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catch22

Columbus, OH

#4167 May 18, 2011
Terrie wrote:
<quoted text> It's called red tape!I have been in your shoes also I lost everything. because of first time hernia surgery done wrong.To begin with get copies of all medical records, all doctor appointments,any lost of time from work. With SSD. You signing your life away. I ended up hiring SSD attorneys which seems to be a FED Gov. red tape cover up to attorneys. I have multi medical problems that also are on ssd-disability list, I filed online back in late 2007, deined, hired attorney they get i think it was 1/4 of your case winnings. This is based on your ss pay in.Yet the medical bills pile up, with no new answers, other then more surgery. SSD has a medical listing of all medical disabilities that they allow, you to go by.
So they did not recognize your hernia complications as a disablement? Have you been declared disabeled? The attourney thing seems like you have to have one because of what you said (red tape)They (the fed govt.)are so intimidating that even the thought of filing for disability is overwhelmingly nerve racking. I have called an attourney but they only had there secretary call me. And she said more or less I'm screwed. Good luck with your case!
------Sandra---- -MS

Madison, MS

#4168 May 18, 2011
I'm just wondering who to talk to about a crime that has been committed several years ago in a hospital. This person got away with causing a young girl's death and causing injury to many of his patients. He was fired and is now in another hospital. I'm concerned about his present patients as well as the people he is in contact with. I feel that he may be dangerous to society. This happened several years ago. He sutured mesh into many people who didn't need the mesh. If any one knows who may be able to investigate this, please let me know. Thanks
Tom

Commack, NY

#4169 May 19, 2011
I had a ventral hernia mesh patch and do have pain in the same area as a result. How do I find out which patch I did receive. Thanks.
Terrie

AOL

#4170 May 19, 2011
catch22 wrote:
<quoted text> So they did not recognize your hernia complications as a disablement? Have you been declared disabeled? The attourney thing seems like you have to have one because of what you said (red tape)They (the fed govt.)are so intimidating that even the thought of filing for disability is overwhelmingly nerve racking. I have called an attorney but they only had there secretary call me. And she said more or less I'm screwed. Good luck with your case!
Hi catch22. I just saw this ad on tv. Don't use local area attorneys I was told this, by a small town lawyer, why cause everyone knows everybody. BUT I used Binder & Binder known nation wide. They done good work for me. The biggest thing you have to do is get good writen doctor reports that claim or says that your health is putting you disabled,( keeping you from doing your type of job or any other that is quit like it. Jobs like farming, warehouse, jobs that requires being on feet lifting over 25lbs, on a daily bases. 8 hours or more. Also having multi other health problems also counts. Things like low eye sight, blood presure, thyroid. other tissue, muscle problems. Go to SSdisability.gov and their is a list that tell you what health issues are accounted for quilfing for ssd. It takes almost 20 months to go through to the judge who rules your case. But now with all Fed Cuts, I don't know ho long it will take for rulings. Hey another ad just on for 1-866-625-00171 FREEDOM DISABILITY - SSDisability Help. Wish you the best.
catch22

Columbus, OH

#4171 May 19, 2011
Terrie wrote:
<quoted text>Hi catch22. I just saw this ad on tv. Don't use local area attorneys I was told this, by a small town lawyer, why cause everyone knows everybody. BUT I used Binder & Binder known nation wide. They done good work for me. The biggest thing you have to do is get good writen doctor reports that claim or says that your health is putting you disabled,( keeping you from doing your type of job or any other that is quit like it. Jobs like farming, warehouse, jobs that requires being on feet lifting over 25lbs, on a daily bases. 8 hours or more. Also having multi other health problems also counts. Things like low eye sight, blood presure, thyroid. other tissue, muscle problems. Go to SSdisability.gov and their is a list that tell you what health issues are accounted for quilfing for ssd. It takes almost 20 months to go through to the judge who rules your case. But now with all Fed Cuts, I don't know ho long it will take for rulings. Hey another ad just on for 1-866-625-00171 FREEDOM DISABILITY - SSDisability Help. Wish you the best.
Thanks for the info. I think it would be hard for the surgerons in my case to say I'm disabeled. They don't even take me seriously. I was going to have the mesh removed because a surgeon at the same hospital said it would relieve the pain but then surely another hernia would reccur. I just went back a month or so ago and finally after a year and a half I got to speak with THEE experienced surgeon (the others including the one who operated on me were "new". The experienced surgeon then told me taking it out would result in the same amount of pain or worse with almost certain reccurence. He said "some" people live with chronic pain like mine (covering his inexperienced colleages asses no doubt)for the rest of their life and need narcotic pain meds just to get through daily activities.That's when I realized I was in a "catch22" HOPELESS!Damned if I do and damned if I don't have the surgery. They won't admit that what they did caused this. So surely they will not even write to ss adm. that I am disabeled because of their surgeries on me. I feel like less than a man. Thanks for responding and dropping some knowledge on me.I appreciate it.
justme

