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Just found out in 2012 after attempt for ventral hernia repair and lysis of adhesions surgery, that I had mesh in my abdomen! Guess it was placed in 2004 by surgeon would did my abdominoplasty. I have had severe abdominal pain, severe chronic constipation, urinary incontinence, frequent UTI's, my autonomic nervous system doesn't work correctly, which I now believe was caused by this mesh. I developed a seroma after the abdominoplasty which I believe lead to the severe adhesions. I ended up having my navel removed in 2006 due to chronic infection and drainage. My surgeon in 2012 was able to free up some of the adhesions at my hernia/umbilical site. He state he couldn't go farther bc he found a big sheet of plastic looking mesh & my " intestines looked like concrete". He also stated that my adhesions were some of the worst he had ever seen. He said he had never seen this type of mesh but the scrub tech told me she had seen it before at another hospital she worked at. I have gone to numerous Dr's dealing with abdominal pain, chronic constipation, back pain - which may be from bad disc- but they said no. Had CT"s, IVP's, MRI's, nothing ever picked this mesh up on the scans. Now to present. No where in my records is there documentation of mesh being implanted in me. I was not not told before or after the surgery it was implanted. I need to find out if using mesh was a standard of care for abdominoplasty in 2003. Also my doctor now said that he is worried that if anything ever was to happen with my intestines, he think I would be in serious trouble. I am also angry bc I have seen so many doctors and all of them mad me feel as if I was crazy and it was all I my head. I guess bc I did not know at the time that I had a foreign material in my body!!! I have spoken to an attorney today who was at least willing to listen to me. I was just wondering if you could give me anymore info. Thank you so much.
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Jun 15, 2013
 
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Just found out in 2012 after attempt for ventral hernia repair and lysis of adhesions surgery, that I had mesh in my abdomen! Guess it was placed in 2004 by surgeon would did my abdominoplasty. I have had severe abdominal pain, severe chronic constipation, urinary incontinence, frequent UTI's, my autonomic nervous system doesn't work correctly, which I now believe was caused by this mesh. I developed a seroma after the abdominoplasty which I believe lead to the severe adhesions. I ended up having my navel removed in 2006 due to chronic infection and drainage. My surgeon in 2012 was able to free up some of the adhesions at my hernia/umbilical site. He state he couldn't go farther bc he found a big sheet of plastic looking mesh & my " intestines looked like concrete". He also stated that my adhesions were some of the worst he had ever seen. He said he had never seen this type of mesh but the scrub tech told me she had seen it before at another hospital she worked at. I have gone to numerous Dr's dealing with abdominal pain, chronic constipation, back pain - which may be from bad disc- but they said no. Had CT"s, IVP's, MRI's, nothing ever picked this mesh up on the scans. Now to present. No where in my records is there documentation of mesh being implanted in me. I was not not told before or after the surgery it was implanted. info. Thank you so much.
Welcome to the Forum "Looking for Answers". I am sorry that it has to be in a situation such as yours. Your symptoms are very familiar for many on here. Mesh Adhesion, erosion, migration and failure are just a few of the complaints that we try to help others understand. Your statement about the Dr.'s and what they did and did NOT tell you, unfortunately, is what a majority of Mesh Victims complain of. No you are not "crazy". Many Doctors' are truly ignorant of the complications of Mesh. It is hard for me to believe that but in conversations with Dr.'s and RN's I have come to the realization that they are not familiar with the "Complexities" of a Mesh gone bad. When you are scared and in pain and the "Medical Professionals" are not giving you answers or treatments that work it is more than frustrateing. And also there are those Dr.'s that ARE familiar with Mesh and its complications who get grants and perks from the Manufacturers. The majority of the Dr.'s that are doing Mesh Implants have gone through a weekend lecture, maybe a Mesh Implant Surgical Demo, they get a video on the "How to put in Mesh" ( and How to make Big Bucks doing it!) and off they go to install mesh products. I know I have simplified the process but these Dr.'s do not go through a Mesh Implant course with weeks of training.(And there are few that know what to do when it goes really bad) Those are the Doctors that know what is happening and they don't want to tell you for legal reasons or they just won't admit what they have done. Many tow the "Company" line and Mesh can't nor will not be the reason for your ill's, OK! Enough of that! You say that there is "No record" of mesh being implanted? So you have your OP report then? The Dr. that performed the surgery, have you contacted him? I am not familiar with the abdominoplasty technique of 2003 but Mesh certainly was widely used for many surgeries involving Hernia's and "Repairing" the abdominal wall. Where was your surgery done? And what does your present surgeon believe your prognosis is? As far as a Lawyer goes, your best bet would be a Personal Injury Lawyer or depending on your developing situation I would talk to a Malpractice Lawyer. DO NOT TELL YOUR Dr.! He'll clam up on you quick! Get back to us when you can and let us know how you are doing and what you find out. Best Wishes.........
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Jun 15, 2013
 
