Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns ...

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

There are 8246 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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All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7013 Dec 22, 2012
carey123 wrote:
high quality and purity research chemicals and plant food Mephedrone
Uh.......OK.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7014 Dec 22, 2012
Merry Christmas everybody! I wish you all a great New Year. We could use it!!!
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7015 Dec 22, 2012
Kaye wrote:
It's frightening to hear that death may actually result from medical device that was supposed to ease pain and discomfort caused by hernia. It is best that patients proactively talk to their doctors about the potential risks of these implants before committing to surgery. There are articles at http://www.bladderslingrecall.us/ that may be of great help to people concerned and interested.
You guys suck....really really suck.

Since: Apr 12

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#7016 Dec 22, 2012
All Meshed Up wrote:
Merry Christmas everybody! I wish you all a great New Year. We could use it!!!
Merry Christmas to you too darlin. And a way better New Year:)
Barbara

Westport, CT

#7017 Dec 23, 2012
All meshed up...do you have an e-mail address? You seem knowledgeable. Do you know anything at all about anyone who has had their mesh removed, or about anyone who has had surgery with Dr. Ramshaw? Thank you.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7018 Dec 24, 2012
Barbara wrote:
All meshed up...do you have an e-mail address? You seem knowledgeable. Do you know anything at all about anyone who has had their mesh removed, or about anyone who has had surgery with Dr. Ramshaw? Thank you.
Yes I do. I will get back to you later this week and will be able to help you out. Best Wishes.....
Theresa

Dundalk, MD

#7019 Dec 25, 2012
Lisa wrote:
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 [email protected]
I wuld love to hear from anybody else that has had their patch removed.
Lisa
I ended up with a colostomy and many problems. Mesh is twiested around my intestines and colon. In constant pain.
Theresa

Dundalk, MD

#7020 Dec 25, 2012
I ended up with a colostomy and many problems...
mzsharkeater

Dawson Creek, Canada

#7021 Dec 25, 2012
Winston wrote:
I have a friend who had hernia surgery just over a year ago and had to go back in to hospital to find out why pain was in same area. There was alot of fluid, mucus looking fluid around the area of the polypropelene mesh. Doctors could not explain what it is. Has anyone had this happen? Is this some kind of reaction to the mesh? No infection has taken place, no issues after the initial surgery and blood work came back normal during this recent stay in hospital. Doctor elected not to remove mesh until they could find out what the mucus substance was. Any help would be appreciated.
I had fluid, they said wait, nothing wrong, its me, almost three years later, ive had a mass removed the size of a small watermellon, i have nerve damage, the infection was so bad.......the mesh broke off in 5 different places, a piece was stuck in my pubic bone, muscle had to be removed, im permently disabled, have a huge build up of scar tissue, on 90-100mgs of Oxineo a day....well past the 2yr limitation cant sue.....but....the bc surgeons general and surgeons, found the surgeon critical in 3 areas.....always get a second opinion!!
mzsharkeater

Dawson Creek, Canada

#7022 Dec 25, 2012
Theresa wrote:
<quoted text> I ended up with a colostomy and many problems. Mesh is twiested around my intestines and colon. In constant pain.
I told several specialists, doctors something was wrong..... at team of surgeons refused to remove the mesh as it was another doctors work....6months later....im in for an emergency surgery as I was full of infection....the infected mass was actually pushing its way out through my scar....leaking...sounds gross yes....but I had leakage/fluid seeping out of my stomach/scar area.....I had fluid, they said wait, nothing wrong, its me, almost three years later, ive had a mass removed the size of a small watermellon, i have nerve damage, the infection was so bad.......the mesh broke off in 5 different places, a piece was stuck in my pubic bone, muscle had to be removed, im permently disabled, have a huge build up of scar tissue, on 90-100mgs of Oxineo a day....well past the 2yr limitation cant sue.....but....the bc surgeons general and surgeons, found the surgeon critical in 3 areas.....always get a second opinion!!
mzsharkeater

