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Bard monofilament polypropylene knitted mesh Complications

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Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#1 Oct 10, 2008
This mesh is not YET on the recall list by the FDA but should be! Has anyone else had this implanted and removed because of complications? I just about died from this eroded mesh. The DR. said it failed and no choice left but to have open surgery for removal. We just didn't know how bad it was. 4-mos to recover, 17 days in hosp., feeding tube, etc. I'd like to hear from others with the same type.

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#2 Oct 10, 2008
Also known as Bard Marlex Mesh.
GDSM

Browns Mills, NJ

#3 Oct 11, 2008
Lisa

As you have seen from the other topix site, where we have all gathered for our complaints and symptoms you are not alone. I to had the Bard patch and plug made of the same marlex material. If you go back thru all of the posts you will see that I am workinh very very hard to put an end to this nightmare that may befall others. I have been in consytant comunication with the FDA over not just the marlex but all meshes. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] there is tons of info you should know before it is to late.
Mark

New York, NY

#4 Oct 12, 2008
I`m not sure of the name of the mesh used but the Dr. that installed it said it was like fishing line ,must be the same stuff.I`ve been having problems since I had the surgery last November

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#5 Oct 12, 2008
thanks GDSM, I will email you soon. I'm in the process of writing a letter to the FDA about my experience or Adverse Report. When I had mine removed, in Jax, they said I was the known patient with the same material that had complications. Mine was just really bad. I had leaks, infections and etc. as a result of having this stuff removed. Which they had no choice but to go in and cut me open. The bad thing was, I had lost so many nutrients over the year from throwing my food back up directly after eating or drinking, this resulted in the tissue not healing inside of me. They had to IV feed me with vitamins and all sorts of stuff. Since the initial implant was 6 years ago, I don't have mal law suit and I doubt a lawyer would touch this for a defect products suit because this mesh has not yet been recalled or complained enough about. I can't be the only one that had major problems. That's why I'm hoping I'll get more responses. I wish I could somehow put it on the internet so if ever another wanted to google like me for this mesh, my contact info would appear! Marlex Mesh gone bad!!

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#6 Oct 12, 2008
Mark: The Surgeon that looked at mine before surgery said mine was like a glove... it just caught everything I ate and threw it back up. It was in the process of perforation.
Anonymous

Browns Mills, NJ

#7 Oct 13, 2008
Lisa - Duval County wrote:
thanks GDSM, I will email you soon. I'm in the process of writing a letter to the FDA about my experience or Adverse Report. When I had mine removed, in Jax, they said I was the known patient with the same material that had complications. Mine was just really bad. I had leaks, infections and etc. as a result of having this stuff removed. Which they had no choice but to go in and cut me open. The bad thing was, I had lost so many nutrients over the year from throwing my food back up directly after eating or drinking, this resulted in the tissue not healing inside of me. They had to IV feed me with vitamins and all sorts of stuff. Since the initial implant was 6 years ago, I don't have mal law suit and I doubt a lawyer would touch this for a defect products suit because this mesh has not yet been recalled or complained enough about. I can't be the only one that had major problems. That's why I'm hoping I'll get more responses. I wish I could somehow put it on the internet so if ever another wanted to google like me for this mesh, my contact info would appear! Marlex Mesh gone bad!!
Lisa
One of the best things you can do is file the adverse event form thru the FDA. Feel free to email me when ever you want. I am sorry that you and everyone for that matter has to be dealing with this horrible situation, but this is a growing problem and I am trying to get the FDA to see it that way. They still think the complication rate with mesh surgery is very low 2% at best. I have sent them written published papers that show that the complication rate is between 28 and 38 percent. I keep explaining that all the info is out there for them to find, they just have to get off their butts and look for it. I hope to hear from you soon and hope you feel a little better everyday.
Bruce

Miami, FL

#8 Oct 13, 2008
Lisa - Duval County wrote:
Also known as Bard Marlex Mesh.
Lisa,
This is Bruce from the National Meshoma Foundation,
I would like to speak to you. Please e-mail me your number at [email protected] and also at [email protected] Marlex has a long history of adverse reaction, contracture with injury.
You are not alone, and your surgeon is not honest if he tells you this is rare. Go to the FDA adverse event web site to see the many reports, and make sure you call the company and the surgeon and demand that they file the federally mandated 3500 adverse event report. You can make one yourself at www.fda.gov . Hope to hear from you,

Bruce

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#9 Oct 14, 2008
Bruce wrote:
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Lisa,
This is Bruce from the National Meshoma Foundation,
I would like to speak to you. Please e-mail me your number at [email protected] and also at [email protected] Marlex has a long history of adverse reaction, contracture with injury.
You are not alone, and your surgeon is not honest if he tells you this is rare. Go to the FDA adverse event web site to see the many reports, and make sure you call the company and the surgeon and demand that they file the federally mandated 3500 adverse event report. You can make one yourself at www.fda.gov . Hope to hear from you,
Bruce
Thanks for your post, I will email you! The dr. who initially put the mesh in 6 years ago was very confident of the material BUT interesting thing is, the dr.(different surgeon) who had to do surgery on my 10 months ago (twice) to remove this mesh was very upset about it. He wrote in the operative reports this all was because of the marlex mesh eroding. I'm going to email you tomorrow when I get to work, where I keep all this info and maybe I can scan it so everyone here can see what this surgeon wrote about it. I do want to try and put that on the report to the FDA.

