Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns ...

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

There are 8252 comments on the PRWeb story from Feb 4, 2007, titled Hernia Mesh Patch Recall - FDA Warns of Death and Serious Healt.... In it, PRWeb reports that:

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, ...

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Rick

Lancaster, CA

#2234 May 19, 2009
Bruce I have been told the pain is caused by my back problems. Since then I have been opened up to find the mesh has hardened and integrated into my body there is nothing they can do, frankly I feel screwed. I am in pain constantly. I even went to a lawyer I just found out today it wasn't worth their time to take the case so I just got screwed again. The pain consatant and the mental anguish is getting to me. I don't know how much longer I can take this. So I don't think The FDA or the manufacturer is going to listen to me.
Bruce wrote:
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Rick,
If this is a "late stage" secondary mesh injury. Meaning, the original surgeon put in the mesh correctly but the materials shrink and crush the nerves and spermatic cord., causing pain....Then you must report to the manufacturer and the FDA, call your original surgeon and tell him he must report also. Then consider going to an experienced mesh surgeon for a consult after you try the injections (directly into the groin) which will temporarily quiet the nerves. If the pain comes back indicates mesh or plug contracture.. Symptoms include post ejaculatory pain, pain traveling to the scrotum or into the leg, across the pelvis to the bladder also. Let us know how you are doing after initial less invasive treatments.
Feel better,
Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
wolf99

AOL

#2235 May 19, 2009
Dave; Is their any mesh that is trouble free or has a slim chance of giving a person problems. I really don't understand why the surgeon repaired my first ventral hernia with entrapment with 2 past surgeries, with the tension technique. Now reading from over on NP I have not only a recurrence of a ventral hernia I have a outie navel hernia also which I had ever since a child. This might sound odd but is there a mesh that gives and takes with body muscle.
Lindalou

Rickmansworth, UK

#2236 May 20, 2009
Crash888 wrote:
Oh my God. I have been suffering since 2002 when I had a right inguinal hernia repair. I remember the next day when leaving the hospital that they said they did "not do wheelchairs here". After ten minutes I had managed to walk about 5 yards before they finally relented and found me a wheelchair, six years on and I could cry. The intensity of the pain inspired me to Google my symptoms and I found this rather interesting forum.
Now, I don't know if I patches fitted in the UK have been affected but I intend to find out which patch was fitted. Ever since my operation I have been in pain, I have given up just about everything in life (including the obvious) due to the pain and discomfort I am constantly in. The pain is in the repair site and radiates down to the testicals as though they are being yanked upwards by whatever holds them there.
I deal with the pain as best I can but just occasionally I have to take Tramadol so I don't care about the pain anymore. Is this how life will be forever more. I would normally take one now as I am in so much pain but Tramadol make me want to chain smoke and I gave up smoking 2 months ago so don't want to tempt fate. If anyone has any suggestions as to alternative pain relief I would gladly hear from you please.
Love and peace to you all
I'm also suffering the same after having my hernia repaired a few years ago ....it's driving me mad I go to the pain management Clinic but today they have told me they cant do anything else so it's put up and shut up I'm in the UK
Lindalou

Rickmansworth, UK

#2237 May 20, 2009
Sorry I'm in the same sitution as you I had my hernia opetation done a few years ago and have had pain ever since .........I take tramadol and use lidocaine patches what good they do though........I have been going to the pain management Clinic but today they said they can do no more so put up and shut up more or less....When I meantioned the mesh to the Specialist he said he wasnt aware of anything wrong with the use of them ..........were do I go from here I'm in the UK ??????????
turing

United States

#2238 May 20, 2009
had the operation done today, have no clue what was used. so far, 12 hours after surgery, no pain no swelling...man i hope you all are wrong. i got major worries after reading the horror stories that have been printed here.
If those of you who are "wearing" the recall patch contacted any lawyers???? especially if the surgery was done after the recall date and still used by the doctor??
hal in elyria

Elyria, OH

#2239 May 21, 2009
well its almost 4months an i still have a seroma an now i have kidney stones in right one i dont know what there going to do about that hurts like hell they wont drane my seroma
wolf99