Looking for answers wrote:
Just found out in 2012 after attempt for ventral hernia repair and lysis of adhesions surgery, that I had mesh in my abdomen! Guess it was placed in 2004 by surgeon would did my abdominoplasty. I have had severe abdominal pain, severe chronic constipation, urinary incontinence, frequent UTI's, my autonomic nervous system doesn't work correctly, which I now believe was caused by this mesh. I developed a seroma after the abdominoplasty which I believe lead to the severe adhesions. I ended up having my navel removed in 2006 due to chronic infection and drainage. My surgeon in 2012 was able to free up some of the adhesions at my hernia/umbilical site. He state he couldn't go farther bc he found a big sheet of plastic looking mesh & my " intestines looked like concrete". He also stated that my adhesions were some of the worst he had ever seen. He said he had never seen this type of mesh but the scrub tech told me she had seen it before at another hospital she worked at. I have gone to numerous Dr's dealing with abdominal pain, chronic constipation, back pain - which may be from bad disc- but they said no. Had CT"s, IVP's, MRI's, nothing ever picked this mesh up on the scans. Now to present. No where in my records is there documentation of mesh being implanted in me. I was not not told before or after the surgery it was implanted. I need to find out if using mesh was a standard of care for abdominoplasty in 2003. Also my doctor now said that he is worried that if anything ever was to happen with my intestines, he think I would be in serious trouble. I am also angry bc I have seen so many doctors and all of them mad me feel as if I was crazy and it was all I my head. I guess bc I did not know at the time that I had a foreign material in my body!!! I have spoken to an attorney today who was at least willing to listen to me. I was just wondering if you could give me anymore info. Thank you so much.
how do you have bowel movements can you walk and sit I have these issues to and spend most of my days in bed can hardly walk now have hiatal hernia difficulty breathing and pain through out body how do you function please let me know
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Jun 15, 2013
 
No urge to urinate or defacate severe bloating have to strain to go mental problems now lost muscle and 60 lbs neck and shoulder pain alone with groin to feet pain dizzyness feel like falling over , sense of taste and smell altered eyes out of focus hearing alterd with tennoitis difficulty swallowing has anybody else have like autonomic dysfunction symptoms like this shocks shouting through the body numbness and buning pain groin to feet. Please let me know and how you got relief .
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Jun 16, 2013
 
Hey there Terlin, I'm really sorry to hear that you are still having problems and not getting any help. We have asked a few questions on the previous pages and I was hoping we could brainstorm some ideas and maybe some help. If you are able, please try to answer some of the questions that myself and at least one other poster has asked concerning possible infections or other explanations besides Mesh etc. Just trying to help and maybe understand what is happening to you. Best Wishes.....
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Jun 16, 2013
 
Terlin wrote:
<quoted text> how do you have bowel movements can you walk and sit I have these issues to and spend most of my days in bed can hardly walk now have hiatal hernia difficulty breathing and pain through out body how do you function please let me know
I am suppose to take Miralax twice daily. If I take it like I am suppose to, it helps. But my thing is I don't like the texture of it in the liquid.And also I dont get enough fluid intake so that makes the constipation worse. I work 12 hr shifts and dont have time to drink. I also have a hiatal hernia and Gerd really bad. I sometimes have to give myself an enema. I went to Constipation specialist at UNC. I had a bowel routine at first with stool softeners, miralax and if that didnt work after 3 days do enemas. They told me Miralax was the best med to take bc your body doesn't get dependent on it like using stool softeners and enemas. I also take Nsaids for my pain which probably hasn't help my GERD. Sometimes when I get so backed up, I get to hurting so bad that my side feels like it is pulling and going to rupture. This happened the other week and I had to leave work and come home to give myself an enema. I actually was crying all the way home and scared my colon was going to rupture before I could get home to do the enema. Its a miserable vicious cycle! My thing is my doctor- a general surgeon- is the one who did my tummy tuck bc he also did my gastric bypass the yr before, doesn't have a medical license anymore! So I cant find out from him what the heck he put in me.I am very angry bc I don't believe this mesh was necessary nor did he give me informed consent for it. Also when I went back post op and asked him why did it hurt and felt like it was pulling so bad. He said its where he cut my muscles and pulled them tight. Not once then did he mention he put mesh in me!
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Jun 16, 2013
 
