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Wendy

Norwich, VT

#1581 Jan 6, 2009
mom for her daughter wrote:
michelle had gortex dual mesh repair for an insisional hernia. it covers her lower abdomen.. from day one she has had intractible pain nausea infection .. many trips to multiple drs and emergency rooms.. dehydration and multiple diagnosis such as gastritis diverticulitis colitis ulcers inflamation of the intestines and on and on... it has been almost 3 years now she has had to drop out of school and cant work any more... she passes out from the pain.. and not once has she ever been told that all this could possible be caused by the gortex dual mesh inside her.. she was 25 years old at time of surgery.. i fear her life is destroyed.. dont know where to turn to help her.. she has constant low grade fever even with the antibiotics cannot enjoy a meal without throwing up ..phenergan cipro and zantac are her staples.. there is never any let up... no down time.. this is no way to live.. is it that no medical person understands? or is it fear that motivates them to do nothing? do they just plain dont care? i need to help my daugher cant watch her suffer any longer.. i cant find any specialists in "mesh" where do u go with such a person
Hi,
I suggest that you go to Dr Goodyear at North Penn Hernia Institute. He answers ??? and is very good about getting back to you with responses. Just type in that name and you will get the website and the message board. Just address the ??? to him.
Good luck
Howie

Suitland, MD

#1582 Jan 6, 2009
Look towards others:

Dr. David Grishkan, Ohio
Dr. Kevin Peterson, Las vegas
Dr. Jay Redan at Celebration Hospital in Florida who invents surgical instruments.
Bruce

Hollywood, FL

#1583 Jan 6, 2009
mom for her daughter wrote:
michelle had gortex dual mesh repair for an insisional hernia. it covers her lower abdomen.. from day one she has had intractible pain nausea infection .. many trips to multiple drs and emergency rooms.. dehydration and multiple diagnosis such as gastritis diverticulitis colitis ulcers inflamation of the intestines and on and on... it has been almost 3 years now she has had to drop out of school and cant work any more... she passes out from the pain.. and not once has she ever been told that all this could possible be caused by the gortex dual mesh inside her.. she was 25 years old at time of surgery.. i fear her life is destroyed.. dont know where to turn to help her.. she has constant low grade fever even with the antibiotics cannot enjoy a meal without throwing up ..phenergan cipro and zantac are her staples.. there is never any let up... no down time.. this is no way to live.. is it that no medical person understands? or is it fear that motivates them to do nothing? do they just plain dont care? i need to help my daugher cant watch her suffer any longer.. i cant find any specialists in "mesh" where do u go with such a person
Asou see your daughter is not alone, and has had many mis-diagnosis as the medical community does not understand the severity of this. If she has bowel involvement based on your description of symtptoms she must go to a mesh specialist asap. Get her scans ready on disc to send to the few people who specialize. I had a very positive recommendation from a patient who saw a Dr. Susanna Wise in New Brunswick, N.J. for mesh removal. Travel is worth it to see experienced mesh removal surgeon. Please e-mail me at [email protected] as I have further questions for more referral. Please make the FDA adverse vent report, and demand her surgeon do the same. Hope to hear from you to discuss her options and tell her to hang in there.

Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
Howie

Suitland, MD

#1584 Jan 7, 2009
not sure if this National Meshoma Foundation is a ghost writer to promote products. Who exactly are you?
Richard Howden

Boulder, CO

#1585 Jan 7, 2009
Howie wrote:
not sure if this National Meshoma Foundation is a ghost writer to promote products. Who exactly are you?
If you go back in the older postings and read a bit you will find that Bruce Rosenburg is a survivor of mesh and has helped many people understand, including myself, what mesh is, the complications and also through HIS research what are the best routes for alleviating the problems with mesh. Bruce is no ghost writer and has availed himself to me through direct phone calls to help me when I was near suicide. Please do not insinuate any hidden agenda with this site. Best Wishes to all for a Happy and Healthy New Year. God Bless.
Howie

Suitland, MD

#1586 Jan 7, 2009
Does anyone know of "stitch" surgeon for inguinal hernias in Oregon? I am trying to help a patient with mesh removal and a fix with a "stitch" repair. He does not have much money to travel out of state.
Anonymous