Fargo, ND

#4173 May 20, 2011
catch22 wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks for the info. I think it would be hard for the surgerons in my case to say I'm disabeled. They don't even take me seriously. I was going to have the mesh removed because a surgeon at the same hospital said it would relieve the pain but then surely another hernia would reccur. I just went back a month or so ago and finally after a year and a half I got to speak with THEE experienced surgeon (the others including the one who operated on me were "new". The experienced surgeon then told me taking it out would result in the same amount of pain or worse with almost certain reccurence. He said "some" people live with chronic pain like mine (covering his inexperienced colleages asses no doubt)for the rest of their life and need narcotic pain meds just to get through daily activities.That's when I realized I was in a "catch22" HOPELESS!Damned if I do and damned if I don't have the surgery. They won't admit that what they did caused this. So surely they will not even write to ss adm. that I am disabeled because of their surgeries on me. I feel like less than a man. Thanks for responding and dropping some knowledge on me.I appreciate it.
Hello Catch22,
Your dr made a few valid arguements, some people do live with cronic pain. However, more and more people are doing so because of simple hernia repairs. With that said, your dr nest arguement is you could have another recurrance. However, could or would is irravant to the currant situation.
Here is my situation, I had a new redesigned kugle mesh with ring implanted to repair 2 herinas in my mid line. within three days I was back in er. I felt domething break but the er dismissed my concerns, assured me nothing was wrong. Nonetheless six weeks later, with assurance my first patch was not broke I had additional surgery to repair theother four hernia in my abdomin repaired.
justme

Fargo, ND

#4174 May 20, 2011
Catch22,
From this point on my life has been a living hell. Every time I went to the er or my dr I was dismissed, with one exception the er, injected me with morphine and sent me home with out a diganosis. For Eight months I was living with Mrsa. They final found out what was causing the fever. so I started antibotics, but in the mean time my hernia sites were explaning, so they said I had more hernias. long story short I went to California. I did not have more hernias the kugle patch broke and for almost a year it was causing damage to my vital organs. when the patch broke the ring started cutting my intestins, then parts of the patch attached to my colon and the list go on.
However my ordeal does not end there, there is allways a chance the herina can reacure. And I am no exceptionto to the rule..shortly after the emergency surgery, I started feeling the infection again. wouldnt you know it the dr in Idaho dismissed me again.. four months later they found mras again.. by this time the infection in my abdomin had compromised my new bio mesh.(Collamend the only bio mesh made by devol not recalled)
on june 6th I am having abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, all four of the patches are going to be removed. The infection and the fact part of my mussel were removed in emergency surgery I was destined to have another surgery.
The point I am trying to make is the longer you go without proper treatment the more damage the pacthes makes. If you have to go to another town or even another state do so.

justme

Fargo, ND

#4175 May 20, 2011
Catch22,
Start yuor disability now, dont wait for your dr you might not ever get them to say your disabled and the process of ssd takes a long time.
On another note for those of you applying for disability they delay and denie for as long as they can, I have been denied twice, after that it is time to hire a lawyer, they are allowed to take 25 % but not more than 6,000 dollars, my lawyer informed me of that. The waiting time for a ss trial is more than a year and a half. When the economey sunk, two and a half million people filed for disability
Terrie