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#10 Oct 14, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
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Lisa
One of the best things you can do is file the adverse event form thru the FDA. Feel free to email me when ever you want. I am sorry that you and everyone for that matter has to be dealing with this horrible situation, but this is a growing problem and I am trying to get the FDA to see it that way. They still think the complication rate with mesh surgery is very low 2% at best. I have sent them written published papers that show that the complication rate is between 28 and 38 percent. I keep explaining that all the info is out there for them to find, they just have to get off their butts and look for it. I hope to hear from you soon and hope you feel a little better everyday.
I'm very new to topix so I'm not sure how I find your email. If you know how to locate mine, can you shoot me a "test" thanks.

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#11 Oct 14, 2008
I feel better now, 10 months later. But the year before my surgery was awful. Plus, the surgeon left a pretty bad scar. Now I'm just mad and want to seek some sort of justice. Funny, I work in the legal field, no atty, but I see the weirdest law suits filed and I can't file - because I've been told - no recall/hard to prove, so therefore, it's an expensive risk for an atty to take on.
Bruce

Hollywood, FL

#12 Oct 14, 2008
Lisa,
From what I have been told, your statutory time frame begins when it is confirmed to you what the cuase of your injury was. If the diagnoses was only made ten months ago, and it was documented for you that "the mesh eroded through your body causing injury"...you as a lay person would never had known that was happening before that date. A good attorney should be able to argue that. Certainly you went for numerous scans and other invasive tests over the years since your surgeon refused to admit this can happen. Check with a good appellate attorney to discuss timelines with that perspective in mind. Everyone working on this is getting closer to proving the manufacturers knew this potential for injury but failed to inform us. The potential for all persons with mesh to have the product degrading inside them, potentially affecting their health is likely greater than 50%, which equals nearly a half million persons yearly. Let the FDA, your first surgeon and manufacturer laugh at us for saying that..but it's the TRUTH.
I'm in Florida, studying The Consumer Fraud Act as it relates to this..hopefully we'll find a hole in their defense. Please e-mail me soon at [email protected] Feel better,
Bruce

Since: Oct 08

Jax-Home of the Jags Baby!

#13 Oct 16, 2008
Bruce, they say it's hard to prove because I don't have the material left over for prove. Also that it would be costly to call expert witnesses. My surgeon and Borland Grover Clinic are my only witnesses of my ordeal. Still that's not enough I've been told. I work as a Legal Assistant... go figure!
lisa

Saint Augustine, FL

#14 Dec 13, 2008
well, I've posted before about my nightmare with this mesh but here I go again... I just had to have scar revision from the operation I had in Jan. 8 to remove the implanted monofilament mesh and the surgeon found that the scar tissue was a lot and holding 2 small hernia's!! If I could only find this mesh on a recall I'd sue! If anyone hears of anything recalled for the bard/davol type I had: [email protected]
lisa duval county jax

Saint Augustine, FL

#15 Dec 13, 2008
Also FDA still doesn't show my compliant reported 10/23/08 against bard/davol.
Kugel Man

Auburndale, FL

#16 Feb 19, 2009
Has anyone contracted the mycobacterium abscessus infection from their hernia repair surgery? Please let me know. It almost killed me. Still dealing with the long-term complications to date and get this... the military doesn't want to remove the infected mesh, yet. They are more worried about moving forward with a silent MEB proceeding than taking care of me. Three failed hernia repair surgeries; 1 J&J mesh and 2 CR Bard mesh (1 Kugel Mesh and 1 Marlex Monofilament Knitted Polypropylene Mesh). Complications from all three mesh. Product codes 0010201 and 0112660. I even initiated a congressional review. Hasn't done anything yet but piss off the SG's office. No worries! Just initiated a senatorial review and getting ready to start a mass campaign to take this whole thing to 60 Minutes! Who's interested? Please let me know... Maybe then the FDA will get more involved and take it more seriously.
kim

Columbia, SC

#17 Mar 10, 2009
i too have the marlex mesh you are alone my life has been a nightmare of constant hernia repairs and scar resections had it removed once only to have it put back due to a hernia the size of a small apple i am constant pain somedays its so bad i just cry no doctor will give me pain meds to even take the edge off its a nightmare i have had hernia surgeries from 1992 to 2004 i am still in pain today i keep going for cat scans thinking its another hernia and its not they just tell me its scar tissue the pain is unbearable
Cathy

Mount Juliet, TN

#18 Jun 30, 2009
I also have the Bard Mesh knitted monofilament. I have had it since 04 and have continued to experience pain at the repair site. I saw the recall on patches and contacted the surgeon. He knew nothing about the recall. I got the patch information and it was not on the recall list. I continued to have pain and now it is becoming more constant. I also have trouble with constipation, fatigue and pain in my muscles and joints. All blood tests come back negative. I have continued to search for answers and found this site. Are others experiencing fatigue and pain all over in muscles and joints? Could my symptoms be caused by the patch?

Thank you for this site. Now what do I do?

Cathy
Cynthia

United States

#19 Jul 10, 2009
Kugel man thanks for your post with No's. I had surgery in 2003 and have had severe to moderate knife cutting, pinching type pain since surgery. The surgeon said it was my imagination.

I finally received the Operating Room report with Monofilament knotted polypropylene 3 x 5 mesh. The surgeons report said Marlex mesh. So does Bard mfr 0112660. That's the reference on my report.

I haven't found anyone to take this serious and extract it. What diagnostics did they use? CAT MRI???? I'm starting my journey to get this removed. Thanks for feedback
Steamer

East Saint Louis, IL

#20 Jul 10, 2009
How do you know that you don't have adhesions?

I would see Dr. Shirin Towfigh in LA. I am aware of a person she treated who came out good. I would also look into the other doctors

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw
Dr. Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas
Dr. William Myers (or Meyers) in PA

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