Peru, IN

#1587 Jan 7, 2009
Howie
Go to the hernia society website and find surgeons that are in that area and contact them. It is nice that everyone here is always holding out an open hand to help some one else in need. But to pinpoint doctors that actually do mesh removal and then stitch back up with out mesh are far and few between. If you go back thru all the posts here you will find the names of surgeons, but I have not come across one in the Oregon area, so your friend may need to travel, don't give up hope, there must be some one in the Oregon area that removes and stitches, You will have to research like Bruce, Lana, myself and most everyone here has done. I know it is not easy, and the topic of mesh complications can consume you very easily because the pain is so horrible, but you can not give up hope, there is help out there.
GDSM

Peru, IN

#1589 Jan 8, 2009
Here is some interesting reading for everyone here, in case you have not seen it for yourself. Please click on all of the links, that provide mesh information in the alerts. They also tell you how to file adverse event forms.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cf...

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/safety/102008-surgica...
Trixie

East Saint Louis, IL

#1590 Jan 8, 2009
I think sometimes to find what technique a surgeon uses you have to make an appt. to talk. But maybe their secretary can tell you.
Sheri

Birch Run, MI

#1591 Jan 9, 2009
Anyone have any info on Alloderm or Surgisis? My Dr. wants to replace my meshes with one of these. Please I need the help!!
Leigh

East Saint Louis, IL

#1592 Jan 9, 2009
If this is for inguinal surgery stay away from these products. There was someone that went to a Dr. Starling who had used Alloderm and after about 18 months he started to feel pain as the muscle area started to sag.
As far as other types of hernias, I can't answer you question. Have you contacted Dr. Grisckan in Ohio or Dr. Kevin Peterson in Nevada.
Michelle

Bremerton, WA

#1593 Jan 9, 2009
Damaged nerves by Dr Starling. I tried to do some research into this article posted on Higher Praise.

http://www.higherpraise.com/Starling.htm
Erin Brockovich

Tavares, FL

#1594 Jan 9, 2009
Sorry, did not have time to read all the posts. So if this has been suggested, consider it a reminder.

You may or may not have a class action suit in the future. I encourage you all to get as many documents as you can, from where ever they maybe. These things can take a long time to work out. Hospitals are only required to keep records for so many years. Get them now, while you can.

I'm involved in a situation that over 60,000 people had submitted to gain membership. Because of the years gone by, medical evidence had been destroyed. A great number of people were not able to qualify for the distribution. Don't be one of those, get those records, put them in a safe place. Your Spouse or children, will thank you.

Lawyer's will get there share, but you will get nothing, without the proof. The Lawyer will not be able to get that proof if it's destroyed. In most cases, the lawyer depends on you to supply the evidence or it's whereabouts.
Wendy

Norwich, VT

#1595 Jan 10, 2009
Erin Brockovich wrote:
Sorry, did not have time to read all the posts. So if this has been suggested, consider it a reminder.
You may or may not have a class action suit in the future. I encourage you all to get as many documents as you can, from where ever they maybe. These things can take a long time to work out. Hospitals are only required to keep records for so many years. Get them now, while you can.
I'm involved in a situation that over 60,000 people had submitted to gain membership. Because of the years gone by, medical evidence had been destroyed. A great number of people were not able to qualify for the distribution. Don't be one of those, get those records, put them in a safe place. Your Spouse or children, will thank you.
Lawyer's will get there share, but you will get nothing, without the proof. The Lawyer will not be able to get that proof if it's destroyed. In most cases, the lawyer depends on you to supply the evidence or it's whereabouts.
Erin,
I have had lawyers call me. When they hear that I have had the mesh for 20 years, they say that they are only going back to 2005. It doesnt make any sense to me. These mesh were not suppose to be in our bodies for that long and as a consequence we all have our problems. My surgeon cant even tell me if mine is still intact!! Its such a rat race.
Thank God for Bruce.
If you find anything different out from the legal profession, please let me know.
[email protected]
GDSM

Peru, IN

#1596 Jan 10, 2009
Okay Erin
either we do or we don't have legal recourse which is it? did you know that everyone that suffers from mesh complications have different makes and models in their body! The only way a class action suit can be possible is if all the people with Bard products begin one, then the people with Ethicon products begin one, then the people with Gortex begin one, then the people with covidien and so on. The other option is to find the common marker of all of these synthetic products and then go after that maker, for even proposing medical implants in the human body. There are 126 different mesh manufacturers, with over 300 different types of synthetic mesh on the market. I am still in contact with the FDA and the head of the investigative team, the team has turned over all information to the Med Sun Scientists for further analysis. I am hoping for an announcement shortly.
Nathan