AOL

#4177 May 20, 2011
justme wrote:
Catch22,
Start yuor disability now, dont wait for your dr you might not ever get them to say your disabled and the process of ssd takes a long time.
On another note for those of you applying for disability they delay and denie for as long as they can, I have been denied twice, after that it is time to hire a lawyer, they are allowed to take 25 % but not more than 6,000 dollars, my lawyer informed me of that. The waiting time for a ss trial is more than a year and a half. When the economey sunk, two and a half million people filed for disability
Very Very True! I had moved back in 2007, started anew job in a book warehouse, 8-10 night shift, had to be able to lift up to 25 lbs. 3weeks into job, I started getting sick. twisted insides, all signs of a hernia. my family doctor said on poking on adbominal area he said yes but also said that i had thyroid problems and gas diabeties. So with all medical records I filed on line for SSD, it seemed like 6 weeks later was deined. I didn't word something to their liken,so was deined. So I went to area attorney, they said no, but gave me Binder& Binder. Filing goes in steps. Paper work filed in I think jn triple forms. But it does take 18 months. Yet I have heard where others have gotten theirs sooner. I did get it. You do get what they call back pay, I think that adds up from the time you file and they deined you. You can end up with quit a chunk of $$$$$$. Then a monthly check. But don't delay it.
Bruce

New Orleans, LA

#4178 May 20, 2011
sue henderson wrote:
<quoted text>
janice, i sure hope you are seeing an infectous disease doctor. right after my hernia repair i was having about one half a cup of nasty smelly drainage. the surgeon put me on keflex, it did not help, called his office several times crying. they called in two more refills of the keflex,even though i told them it was not getting better. i demanded a culture on the infection of course the doc should have done this on his own, but didn't for 2 or 3 months. it came back i had e coli and another infection and had to spend 3 days in the hospital on heavy duty antibiotics, one cost 800.00 per tablet, thank god i have insurance. it took another three month to clear it up. i layed on the sofa for 5 months on my back with 4 maxi pads across my belly to catch the drainage. so please i hope you have seen an infectious disease doctor, you have to. good luck god bless, know what you are going thru. hang in there. sue
To anyone who is suffering with infection form mesh complication issues. i recommend that you obtain the book "Hernia Infections"by the late Maximo Deysine, past president of the American Hernia Society. You can order it on Amazon, show it to your infections disease specialist. The book highlights strains of infection not typically cultured for in a lab test. Good luck and hang in there, You are not alone or crazy....Bruce
Bruce

New Orleans, LA

#4179 May 20, 2011
joe r wrote:
Please let me know if the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Proleen Mesh patch is recalled.
Hey Joe,

There are no recalls or even warnings yet from the FDA CDRH regarding Ethicon's Prolene PHS, or for any mesh hernia products regarding the issue of base materials (polypropylene, PTFE, ect.) degradation, stiffening and contraction with scarification, adhesion and erosion injuries, migration and chronic pain.
One of the reasons for this according to them is the lack of patients reporting the adverse event to the FDA. You all must make that report, you can go online to www.FDA.gov and search for "Maude" reporting, or call them directly the number is on the site.
Feel better,

Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
catch22

Columbus, OH

#4180 May 21, 2011
justme wrote:
Catch22,
From this point on my life has been a living hell. Every time I went to the er or my dr I was dismissed, with one exception the er, injected me with morphine and sent me home with out a diganosis. For Eight months I was living with Mrsa. They final found out what was causing the fever. so I started antibotics, but in the mean time my hernia sites were explaning, so they said I had more hernias. long story short I went to California. I did not have more hernias the kugle patch broke and for almost a year it was causing damage to my vital organs. when the patch broke the ring started cutting my intestins, then parts of the patch attached to my colon and the list go on.
However my ordeal does not end there, there is allways a chance the herina can reacure. And I am no exceptionto to the rule..shortly after the emergency surgery, I started feeling the infection again. wouldnt you know it the dr in Idaho dismissed me again.. four months later they found mras again.. by this time the infection in my abdomin had compromised my new bio mesh.(Collamend the only bio mesh made by devol not recalled)
on june 6th I am having abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, all four of the patches are going to be removed. The infection and the fact part of my mussel were removed in emergency surgery I was destined to have another surgery.
The point I am trying to make is the longer you go without proper treatment the more damage the pacthes makes. If you have to go to another town or even another state do so.
That is a real horror story! How are you able to get through the day? My barber had mrsa for 9 months (is that how you spell it?)He had a CT scan and they treated him just like you (neglect for sure! malpractice? Doctors do not seem to take you seriously unless your bleeding from everywhere,vomiting and have a fever of 105 degrees. This seems to be quite common (the docs not taking you seriously) That is why I'm just giving up and hoping my primary doc will treat me with have mercy for the rest of my life. I sincerely hope you get these prblems fixed. And if you have to make a major scene right then and there if you know somethings wrong with you after sugery and they want to just get rid of you. Have you seen the story of the woman who had hernia sugery? And she told her surgeon somethings not right! And he sent her home anyway. She ended up dying of periotinitis from a perforated bowel! I hope that "doctor" burns in hell and others like him who let there ego and merciless personality get in the way of treating people. Good luck with your surgery!
All Meshed Up

