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Bruce

United States

#1170 Jul 22, 2008
tracy jones wrote:
hi i had surgary june 17th 2008 and a week later i developed a sharp pain on my lower left side. Its tender to touch and its red as a lobster my surgan says its red do to be being a little over weight. He couldn't tell me the reason why my left side is tender. I tired of the pain i can only stand for two hours before im hurting so bad that i cry. I don't know what to do anymore I have three children that depend on me and i can't do for them like i need to with the pain.
Tracy,
Is the redness or pain near the site of the surgery? Did you have a mesh implanted, and what product? It's not your weight!! Redness may indicate infection. Your surgeon is not honest with you, there may be something wrong. It is your life so take charge and get help. Please seek medical attention elsewhere A.S.A.P. to determine if you have infection. It may not show in initial blood test, could be abscess/ fistula after the surgery. Packing a festering wound is no fun. Please let us know when you see another doctor and the results of your test, ask for a scan.

Good luck and feel better,

Bruce
Jan f

Aiken, SC

#1171 Jul 23, 2008
FYI........I have sent in my report to the FDA...waiting for their response.
Thank all of you for your helpfulness.
I am overwhelmed by what I have read on this forum.
bruce

Chicago, IL

#1172 Jul 24, 2008
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Tracy,
Is the redness or pain near the site of the surgery? Did you have a mesh implanted, and what product? It's not your weight!! Redness may indicate infection. Your surgeon is not honest with you, there may be something wrong. It is your life so take charge and get help. Please seek medical attention elsewhere A.S.A.P. to determine if you have infection. It may not show in initial blood test, could be abscess/ fistula after the surgery. Packing a festering wound is no fun. Please let us know when you see another doctor and the results of your test, ask for a scan. my primary doctor gave me meds for infection i had to take them for ten days four times a day. The surgan is an ass he said there was no infection but to finish the meds. He wont even spend more than a minute in the exam room i seem my primary doc today and shes starting to act like she don't care. I also called the surgan and he said if it is the netting he don't take it out. i found out its prolene netting so if anyone has any problems with that one please let me know
Good luck and feel better,
Bruce[tracy]
bruce

Chicago, IL

#1173 Jul 24, 2008
sorry i worte it in ur reply i was saying my primary gave me meds for an infection and the surgan said there was none but to finish the meds. I had to take them four times a day for ten days and the redness is not going away. the pain is so bad some days that i can't even get up I called the surgan and he said he don't remove it if thats the problem. He don't want to addmit that it might be the problem
Bruce

United States

#1174 Jul 25, 2008
bruce wrote:
sorry i worte it in ur reply i was saying my primary gave me meds for an infection and the surgan said there was none but to finish the meds. I had to take them four times a day for ten days and the redness is not going away. the pain is so bad some days that i can't even get up I called the surgan and he said he don't remove it if thats the problem. He don't want to addmit that it might be the problem
Tracy,
That's okay, I see where the blog joined our comments together....
Please keep in mind the importance of a second opinion. Your doctor saying he won't take out the mesh is okay until the root of your problem is discovered.**The antibiotic may not work on all infections, and infection trapped in the pores of the mesh, or abcess or fistula is tough to beat with oral antibiotics. Often requires intravenous with extended treatment period. May indicate need for removal if it is not cured in reasonable time or becomes necrotic (dying tissue, end up wound packing.) Stay calm, move on to the next doctor. I'd order that Maximo Deysine book "Hernia Infections" from amazon.com asap and show it to the next surgeon. I highly recommend you contact Dr. Galloway in Atlanta, Georgia as he specializes in mesh related infection and abcess, does mesh removal if needed. Contact me at [email protected] leave me your phone #, I'll call you with his contact info.
feel better,

Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
amhickchick

Louisville, KY

#1175 Jul 25, 2008
I recently (Mar 31) had what every surgeon I saw referred to as a massive hernia repaired. The surgeon is in Nashville, Tn and did a wonderful job. I can see my toes again. Anyway, he uses biomesh, Strattice, Alloderm, etc. and has performed well over 200 of these abdominal repairs. His name is Richard Miller at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tn. He is also over the trauma dept so, in essence, he's accustomed to putting humpty dumpty back together again. So, for anyone with an abdominal hernia who wants it repaired by an experienced surgeon who uses biologic materials, I highly recommend him. Oh, by the way, my hernia was caused from a surgery to remove polyethylene mesh by a different surgeon. Things went very badly and this HUGE hernia was one of the results and the last of 6 corrective surgeries to repair the damage. IMHO it is best to have the mesh removed ASAP as the damage is much greater over time....or better yet...DON'T LET ANYONE CONVINCE YOU TO LET THEM PUT SYNTHETIC MESH IN YOUR BODY. IT IS NOT SAFE.
pocomojotia wrote:
I have been reading all the horror stories on here and now I am scared to death! On Jan 8th 2008 I had adomnioplasty. Unfortunatly I had a failed muscle repair due to very weak fascia. The ONLY way to fix it according to my plastic surgeon is with mesh. I have been researching mesh today and found this site. He said its the only way to repair the muscle damage I have. I have a protruding tummy but no hernia. After reading your posts I am wondering if there are any successful stories. I don't know if I want to risk what you guys have went through. Has anyone used mesh to fix Muscle Repair?
Jan

Minneapolis, MN

#1176 Jul 26, 2008
Question: I have had four abdominal surgeries - the first for a ruptured appendix and the last three to repair hernias that resulted from the original surgery. it's been almost four years since the last surgery - does anyone know when the scar from the incision should fade? Mine is often quite red and i'm wondering if that has anything to do with the problems I'm having from the davol mesh that was implanted.
Jan

Minneapolis, MN

#1177 Jul 26, 2008
Julie wrote:
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Hi,
Yes this site contains horror stories and I feel awful for all the suffering people, but please know that this is just a small percentage of patients who receive mesh. Mesh is safer and has less complications for tissue and muscle repair compared to if sutures alone are used, plus theres less pain with mesh. As long as your doc finds decent fascia and give you a piece of mesh with a good size overlap, your odds of being fine with a short recovery time are very possible. I'm in the industry and have devoted a huge portion of my time to this. Good luck with everything.
I wish I had the faith you have - i'm not the only one in my family who has had problems with mesh products - my brother-in-law has crohn's disease and had had umpteen operations - each time they put new mesh in - he's now been told that he's run out of options - his body is so riddled with scar tissue that any additional surgery is out of the question.
Mike from Philly

Smyrna, DE

#1178 Jul 27, 2008
I do not know what to do. I had bilateral hernia repair in 2005 which the surgeon used the perfix hernia plug. I had them removed in 2007. The hernia patches had shrunk and my nerves were entangled in them. And now, 8 months later, finding out that the right side, which the doctor used biomesh, did not work. I am in more pain now than ever. The same surgeon, who was referred to me by Dr. Ramshaw, is a good surgeon has scheduled me for bilateral hernia repair August 1. The right side is the only side but he said that the left will most likely do the same in a couple of months. He is doing them laparoscopically. Before the right side gave way, I was already working on reducing my pain meds because my back is in a bad way. I had seen a surgeon who is willing to do surgery but gave me conditions to meet. The pain meds must be reduced because the fusion will not take. So, for this past week, I have been taken 90mg of morphine instead of 100 mg 3 times a day. In another week, it will be reduced to 60 mg. I am in tears. I still can't touch my groin area still from surgery. I am what you call it - at their mercy right now. I just want my life back. I want to be out of this pain. Please help me. The surgeon was so busy, he didn't even have time to tell me what kind of mesh he is going to use. I have pretesting on Monday. I am seeing my cardiologist on Monday for medical clearance and I am sure another stress test. I even tried calling another surgeon who has a good name. The receptionists stated that he does not give 2nd opinions. May God take all of our pain away just for one day. Take care all.
Mike from Philly

Royersford, PA

#1179 Jul 27, 2008
Sorry to all when I said: May God take all of our pain away just for one day. What I really meant is "May God take all of our pain away but if that is to much to ask, I will gladly take it for just one day." I want you all to know that I am praying real hard that one day we WILL BE PAIN FREE. I am real glad that I found this forum. There isn't one amoug us that has a selfish bone. We are here to help the next person. We are making sure that our voices are being heard at the FDA. We do not want this happening to another person. Thank you all for being here. I wish I could be more active here but it is very hard for me sitting anymore. I spend most of my time flat on my back. I think I have rented every movie at NETFLIX. Even the stupid ones like Blaire Witch Project. I even watched the making of it like I was expecting it to be better than the movie. Right!!!!!! Take care all. You are in my prayers
frightened