Carnegie, PA

#1597 Jan 10, 2009
I see there have been many lawsuits against the makers of the Kugel patch. Dr. Robert Kugel abruptly quit practice after these lawsuits started.
I can't understand how he could give a lecture to the American Hernia Society last year. Apparently he retired somewhere in eastern Washington. I don't know if his retirement was related to all of these lawsuits or not. It would be interesting to hear what Dr. Kugel has to say about all of these lawsuits. For some reason, it took the doctors many years to develop hernia mesh and wasn't until the late 50's that a viable product was developed by Dr. Usher. Then for some odd reason, it wasn't until the 90's that mesh finally became predominantly used. But now they are starting to find trouble with mesh. The Hernia MD on the yellow board says mesh doesn't move. Yes it does, it migrates!! He does not reveal his real name and sometimes appears on Dr. Goodyears board. Some of theses institutes do not fairly warn people about mesh.
Bruce

Boca Raton, FL

#1598 Jan 10, 2009
Sheri wrote:
Anyone have any info on Alloderm or Surgisis? My Dr. wants to replace my meshes with one of these. Please I need the help!!

Sheri,
I believe Alloderm is of Human (cadaver) Tissue and Surgisis of Porcine (pig) tissue which is very human compatible.(Maybe more so than synthetic polypropylene). Surgisis appears to have good success rate but like most bio products has proven to be a bit weak and in some cases has left patients with a slight bulge or has led to recurrance if dissolves too early. You can google these products by name, go to the manufacturer website or call the manufacturer to ask more questions.
Bio products are designed to provide a scaffold for scar tissue to grow across like the synthetic ones but are supposed to disntigrate once their job is done. The bio products may be a good choice if the hernia defect is not too large, as they are known to be more comfortable, allow renewed vascularization and less likey to trap infection. If in fact a complication does occur, bio products are more likely to be easier to treat as the synthetics are more likely to cause erosion/adhesion injuries. You must discuss with your surgeon the type of primary/original hernia, potential for recurrance and your overall health history to make the right choice. If you can hang on longer (I wish I knew how long this will take, but it appears there may be some new stronger bio porcine products approved for use in the foreseeable future). There is hope, they're working on it but good science takes time..

Bruce
jls

Chickasha, OK

#1599 Jan 11, 2009
Erin Brockovich wrote:
Sorry, did not have time to read all the posts. So if this has been suggested, consider it a reminder.
You may or may not have a class action suit in the future. I encourage you all to get as many documents as you can, from where ever they maybe. These things can take a long time to work out. Hospitals are only required to keep records for so many years. Get them now, while you can.
I'm involved in a situation that over 60,000 people had submitted to gain membership. Because of the years gone by, medical evidence had been destroyed. A great number of people were not able to qualify for the distribution. Don't be one of those, get those records, put them in a safe place. Your Spouse or children, will thank you.
Lawyer's will get there share, but you will get nothing, without the proof. The Lawyer will not be able to get that proof if it's destroyed. In most cases, the lawyer depends on you to supply the evidence or it's whereabouts.
Thanks Erin,
Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping the helpless. We are all victims of this horrific medical blunder and all deserve comphensation.
Thanks again for you time and concern, any other info would be welcomed.
Jls in Okc
Nathan

Carnegie, PA

#1600 Jan 11, 2009
I would certainly stay away from Alloderm. Muscle tissues sag after about a year.
Karen R in Arizona

Aztec, NM

#1601 Jan 11, 2009
I just had a mesh implant four days ago for an umbilical hernia. I started out with hives at the site that are now all over my body including my face. I have also had shortness of breath, itchiness, sinus congestion, etc. I think my mesh is Gore-Tex. After spending all day laying in bed reading the stories on here I am shocked and saddened. I cannot believe that everyone is suffering and nothing much is being done by the medical community to resolve these isses. I am also upset with myself for not doing my research before my surgery. I guess I shouldn't be shocked that my Dr. never warned me about these possible complications. I would have never had this done if I would have read this board first. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to share your stories. They have all touched me so deeply. I want this thing out of me ASAP. I just hope that I can find a Dr. to help me. How long does it take for the tissues to connect into the mesh? I will be contacting my surgeon tomorrow. I am in Arizona. Feel free to email me. Thanks and God bless you all, Karen [email protected]

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