AOL

#2240 May 21, 2009
hal in elyria wrote:
well its almost 4months an i still have a seroma an now i have kidney stones in right one i dont know what there going to do about that hurts like hell they wont drane my seroma
Hal go over to the North Penn Hernia site and leave your questions for Doctor Goodyear or a hernia doctor over on that board. Only trying to help you out. It also sounds like you may need to find another surgeon out of the area that you are in. I'm not for sure where you are at in Ohio. We use to live in Middletown Ohio close to Cinn.
wolf99

AOL

#2241 May 21, 2009
wolf99 wrote:
<quoted text> Hal go over to the North Penn Hernia site and leave your questions for Doctor Goodyear or a hernia doctor over on that board. Only trying to help you out. It also sounds like you may need to find another surgeon out of the area that you are in. I'm not for sure where you are at in Ohio. We use to live in Middletown Ohio close to Cinn.
Hal I just lookrd Elyria up you are way up the northern part of Ohio,
wolf99

AOL

#2242 May 21, 2009
wolf99 wrote:
Dave; Is their any mesh that is trouble free or has a slim chance of giving a person problems. I really don't understand why the surgeon repaired my first ventral hernia with entrapment with 2 past surgeries, with the tension technique. Now reading from over on NP I have not only a recurrence of a ventral hernia I have a outie navel hernia also which I had ever since a child. This might sound odd but is there a mesh that gives and takes with body muscle.
Ok what is making these patches ball all up and hard as rock, and stick to the bowels and other places they aren't suppose to. I thought that on reading of the different meshes and different suture technique that maybe some types of sutures don't work with certain types of mesh???
Lindalou

Rickmansworth, UK

#2243 May 21, 2009
Am I the only one from the UK having problems with the mesh repair or do you know of more ??????
cmosher

Grosse Pointe, MI

#2244 May 21, 2009
My mother had an abdominal hernia repair done in 2000 and in 2006 had to quit working all togeather due to complications of failed gore-tex mesh patch that was used, Dr's believe that it is now balled up inside of her abdomin cutting her up inside. I have found info on the Kugel patch but nothing on the Gore-tex. I was told through a lawsuit there is money set aside for people like my mother to have it removed and the damage it caused repaired. Any one with hepful information? Thanks-so-much. cmosher1966@msn.com
Gary

Macon, GA

#2245 May 21, 2009
I had a colon resection several years ago,(early 2000, I think). Abouth three years later I had a hernia in the incision and had surgery to repair it and mesh was used in the repair . How do I find out if the mesh that was used in my surgery was part of the recall?
wolf99

AOL

#2246 May 21, 2009
Gary wrote:
I had a colon resection several years ago,(early 2000, I think). Abouth three years later I had a hernia in the incision and had surgery to repair it and mesh was used in the repair . How do I find out if the mesh that was used in my surgery was part of the recall?
05/21/09 Hi Gary Either go to the surgeon that did the surgery or to the record department at the hospital and ask for your surgery records. You have to sign a release for them. That far back they will tell you that they are in storage and may take a week for them to obtain them. But when you say for them it might cost you depending on how many pages their are, cost around $25.00. Ask for your cost list /material list, your patient report, Operation report or if you want everything thats fine also. But the three things I listed tell you what type mesh he used. On the operation report the mesh package and coding should be attach to the report.also some insurance companies ask for a copy of medical surgery report.
stewmuch4nE1