Littleton, CO

#4181 May 21, 2011
The FDA isn't going to or ever will recognize the problems with Prolene mesh. I have gone to the site 3 times and put my 2 cents in and thats about what its worth. Sorry Bruce, I have given up on anybody helping us. You and I have talked and correspoded for years and I have NO faith in any Lawyer or governmental agency to help us. ITS A SCAM. I will never get better until I die. Thats the fact of things as I see it. I get up every morning and try to have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE but how can I when there isn't a chance in HELL that I will be better? How can I have a positive attitude about being disabled for no fault of my own and not being able to get some sort of compensation from the people that made the crap that has injured me. How can I have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE when NO lawyer will represent me because there are so many ways that I CANNOT SUE instead of the reasons I should be able to sue? Motley Crew won't represent m,e until my ring breaks inside me. So what the hell is the point. I'm wiped out with NO resources and no way to get better. And that is the fact of it. The FDA isn't going to do crap for us.
All Meshed Up

Littleton, CO

#4182 May 21, 2011
I don't mean to say that some people will not get relief if they can get their mesh out. I can't. Its just this whole thing about notifing the FDA about mesh is worthless. Weve been telling them for years but NOTHING comes of it. The only people benefiting from all of this is the Dr.'s and lawyers. PLEASE correct me if I am wrong. Anybody reading this been able to sue and get compensation from Bard, Ethicon, Davol? If so please let us know the path to do the same. I DON'T THINK SO! We are pissing in the wind and wasting our time on a govermental agency that doesn't want to hear about our problems. They couldn't care less. Its easier to go after a prescription drug or a knee replacement device. They do not see us or recognize us as anything other than LAB RATS, expendable and not worth their time. Some body prove me wrong! I am waiting because there is nothing else I can do. I am not normally a negative person. Anybody that knows me would say that I am a happy person but this mesh thing has ruined my life and that of many others and we don't have any recourse except to complain to an agency that won't do anything for lab rats. And that includes the lawyers that are Hernia "Specialists". They can't see any dollar bills so they can't see us either.
justme

Fargo, ND

#4183 May 21, 2011
catch22 wrote:
<quoted text> That is a real horror story! How are you able to get through the day? My barber had mrsa for 9 months (is that how you spell it?)He had a CT scan and they treated him just like you (neglect for sure! malpractice? Doctors do not seem to take you seriously unless your bleeding from everywhere,vomiting and have a fever of 105 degrees. This seems to be quite common (the docs not taking you seriously) That is why I'm just giving up and hoping my primary doc will treat me with have mercy for the rest of my life. I sincerely hope you get these prblems fixed. And if you have to make a major scene right then and there if you know somethings wrong with you after sugery and they want to just get rid of you. Have you seen the story of the woman who had hernia sugery? And she told her surgeon somethings not right! And he sent her home anyway. She ended up dying of periotinitis from a perforated bowel! I hope that "doctor" burns in hell and others like him who let there ego and merciless personality get in the way of treating people. Good luck with your surgery!
Hello Catch22,
I have to agree my story is a horror story. However, I am one of the lucky ones. I say this because I had a friend in california in the same situation, He had one kugel patch, for over six years he suffered with a open wound that drained non stop. I don't know why he did not return to his doctor but he didn't. Male pride perhaps embarrese maybee. Irronically his sister and my sister lived next door. They noticed our condidtions were the same but I was only in it for a year. Well he finally returned to the dr that implanted his kugel mesh. The dr admited him and preformed emergency surgery. He lost a large portion of his intestins, parts of his colon, of course he had infections, he was on life support for 30 days. He remaind on infection medicine for a year, but he made it. it took a year for him to fully recover and today he is the man he was before he was implanted with kugel mesh. Because of him and our sisters I was able to find a doctor to help me. His story gives me strength and hope for a better future.

