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

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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, ... Read more
Joey

Barnesville, OH

#1191 Aug 3, 2008
Does anyone know if a 13 x 17cm bard kugelcomposix is = to 7 X 9 inch?
jls in okc

United States

#1192 Aug 3, 2008
Hey Joey,
That equals out to be a 5x7, approximately.
Good Luck!!
jls in okc
Joey wrote:
Does anyone know if a 13 x 17cm bard kugelcomposix is = to 7 X 9 inch?
Mike from Philly

Philadelphia, PA

#1193 Aug 4, 2008
The question that haunts me - why did my surgeries fail in 2007? I did exactly what I was suppose to do and even spent more time in bed so that it would have all the time to heal properly. The only thing that I did was to go to therapy. I started therapy 2 months after surgery. Could therapy have caused my hernias to return? The SurgiMend was used on my right groin 11/30/07 which a large hernia had to repaired 8/01/08. The Bassini type repair was used on my left groin 12/19/07 which a small hernia had to be repaired 8/01/08. What should I do this time? Have my groin areas been compromised that no matter what, it will not mend?
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1194 Aug 4, 2008
E-Love wrote:
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.
was it a plug and patch and by what company
I'm at hynk@cs.com. Wont check here again. Thanks.
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1195 Aug 4, 2008
stephen guilder wrote:
About 1 year ago I underwent a right inguinal hernia repair with the prolene hernia mesh system. the repair was done in an open fashion as i requested. the choice being laproscopic or open and mesh vs. conventional repair. i am lean and athletic which relly means i am not an ideal candidate for a graft placement, conventional repair would have been better for me.
the surgery itself was uneventful but the recovery was prolonged. it took months for the swelling to go down and not long after the swelling went down enlarging masses began to appear. i was quite patient and the surgeon told me this would resolve. however this has not occurred rather the swelling has increased and a chronic pain has set in. the pain travels into my groin and there is a mass in my scrotum.
i am now searching for a surgeon with extensive inguinal graft removal experience.
my advice to any one contmplating this so called routine surgery and graft placement is to think it through carefully and be sure you are the proper candidate for this. graft materials are foreign to your body and when a problem occurs it seems to snowball.
This is the only post I have ever seen using the terms GRAFT REMOVAL. What do you mean t by this. Are yo meaning Mesh Removal? And what kind of mesh was used? please rpely to hynk@cs.com- I will not check this posting again. Thks.
RTB5

Brooklyn, NY

#1196 Aug 4, 2008
I had a double umbilical in Dec. 2007 and and a left inguinal in April 2008.Marlex mesh was used and yup, I am having severe pain where surgery was done in groin like a knife is sticking me in the artery of my thigh. They doctors have also discovered a lump next to where I had the umbilical hernia is and they said it can't be another hernia(perhaps faulty mesh that has balled up?) I just had a cat scan and am awaiting results! Very painful in groin from this mesh......Apparently it has been recalled for tearing apart!
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1197 Aug 4, 2008
Rodney wrote:
My father received the Ethicon Prolene Hernia System patch on 9/20/06 and died 5/28/07 as a result of a part of the patch breaking off and sticking to his intestines.
r_nash@bellsouth.net
There must have been a plug? No? The plugs are what break off into intestestines...
hynk@cs.com to reply
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1198 Aug 4, 2008
nick wrote:
<quoted text>
was it a plug and patch and by what company
I'm at hynk@cs.com. Wont check here again. Thanks.
Unfortunately many people have problems because they dont listen. Your question was answered on another site. Try to learn,
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1199 Aug 4, 2008
Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>
Emily,
You are not crazy. You have a complication from your surgery and require medical attention. Please contact Dr. Bruce Ramshaw at University of Missouri to review your case. Get your scans on disc to send to him. 75 pound weight loss? You need further evaluation by another doctor who is experienced in this. E-mail me at meshoma1@yahoo.com for his # if you can't get it.
Feel better,
Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
Was it a prolen patch or was it the prolene hernia system? Important
nick

Hollywood, FL

#1200 Aug 4, 2008
Ward wrote:
I apologize about my town--didn't notice it was wrong before posting--my correct residence is Mount Prospect, Illinois. I'm happy to discuss my experience with anyone--my email is wcanfi@yahoo.com.
useless post unless we know what mesh type and brand
AOL