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No urge to urinate or defacate severe bloating have to strain to go mental problems now lost muscle and 60 lbs neck and shoulder pain alone with groin to feet pain dizzyness feel like falling over , sense of taste and smell altered eyes out of focus hearing alterd with tennoitis difficulty swallowing has anybody else have like autonomic dysfunction symptoms like this shocks shouting through the body numbness and buning pain groin to feet. Please let me know and how you got relief .
When I just read this its like I was reading about myself! I havent read through all these post but this is really scary by at the same time..makes me realize that i am not alone nor crazy!
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Jun 16, 2013
 
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<quoted text>Welcome to the Forum "Looking for Answers". I am sorry that it has to be in a situation such as yours. Your symptoms are very familiar for many on here. Mesh Adhesion, erosion, migration and failure are just a few of the complaints that we try to help others understand. Your statement about the Dr.'s and what they did and did NOT tell you, unfortunately, is what a majority of Mesh Victims complain of. No you are not "crazy". Many Doctors' are truly ignorant of the complications of Mesh. It is hard for me to believe that but in conversations with Dr.'s and RN's I have come to the realization that they are not familiar with the "Complexities" of a Mesh gone bad. When you are scared and in pain and the "Medical Professionals" are not giving you answers or treatments that work it is more than frustrateing. And also there are those Dr.'s that ARE familiar with Mesh and its complications who get grants and perks from the Manufacturers. The majority of the Dr.'s that are doing Mesh Implants have gone through a weekend lecture, maybe a Mesh Implant Surgical Demo, they get a video on the "How to put in Mesh" ( and How to make Big Bucks doing it!) and off they go to install mesh products. I know I have simplified the process but these Dr.'s do not go through a Mesh Implant course with weeks of training.(And there are few that know what to do when it goes really bad) Those are the Doctors that know what is happening and they don't want to tell you for legal reasons or they just won't admit what they have done. Many tow the "Company" line and Mesh can't nor will not be the reason for your ill's, OK! Enough of that! You say that there is "No record" of mesh being implanted? So you have your OP report then? The Dr. that performed the surgery, have you contacted him? I am not familiar with the abdominoplasty technique of 2003 but Mesh certainly was widely used for many surgeries involving Hernia's and "Repairing" the abdominal wall. Where was your surgery done? And what does your present surgeon believe your prognosis is? As far as a Lawyer goes, your best bet would be a Personal Injury Lawyer or depending on your developing situation I would talk to a Malpractice Lawyer. DO NOT TELL YOUR Dr.! He'll clam up on you quick! Get back to us when you can and let us know how you are doing and what you find out. Best Wishes.........
The bad thing is..I cant tell my surgeon bc he lost his Medical license years ago for malpractice! Yes I do have ALL of my OP reports and charges..no Mesh noted anywhere! From what I have read up on, mesh is used with hernia repairs. I was never told i had a hernia prior to the surgery. Not only did I have abdominoplasty, I had a hysterectomy at the same time. Neither surgeon documented anything about mesh. Thats my big thing..informed consent! I should have been given the option. they should have said, I use mesh or may have to use mesh..but no..Not a word. And yes my current Surgeon things that my constipation, abdominal pain and severe adhesions are linked to this mesh. he told me he was really worried that if I developed diverticulitis, they may not be able to do anything.I am so angry and feel I have been violated! Not to mention the financial burdened bc of missing work, owing all these doctors and hospitals!
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Jun 17, 2013
 
i would call a lawyer but first call his lawyers state bar and tell them
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Jun 17, 2013
 