justme

Fargo, ND

#4184 May 21, 2011
All Meshed Up wrote:
I don't mean to say that some people will not get relief if they can get their mesh out. I can't. Its just this whole thing about notifing the FDA about mesh is worthless. Weve been telling them for years but NOTHING comes of it. The only people benefiting from all of this is the Dr.'s and lawyers. PLEASE correct me if I am wrong. Anybody reading this been able to sue and get compensation from Bard, Ethicon, Davol? If so please let us know the path to do the same. I DON'T THINK SO! We are pissing in the wind and wasting our time on a govermental agency that doesn't want to hear about our problems. They couldn't care less. Its easier to go after a prescription drug or a knee replacement device. They do not see us or recognize us as anything other than LAB RATS, expendable and not worth their time. Some body prove me wrong! I am waiting because there is nothing else I can do. I am not normally a negative person. Anybody that knows me would say that I am a happy person but this mesh thing has ruined my life and that of many others and we don't have any recourse except to complain to an agency that won't do anything for lab rats. And that includes the lawyers that are Hernia "Specialists". They can't see any dollar bills so they can't see us either.
All meshed up,
Hang in there, your are not alone, soon I will prove you wrong. We are not the forgotten lab rats. We are the relentless meshies, destined to put an end to the use of dangerous,defective,medical porducts. Go with god and remember "this to will pass"
Sue

Walled Lake, MI

#4185 May 21, 2011
I had 3 separate infections from the mesh. I read that in some people with the mess it attracts some kind of bacteria. I had it taken out my new surgeon is going to use pig skin. I wore a wound vac for about 5 months. I've been living with a large abdominal hernia since 3009. I have to get it repaired but I am so afraid. I feel bad for everyone out there going through the same thing. Hang in there. God Bless

Since: May 11

Greenwood, MS

#4186 May 22, 2011
is the Vivian Bruce trial still in may
All Meshed Up

Littleton, CO

#4187 May 23, 2011
justme wrote:
<quoted text>
All meshed up,
Hang in there, your are not alone, soon I will prove you wrong. We are not the forgotten lab rats. We are the relentless meshies, destined to put an end to the use of dangerous,defective,medical porducts. Go with god and remember "this to will pass"
I truly hope you are right. I just don't believe it will happen. The FDA knows that if they recall mesh products then ALL mesh products could be recalled. People will want this crap out of them whether it is affecting them or not. THEN the insurance companys and the medical manufacturers will have to pay out multiple millions to all of us that have been injured. The government won't allow it to happen. Because my surgeries were done in '08 I am now out of time to sue unless this ring in me breaks. IF I survive the ring breaking I can then open a case against Kugel but how long will that take. I more than likely will be DEAD before I ever get compensation. Just as the medical community would want it. The more this is delayed the more of us will pass away the more money they will save. East peasy! I'm not paranoid. I know they are doing this. Otherwise our complaints to the FDA would be addressed. But they aren't and they won't be. And if they are then there will be a cutoff date and more than likely the majority of us will miraculously NOT be in that segment of Lab Rats that will be helped. I have no faith in this process any more. I am more than willing to help people with advice and try to guide them thru this madness of mesh but I can't in good conscience suggest that someone approach a lawyer and have them think they will get monetary compensation.
tracey delehanty

Pawtucket, RI

#4188 May 23, 2011
i wish they would not use any hernia patche until future notice. my husband die of liver failure, i believe that the hernia patche was the cause.unforthly i never could find a lawyer who thought i had a case.i even wrote to the health dept many times. the doctor said because michael drank in early years. hospitals continue using the patches.

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