Dawson Creek, Canada

#7023 Dec 25, 2012
I told several specialists, doctors something was wrong..... a team of surgeons refused to remove the mesh as it was another doctors work....6months later....im in for an emergency surgery as I was full of infection....the infected mass was actually pushing its way out through my scar....leaking...sounds gross yes....but I had leakage/fluid seeping out of my stomach/scar area.....I had fluid, they said wait, nothing wrong, its me, almost three years later, ive had a mass removed the size of a small watermellon, i have nerve damage, the infection was so bad.......the mesh broke off in 5 different places, a piece was stuck in my pubic bone, muscle had to be removed, im permently disabled, have a huge build up of scar tissue, on 90-100mgs of Oxineo a day....well past the 2yr limitation cant sue.....but....the bc surgeons general and surgeons, found the surgeon critical in 3 areas.....always get a second opinion!!
Barbara

Westport, CT

#7024 Dec 25, 2012
Thanks. I've been doing a lot of research for a friend who is in a lot of pain and just can't do it herself anymore. I thought this whole thing was cut and dry, but the more I research this, the more I realize that there are a lot of things that people aren't straightforward with. I told her that she should absolutely never see a surgeon unless she can talk to a few of his or her former patients, but finding former patients of some of these surgeons has proved to be almost impossible...yet these surgeons seem to have very good PR firms because everyone is talking about how good they are, yet no one has actually had surgery with them! It's the oddest thing I've ever seen. Another friend of mine had bariatric surgery a few years ago, and everything was completely out in the open...she even had to go for group meetings with former patients. I just don't understand all the secrecy surrounding these hernia surgeons and it's worrying me.
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7025 Dec 26, 2012
Barbara wrote:
Thanks. I've been doing a lot of research for a friend who is in a lot of pain and just can't do it herself anymore. I thought this whole thing was cut and dry, but the more I research this, the more I realize that there are a lot of things that people aren't straightforward with. I told her that she should absolutely never see a surgeon unless she can talk to a few of his or her former patients, but finding former patients of some of these surgeons has proved to be almost impossible...yet these surgeons seem to have very good PR firms because everyone is talking about how good they are, yet no one has actually had surgery with them! It's the oddest thing I've ever seen. Another friend of mine had bariatric surgery a few years ago, and everything was completely out in the open...she even had to go for group meetings with former patients. I just don't understand all the secrecy surrounding these hernia surgeons and it's worrying me.
Barbara, you are experiencing what the rest of us have been dealing with for YEARS! Not only are the Dr.'s who do these surgeries covering their own asses but the FDA is doing a pretty good job also. Most of us on here have had multiple surgeries and surgeons. The surgeon that does the implant goes away or refuses to do anything further with the patient because....."There is nothing wrong"....."its nerve entrapment, take these pills"...... "your hooked on pain pills, there is nothing wrong, quit taking the pain pills"......"its all in your mind" and many other excuses or "explanations". The Dr. that comes in to "fix" what is wrong does not want to touch you because they are afraid to become part of a lawsuit. These Dr.'s jumped on the band wagon with the manufacturers of mesh products (whether hernia or gyno ) to make it easier for themselves and for a bigger profit. Now that it is becoming more and more obvious that mesh is a serious problem for most implantees' the cockroaches are running away. Many of us will never get a chance of restitution from a Dr. or the maker of the implant because of statute of limitations or just the complexity of the case. The courts are on the side of the manufacturers. The FDA is on the side of the manufacturers. The Dr.'s are on the side of the manufacturers. We as the victims don't have anyone to help us but those folks that are on this and other Blog sites. Yes, Barbara, it IS scary. It frustrating and it is a crime what has been done to us. Our Government has been protecting the rights of the manufacturers over the rights of the people that they are supposed to protect. I have worked with others to get the FDA to pursue the makers of these products on the basis of product liability, postal fraud ( they still to this day have advertisments that describe Polypropolene as an advancement in Hernia and Gyno care. Polypropolene will remain soft and pliant AFTER implant.), product fraud and other issues only to be told that the FDA has found " no problems with mesh products". An obvious lie. The Office of Criminal Investigation of the FDA, who will shut down an entire industry if little Johnny or Peggy gets their fingers smashed in a stoller, will not investigate mesh manufacturers. We have presented hundreds of documents and even a DVD that Ethicon made that should have been the nail in the coffin for mesh but to no avail. The FDA is clearly in the pockets of the Medical Manufacturering community. I hope that 2013 will bring a change in our governments inaction but I doubt it. Even if they do it will be too late for many of us, myself included.
Barbara