United States

#1201 Aug 4, 2008
Nick you don't need to be so rude to people if your going to be on this site you need to be more thoughtful
steve

Barnesville, OH

#1202 Aug 5, 2008
can't nick just be blocked ?people here are hurting and dont need some jack===.Mouthing off!
jls in okc

Yukon, OK

#1203 Aug 5, 2008
nick wrote:
<quoted text>
Unfortunately many people have problems because they dont listen. Your question was answered on another
site. Try to learn,
Nick,

Do us a favor and don't check this site again, we don't need jerks like you on this site, think about it, it sounds like you have a lot of hostility, don't take it out on us, we are here to help each other, if you can't be polite then go away, if you want someone to help them be NICE!!!

Fondley,

Jls in Okc
AOL

United States

#1204 Aug 5, 2008
nick wrote:
<quoted text>
Unfortunately many people have problems because they dont listen. Your question was answered on another site. Try to learn,
The only thing I have to say is that you are very rude ,If you are not on here for all the same reasons others are because they are sick then you need to stay off this topix site you are so disrespecting others.
Evelyne in Boise

Boise, ID

#1205 Aug 5, 2008
Mike from Philly wrote:
The question that haunts me - why did my surgeries fail in 2007? I did exactly what I was suppose to do and even spent more time in bed so that it would have all the time to heal properly. The only thing that I did was to go to therapy. I started therapy 2 months after surgery. Could therapy have caused my hernias to return? The SurgiMend was used on my right groin 11/30/07 which a large hernia had to repaired 8/01/08. The Bassini type repair was used on my left groin 12/19/07 which a small hernia had to be repaired 8/01/08. What should I do this time? Have my groin areas been compromised that no matter what, it will not mend?
Hi Mike, I am sooooooo sorry to read about your new problems. As you know Dr. Schuricht removed my mesh too and repaired it with the Bassini method. Nine months later the incision site hurts more than right after the surgery, and I am still not able to lift or carry much. afraid it will re-herniate. I have consulted with hernia surgeons in France. they were appalled that the inferior Bassini method was used instead of a good Shouldice repair. I was informed to be cautious as my repair is bound to fail, and a third time around in the same area would only bring new problems, nerve damage, pains.
I also want to WARN everybody about Dr. William Meyers of the Drexel
Hospital, Philadelphia. His favourite thing seems to be sending people for arthrograms of the hip. He does not check creatinine or kidney funtion before he sends you to have the test done. His assistant is so misinformed that when I told her I have a iodine allergy and should I be prepared with anti-allergy medication before the test, she told me it was unnecessary. As a result the intraarticular position of the injecting needle could not be confirmed, toxic dye went into my obturator muscle and I have now been suffering for almost ten months the consequences of that "oversight". Terrible allergic reaction to the gadolinium for a month, followed by neurological problems (first numb leg and now numbness and muscle weakness in right arm, which prevents me from working and making a living) and probably irreversible kidney and/or liver damage. The FDA had issued a black box warning about Gadolinium on May 22, 2007. But doctors do not even take the most elementary precautions before they send you have these tests done.
I found out that they give you an anti-allergy treatment for THREE DAYS in France before doing such dangerous tests. BEWARE of Dr, Meyers and his crew. I wish nobody else will get hurt as I have. And I am tired of all these doctors thinking only of their pocket books and not about the welfare of their patients. My best wishes to all who are suffering, and in particular to you Mike.
Evelyne in Boise