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<quoted text>The bad thing is..I cant tell my surgeon bc he lost his Medical license years ago for malpractice! Yes I do have ALL of my OP reports and charges..no Mesh noted anywhere! From what I have read up on, mesh is used with hernia repairs. I was never told i had a hernia prior to the surgery. Not only did I have abdominoplasty, I had a hysterectomy at the same time. Neither surgeon documented anything about mesh. Thats my big thing..informed consent! I should have been given the option. they should have said, I use mesh or may have to use mesh..but no..Not a word. And yes my current Surgeon things that my constipation, abdominal pain and severe adhesions are linked to this mesh. he told me he was really worried that if I developed diverticulitis, they may not be able to do anything.I am so angry and feel I have been violated! Not to mention the financial burdened bc of missing work, owing all these doctors and hospitals!
After 7 years of dealing with Mesh I am stilled amazed at the stories such as yours. Doctors and Surgeons that do not tell patients that they are going to use Mesh on them Nor is there any one on one talk about the potential LIFE ALTERING side effects. Really pisses me off! OK, more questions. Have you checked with the Hospital to see if they have a Log that tracks materials taken out of stock for surgery? You may be able to find out what they used on you or that they only used one Mesh manufacturer type for Hernias. At least that may answer the "What the Hell is in Me" question. Did your Dr.( who is no longer practicing )have a "Partner" at his office that may have his records in storage? And as far as your "New" Dr. goes, make sure you get documentation of his determination the Mesh is what caused all of your damage! Ask for a copy of it! Next, I believe you need a Lawyer to look at what the Mesh has done to you but also to look at the Hospital and the Doctor. The Hospital allowed Surgical Materials to be checked out and Implanted into patients WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION. Installing a Mesh product is no different than installing a Knee or Hip. It is a Medical Device controlled by the FDA. Your Lawyer should go after the Dr. for whatever assets he or his wife ( oops Sorry not PC...Life Partner!) have. I would go after the Condo in the Bahamas! Your case covers the same aspects of most Mesh cases but also demonstrates the Hypocricy of the Medical Community when it comes to Mesh. I hope that we can help you on the road to recovery and hopefully some retribution for what has been done to you. Let us know what you find out and how you are doing. Best Wishes.....
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Jun 17, 2013
 
HI, I wrote in here on May 11, 2013 and received a very nice response from "All Meshed Up". I understand that the mesh is not "recalled". I am still having a tremendous amount of pain! My surgeon is a plastic surgeon and does not want to listen to my concerns. Last week he yelled and yelled at me and told me that I might be happier with a different doctor! I am so humiliated and embarrassed by this encounter. I do NOT want to consult a lawyer! I do NOT want to do anything but stop the pain and infections! That is all I need. I signed for full consent and the Dr. told me about the mesh prior to surgery. Of course, I did not know what all that meant but I did approve it. I trust this surgeon and feel like he has done his best for me. I just don't think he knows what mesh implanted in the abdomen can do to a person. I had previous issues anyway and am a difficult case. I just don't know what I am to do now. I am going for an abdominal CT scan tomorrow. I am assuming this will show the mesh and anything else going on in there. Hopefully this will give the Dr. something to go on to help me. Anyone have any comments?
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Jun 17, 2013
 