Little Rock, MS

#2247 May 24, 2009
Sister-- ur getting real closed to the horrific truth....but THEY have known about it for much longer. Keep digging. And the #1 ? What is it made of? Therein lies the answer to most questions.
sister seroma wrote:
I would like everyone to try Acunpture for pain, there are doctors out there that are trying this and I know that it does help some...Neurotin is also something that gives releif and does not constipate as the pain meds seem to, as you all know, when your bowels have adhesion, have been punctured from a mesh and scar tissue forms, the last thing you need is a med to cause severe constipation, not to mention all the ladies that have had their pelvic floor prolapse after mutiple surgeries to input different mesh material and then to have surgery to remove those monsters.
I hope after this litigation with Bard/Davol is over that ALL the companies that make these MESH materials think twice about
a. what is it made of?
b. what is the correct method of placing the material in a body, and whom operates and places it, and if they are trained in placing such a material and know themselves what it is made out of.
c. the after these products are placed into a living human being that they are montiered correctly and take very good care of and if a problem arises, there are medical staff to take care of these people till they are well.
I believe that most surgeons do know relise just how many products are out there, they are all different and made by differnt companies, and the sales reps get huge bonuses to push their brand on the surgeons, and after they are placed in people the companies and most surgeons are left with the problems to deal with, not fair to the surgeons, or the patients. The companies are the maker and should be responsible for take care of the patients after the procedure...most patients never said, YES put this in me to help me, nor did they know, nor told what it is, what it is made of and what could be the complications.
People have died, over 1000 are still injured, sick ad full of seromas or the mesh and from what I have read if true, they cannot find a surgeon to take it out in fear of being sued if there is a complication,
nuff for now, just know that I do not think that surgeons knew of the complications of the Bard/Davol/Kuge mesh early enough themselves, if so they would have opted for either another mesh, or another procedure, i.e. a plastic surgeon to address the problems,
our bodies are our bodies, and they should be taken to be precious. There should have been a lot more told to everyone that a "mesh" product was placed into and I regret that nobody thought of that. I know the doctors that read this and give advise are trying to help, but how do you help after muscle has had to be cut out? How do you help the negligence of these companies from telling all of you all the risks and not being honest about all the complications they knew in early 2003 and 2004 yet withheld this information?
Also everyone know you have the right to have your surgery notes, your have the right to know what is placed in your body, you have the right to find out why information was not put on the table to the doctors, surgeons and for us the patients.
it is horrible that people have died, people are sick and still have a product in them that is causing more pain than if you are walking around with a knife stuck deep inside 24/7, and the nightmares of being torn apart inside never stop, they never leave. PTS is horrible, we relive the operations every day, all day long.
thanks for reading and I hope everyone get better and life gets painfree as much as possible, and the scars on your body and mind heal soon.
Bren

United States

#2248 May 24, 2009
PLEASE point me in the direction of the recall for the mesh patch. I had this done for an inguinal hernia back in 1994. I've recently reinjured it and the pain is horrific daily..can barely walk, sit, bend, etc. What years were they recalled? I'm trying to get my old hospital records from back then with no luck!
Lisa wrote:
I had the hernia patch put in 2002. Since then I have had unexplained blood loss, transfusins, severe abdominal problems that led to the diagnosis of Colitis, then serious heart palpitations when I eat and the list goes on. I kept telling ALL the docs that there was something wrong in my abdomen. It felt like I had lots of scar tissue inside. I saw the ad on TV for the recall. Called my surgeon and sure enough, I have the recalled patch! Now, I go in next week, for a consutation and then surgery.
My e-mail is LeezaAnn63@hotmail.com
I wuld love to hear from anybody else that has had their patch removed.
Lisa
Ashley

Newnan, GA

#2249 May 24, 2009
I had a kidney removed due to renal vascular malformation. After that ordeal, I had incisional hernia repair in 2007 and then again in 2008. Now almost 1 1/2 years later I am in pain. My stomach is swelling up. I am not able to do everything I used to do. Nobody informed me of those complications before the surgery. I don't think this will ever get better. I lost my job, because I was out three times in a row. After reading all your messages, this is extremely depressing. Is there any help out there? Has anyone had a positive outcome? hscharrer63@gmail.com
wolf99

AOL

#2251 May 25, 2009
Michelle

United States

#2252 May 27, 2009
Hi all you have to do is get your records from the doctor that did your surgery. That will have all the information on it.
jennifer wrote:
I had a hernia above my navel repaired last summer. I have had pains in my abdomen(which radiate into my chest and shoulder) swelling, constipation, indigestion--inspite of nexium. They tell me I need a hysterectomy, but the pain is up around my belly button. How do I determine if my patch was one of the recalled ones and who do I see to find out if the patch is what's wrong with me?
patti

Edmonton, Canada

#2253 May 27, 2009
Looking for Lorene from Merritt BC- had an operation for a hernia a few years ago and is having problems. THX
Sandra Senatobia MS

Brandon, MS

#2254 May 27, 2009
To The Doctor
I have a question. Can you do a partial removal of mesh for instance, remove the bottom half and close it with sutures and leave the previous mesh in as it is? Also, could you take
all the mesh out and replace part of it with mesh
and the other part with sutures? Thanks for your
input.
Sandra

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