Westport, CT

#7026 Dec 26, 2012
I'm not talking about the doctors who put the mesh in, I'm talking about the doctors who say they will take the mesh out. I've been trying to find information on former patients of Dr. Ramshaw and some other doctors that take out mesh (I just read about Dr. Towfigh taking out mesh too in one person, but I'm not sure if that person is even real or just a pretend person on a message board), and even though there are all these anonymous people on message boards talking about how great these doctors are, I can't find a single real patient who has recovered from having their mesh taken out. I don't understand how these doctors have developed their great reputations if no one has actually been their patient!
riverrat

Winona, MN

#7027 Dec 26, 2012
call mayo clinic a few docs remove mesh and so far so good
Katrina

Youngstown, OH

#7028 Dec 26, 2012
My son had the mesh removed by Dr Peterson in Las Vegas. It had been there for ten years for a hernia. He had many weird symptoms and health problems that caused him to loose his business. He had a diagnosis of lupus and fibromyalgia and was put on way too many painkillers that caused different problems. The polypropene was in his body for a long time so whether he will ever fully recover from the reaction to it is unknown. We were pleased with Dr. Peterson and his experience with removing mesh.
Barbara

Westport, CT

#7029 Dec 26, 2012
Katrina wrote:
My son had the mesh removed by Dr Peterson in Las Vegas. It had been there for ten years for a hernia. He had many weird symptoms and health problems that caused him to loose his business. He had a diagnosis of lupus and fibromyalgia and was put on way too many painkillers that caused different problems. The polypropene was in his body for a long time so whether he will ever fully recover from the reaction to it is unknown. We were pleased with Dr. Peterson and his experience with removing mesh.
Hi Katrina, Is your son better off than he was before? How long has it been? And to the poster who said "so far, so good," did you have mesh removed? If so, can you elaborate? Thank you!
Jane Akre

Jacksonville, FL

#7030 Dec 26, 2012
Katrina- Can you contact me about the Lupus? I'm working on a mesh story for mesh medical device news desk that resulted in a lupus diagnosis.... I'm sure there are many people out there. Thanks. I'm a journalist and do not work for lawyers... just trying to raise the profile of this problem.
Thank you-

[email protected]
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7031 Dec 27, 2012
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Katrina, Is your son better off than he was before? How long has it been? And to the poster who said "so far, so good," did you have mesh removed? If so, can you elaborate? Thank you!
Hi Barbara, I am waiting to hear back from a couple of folks that I know have direct experience with Dr. Ramshaw. Dr. Peterson in L.V. has a lot of experience with mesh removal and my understanding is he does very well. But! Please remember that you are removing a chunk of abdominal muscle, fat and scar tissue when you do a removal. I had a Prolene patch removed only to be replaced by a Kugel patch because "The hole was to big to deal with it any other way". When you have an intrusion into the body much less the removal of tissue etc. you are not going to be Hunky Dorey any time soon. I know that I "felt" better after the Prolene was removed. Like a splinter in your finger, you feel better after its gone. I did not feel sick as I was and, able to eat again and started to be "normal". That has gone away because I still have an implant. The main reason to get a mesh implant out is to ,hopefully, feel better. But if the surgery to get it out is going to leave you in worse shape or leave you bed ridden for 6 months while grafts heal etc. you must weigh those possibilities. Most victims that I have corresponded with when asked about their surgery have stated that the Dr. "found" more problems than he was "expecting". I have always thought that an exploratory surgery to look at the intestines and organs around the implant site would be a good idea. With migration of mesh and leaching it would be a better idea to look and plan than cut and pray. I will get back to you concerning Dr. Ramshaw. You should know that he works for the medical manufacturers and some of his views are counter to what many of us on this blog believe. Best Wishes......
All Meshed Up

Grand Junction, CO

#7032 Dec 27, 2012
I should also say that besides tissue being removed, nerves are cut in the process and that poses another set of problems depending on the site. What product does your friend have implanted, Barbara?

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