Mary wrote:
HI, I wrote in here on May 11, 2013 and received a very nice response from "All Meshed Up". I understand that the mesh is not "recalled". I am still having a tremendous amount of pain! My surgeon is a plastic surgeon and does not want to listen to my concerns. Last week he yelled and yelled at me and told me that I might be happier with a different doctor! I am so humiliated and embarrassed by this encounter. I do NOT want to consult a lawyer! I do NOT want to do anything but stop the pain and infections! That is all I need. I signed for full consent and the Dr. told me about the mesh prior to surgery. Of course, I did not know what all that meant but I did approve it. I trust this surgeon and feel like he has done his best for me. I just don't think he knows what mesh implanted in the abdomen can do to a person. I had previous issues anyway and am a difficult case. I just don't know what I am to do now. I am going for an abdominal CT scan tomorrow. I am assuming this will show the mesh and anything else going on in there. Hopefully this will give the Dr. something to go on to help me. Anyone have any comments?
Im glad that you remember me with fondness as I can sometimes be a bit of a "bug". I'm terribly Sorry that you continue to have problems. Some Dr.'s are not aware of the miriad of complications that Mesh can have. Some Dr.'s do not want to talk about it or will just deny any problems with Mesh. I hope that the CT scan will give you some answers. CT scans do not always give the "full story" depending on the machine and the Tech. I would ask to review the scan with the Dr.. That way if you see something that does not make sense to you he may be able to answer your questions right then. Look for masses, abnormalties to intestines and organs, any constrictions to them also. Try to identify the Mesh and if it is still where it should be AND in 1 piece! I just went through a very comprehensive Sonograph in which the Tech had me apply abdominal pressure off and on both lying down and standing. Quite a few abnormalities were found and another Hernia. The last CT scan I had did not show any of that. So a Sonograph may be another possibility especially if there are problems detected by the CT scan. Are you having any rashes, buldges, infections or any type of unusual pooping or urinating. WE get personal on here!! These symptoms can indicate problems also. As far as agreeing to get a Mesh Implant. So What? You agreed to have a Medical Device implanted in your body to HELP you! Not damage you and cause pain! You did not agree to 24/7/365 pain. If your Dr. yelled at you, I would report him to your State Medical Board. That is totally unacceptable behavior by any sort of Professional especially some one you have to trust with your Health. I would also tell the Dr. just that. His behavior has NO Excuse and will not be acceptable. You have a legitimate claim and he may be getting "antsy". Do not tell him about any visit or conversation with a Lawyer. Keep any documentation that indicates that the Mesh is to blame for your pain and/or any damage. If he say's something about the Mesh have it written down and dated. Please let us know what you have found out Hopefully the Dr. will be able to explain what is going on and treat you the way he should. Best Wishes......
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Jun 17, 2013
 
Mary! I would also add that constrictions, especially around nerve canals can cause a lot of pain. And unfortunately if there has been nerve damage that pain is hard to difficut to deal with. Having the nerves cut "can" "possibly" relieve the pain. In my case it did not. So ask about or look for those constrictions around the Inguinal Nerve canals ( left or right ) and that "could" be a reason for your discomfort. Wishing you the Best.....
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Jun 18, 2013
 
mesh is a huggy bear ,i like it when he gose off a lil ,makes a few think
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Jun 18, 2013
 
Thanks River Rat! Big kiss back at ya! lol
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Jun 19, 2013
 
Just recieved a "Mail" from a "Patricia Williams" with a Trojan Horse program included in the text. Becareful!!!

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Jun 19, 2013
 
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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Jun 19, 2013
 
??'s Ok here lately been seeing ads on tv, about Lap surgery using the Robotic arms. Ok I went into some sites, and found where this device has caused some very deadly surgeries. I saw where their was burns to tissue organs etc... Also saw where nerve damage was also done. As for my self I had lap surgery done in 2010 for umbilica hernia. Will according to my new surgeon, he removed the mesh from 2010, removed scar tissue adhesions, repaired 3 hernias under old mesh, removed gallbladder full of stones. repaired my rectus abdominis muscles. Things I thought that the surgeon in 2010 was suppose to do ( Not the GallBladder, their was no signs of anything wrong with it). Which I now wonder if their could of been damage done to it during the Lap Surgery? of 2010. Yet if their was no repair to the rectus abdominis, other then the Proceed 4x6" mesh was tacked down to hold in place, could this done damage to the GallBladder? Why I ask, is my husband asked just what the purpose is of the GallBladder. So I went in and pulled up Wikipedia- on GallBladder, stuff I knew of Bile-Liver etc, But reading on more it states that the gallbladder is located between the coastal margin and the lateral margin of the Rectus abdominal muscle, ok being the dia rectus wasn't fixed in 2010, almost over 3yrs. ago could the mesh and the unrepaired dia rectus have caused damage to the Gallbladder? Any information would be greatfull. Went Monday 17th, for month check up still have swelling fluid, but everything else healing alright. Still have sharp pains around drain and gallbladder area. Come and go. I didn't think to ask surgeon my above ???'s. Yet I think back to Feb when husband took me back to surgeon in Brimingham, she the surgeon didn't want do anything, was a wait and see. 2+2 dont add up in this case. i haven't been up to go get my new surgery report. Did call records department and they said the whole op. and all covers 220 pages. So within next couple weeks I'll go see what I want out of report. But the report says that the mesh is on different page then on the op report. I found out that hospitals have different codes or ways of listing their materials.
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#7909
Jun 19, 2013
 
bad enough real arms harm us why would anyone want Robotic arms? cant sue a robot?

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