over his head and left infected mesh in there so I might as well have not had it done in the first place. Once I recover I plan to have it done again but with a better more experienced surgeon. Mike
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Aug 19, 2007
 
Bruce wrote:
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Suzy,
Proceed mesh was recalled January, 2006. Was it put in after that?. Call Ethicon in N.J., file an Adverse Event Report and get a claim #. Then file an Adverse Event Report with the FDA. Please E-mail me again at Brosenberg1@bellsouth.net I will send you instructions with contact #'s. Proceed was recalled due to the protective "Orc" layer separating from the polypropylene mesh. The mesh can erode through surrounding tissue and adhere to your bowel. Please don't panic, We'll try and help you through this with information and research to show your physician. There are other physician's who have experience with this, contact me for info.
Bruce
Hi Bruce,
The mesh was put in September 9, 2005, so it was before January 2006. Does that mean, that the mesh that I had is a recall?
Jim from Jersey

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Aug 19, 2007
 
Brokenbastard wrote:
Im going in for double hernia surgey shoulld i even go in??
No dont do it unless they can do it the old way and use just the stitches, I am in so much pain that it becomes unbarable at times, I have had a second operation and am still in a lot of pain I am now in pain management that is not working either. Make sure you really do your home work before hand.
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#166
Aug 19, 2007
 
I had a hernia surgey in Dec. 05, when the surgeon opened me he wrote yhat there was no direct or indirect hernia to speak of, but he performed the operation anyway, 2 days after the operation I was put on morphine for pain that didn't help, 2 weeks later, the surgeon started nerve blocks that only aggravted everything, he did tell me he may have stitched the ilio inguinal nerve after 6 to 8 months of pain he told me he wanted to reoperate and wanted to cut me open again, I wanted a second opinion and foud once the inguinal nerve is effected, it will never be the same, this surgeon went in and Ligated the nerve, but left the mesh behind from the first operation, I can no longer feel my groin when it is touched but do feel pressure, I am still in constant pain and have been going thru pain management to have the nerve blocks, that is only making matters worse, the pain doctor now wants to implant a pacemaker in my butt cheeck and run wires to my spinal column and then into my left groin. This is extemely experimental and not FDA approved, I have been taking #10 Percocet for so long that even they don't help anymore, this has been going on now for almost 2 years and I can't stand it anymore, the pain seems so deep that it radiates thoughout my groin, upper left thigh and my left scrotum, the only thing that kind of helps is ice but once it is on I don't want to take it off. If anyone else is having these same problems, i really would like to hear from you I am only 44 years old so I am still kind of young and feel I shouln't have to be goin thru this, by the way my second operation was March 2007 I would like to hear from you, coach_jim2001@yahoo.com put hernia in subject line.
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Aug 19, 2007
 
suzanne ontario canada wrote:
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Hi Bruce,
The mesh was put in September 9, 2005, so it was before January 2006. Does that mean, that the mesh that I had is a recall?
Suzy,
Not sure you are getting my regular e-mails. E-mail me your phone # or fax #, I will send you the FDA recall notice which list each package lot # for Proceed. Your doctor must give you your #. Yours was likely recalled also, either way you are having trouble
with it and need to see an experienced surgeon who has evaluated mesh complications for potential removal or modification. I will provide research info and contact #'s. Bruce at brosenberg1@bellsouth.net
Lana Miami

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Jim from Jersey wrote:
<quoted text>No dont do it unless they can do it the old way and use just the stitches, I am in so much pain that it becomes unbarable at times, I have had a second operation and am still in a lot of pain I am now in pain management that is not working either. Make sure you really do your home work before hand.
Jim from Jersey is really right...don't do anything with a mesh if you can avoid it. It works because your own tissue heals into the pores of the mesh. If you have complications after your tissue has healed into the mesh, you can not get the mesh out without damaging your healthy tissue.

Also, if you get an infection it hides in the mesh. There is no blood supply in the mesh. Antibiotics are only delivered through your blood.

I have a hiatal hernia. I did not have surgery. My chiropractor adjusted it and did acupuncture. I also take digestive enzymes. Every six or eight months, i do the acupuncture again. It has worked well for me and I did not have to have surgery.

I also chew my food really well and avoid heavy fatty foods. It has worked well for me. I can even eat pizza if I want.

think long and hard before you put any kind of mesh inside of your body!!!

peace and blessings, Lana

miamiblog@bellsouth.net

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