Boise, ID

#1206 Aug 5, 2008
Go see another surgeon wrote:
Dr. Schuricht is not really that good. Sloppy work and very poor aftercare. Seek another surgeon
I wish I had known that last December. Aftercare is very poor indeed. I live hundreds of miles away from Philadelphia. He never bothered to answer any of my faxes in which I described the problems I was having two-three months after the surgery. No wonder. I bet he knew too well what the problem was. This is now 8 months after the surgery and the incision site hurts more than before, there remains a permanent swelling on that side and I cannot really lift things. I have consulted hernia surgeons in France in May and they could hardly believe the sloppy work done by Dr. Schuricht.
they predict the repair will fail, so advise me to be very cautious as a third time around in the same area would bring more problems, nerve pains, etc... They also had a hard time believing a surgeon recommends himself on such a wonderful web site as Dr. Schuricht has. Yes, the site says he is one of the top surgeons in Philadelphia, but whose word is that? His web designer can say anything he wants. And we keep hearing and reading, and seeing on TV what sad state our health system is in. and expensive to boot. I can only agree with that. Personally, from now on, I will fly to France to get good medical care. I needed an electromyogramm of the right leg and the neurologist in my town was going to charge 2,000$ for it. I flew to France for 1,000$, had the electromyogramn done for 135 euros (about 200$) and they checked both legs and both arms. Also had a cerebral MRI for 280 euros. Etc...
Good luck to everybody. I think we need to warn other patients about the bad surgeons. Dr. Meyers should not be recommended either (see another post of mine about his performance!!!). After they took advantage of patients by implanting these devices, now they are making more money by removing them sloppily.
judy

Barnesville, OH

#1207 Aug 6, 2008
hi
Richard Howden

Grand Junction, CO

#1208 Aug 6, 2008
Hello Bruce! After a year and a half I am back at work. I have been given a 15% whole body disability all from my 5 surgeries because of the Prolene Mesh. I am still in pain and probably always will be. I have shooting pains through the surgical site along with bowel problems and pain. Will never do the job I had been doing but am lucky enough to have found a job in the same industry as a manager.I am still really pissed off that it took a year to find somebody that knew about the problems associated with Prolene. And I want to go after Ethicon. Any suggestions ? I heard that Henry Waxman was trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse its decision that negated so many law suits. Any truth to that? Let me know! As always...Thanks for all your support when I needed it the most. Best Wishes.......rmh
Mary hokpins

United States

#1209 Aug 6, 2008
Jim: Hi My name is Mary and I am writing to you about my husband Robert Hopkins. We live in Melbourne Florida: He had Inguinal hernia surgery in March of 05. About 5 months or so after that he was having pain in the testicle area, it would come and go. Around Nov of this year thngs started to get progessively worse, he had been to a number of dr's and they told him nothing was wrong. Three trips to the ER in Dec, Jan., and Feb.They did CT Scans, MRI's Ultra Sounds.everything came back normal, the Er drs. said he looked fine.
Finally in July he got really bad, he had al kinds of symptoms,(ie: kindney's hurt, contipation, severe lower abdominal pain, couldn't eat a full meal, would break out into a sweat from the painful pressure and dicomfort until he moved his bowels or the food moved. His weight went from 132lbs to 115 lbs in 2 weeks.By no means is he a big man, and is very active in our lifestyle.
He is now in the hospital in Tampa FL. The dr. who admitted him has said he needs the surgery, but trying to find a surgeon who will do it is like an act of Congress. My husband has told them he would sign a waiver saying that he wouldn't sue them.
As of this morning(8-6-08) the dr. is going to consult with a surgeon who may do it if not then he is releasing him tomorrow, and we are going to Shands Hospital in Gainsville. How do we get a dr. to opertate when his primary dr. says he needs the surgery. I'm afraid he'll die.
Can you give us any advice on how to get a surgeon to operate. I'm desperate here. You can contact me at: rfhopkins1@juno.com
Thak you
Mary Hopkins
nick

United States

#1210 Aug 6, 2008
evelyne wrote:
<quoted text>
I do hope for you that things will remain the way they are now. when I had my mesh surgery, I was up and about in no time. Had no pain at all for
8 weeks, then it all started. Over a year of undiagnosed pain and then a second surgery 8 weeks ago to remove the mesh. I have now worse pains than before, the second surgery was a lot harder than the first.
too late to go back now, but I wish I had never had the first repair done at all. As I say, maybe you will be more lucky than all of us. Just don't assume you are out of trouble because you feel fine 6 days after your surgery.
Thatis silly- people here are all the worst cases- there are 700,00 surgeries a year. Should eveyone with succesful surgery sit home and wait for trauma- so dumb. What did you get? a plug?

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