Knoxville, TN

#1180 Jul 27, 2008
Hello, I have to admit the stories that I have read in these types of forums would make up a book of horror, it has however made people like me aware and very cautious about these physicians that are ready to just do the job inserting a mesh patch without any research of the after affects. I have had a very small Inguinal Hernia on my right side for about a year, I finally asked my physician to examine it and give me his opinion He did and said it was in his opinion a reducible hernia; - He also would refer me to a surgeon for a further exam to be sure. I than went to the surgeon and he also said it was a reducible hernia but he was very quick to suggest patching it up. I had told him that I was doing some research on recalled mesh patches and with an immediate sarcastic voice said he did not use any recalled patches and referred to some other mesh patch that he uses. I did not like the idea of a quick decision or attitude so I stopped the conversation at that point and left the office. It seemed he took offense of me doing research on the mesh patches.I have done some recearch on the Shouldice Hospital in Canada, Does anyone have any comments? It would be appreciated.

Since: Apr 07

stockton ca

#1181 Jul 27, 2008
Hello everyone, My name is Linda & if you look back thru here I have posted several times before. I guess you could say I was one of the lucky ones to get the right help in a short amount of time. I am for the most part pain free. Mostly just some quick stabs or dull aches. Nothing like I was having before. It has been 5 1/2 months since my surgery & I am very happy with the way it came out. After my first surgery in Jan 06. I was scared to death to have it done again. My Heart goes out to each & everyone of you on your pain & the emotional rollercoaster this puts you thru. I am very strong willed & refused to give up or give in. This was not going to beat me. I was going to beat it. Please keep pushing the issues with your Drs & qanyone else that will listen to you. I wouldn't give up. Even if it meant seeing my PC every week to get where I needed to be. Not all of us can be pain free but, It would be great if it could at least be reduced without having to live on meds. May God Bless Each & Everyone of You & Take your Pain Away.. [email protected] Together we can all hopefully put an end to all the suffering from these products... Stay Strong & God Bless
Emily

Grand Prairie, TX

#1183 Jul 28, 2008
Hi, I have read through a lot of the threads and have found I have a lot in common with some of you. I had the prolene mesh hernia patch put in back in aug. of 06. Recovery was awful and I still have not even fully recovered. I'm not sure if any or all of this is related to having the patch, but it all started post surgery. I have developed chronic fatigue syndrome, knots in my abdomen, lost 75 lbs., have digestive issues, stabbing and burning pains in my abdomen, tender abdomen, and some swelling around my belly. The pain is awful. I spoke to my surgeon about this several times and really felt like he blew me off and eventually he tried to refer me to pain management. I haven't gotten any pain management and I'm a 26 year old stay home mother of 3, so its been a huge impact on my life negatively ofcourse. I posted a complaint on the fda website a few months ago, now I wonder where do I go from here? Thanks to all... I was starting to feel like a crazy hypochondriac!
Bruce

United States

#1184 Jul 29, 2008
Emily wrote:
Hi, I have read through a lot of the threads and have found I have a lot in common with some of you. I had the prolene mesh hernia patch put in back in aug. of 06. Recovery was awful and I still have not even fully recovered. I'm not sure if any or all of this is related to having the patch, but it all started post surgery. I have developed chronic fatigue syndrome, knots in my abdomen, lost 75 lbs., have digestive issues, stabbing and burning pains in my abdomen, tender abdomen, and some swelling around my belly. The pain is awful. I spoke to my surgeon about this several times and really felt like he blew me off and eventually he tried to refer me to pain management. I haven't gotten any pain management and I'm a 26 year old stay home mother of 3, so its been a huge impact on my life negatively ofcourse. I posted a complaint on the fda website a few months ago, now I wonder where do I go from here? Thanks to all... I was starting to feel like a crazy hypochondriac!
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 [email protected] for his # if you can't get it.
Feel better,

Bruce
National Meshoma Foundation
Tracy

Stockton, CA

#1185 Jul 30, 2008
I had an umbilical hernia June 19,'08. The mesh(not sure of the make)is 2" above the navel. That is about 1/2" from my sternum. It burns in that area daily. I still have abdominal swelling to where I can't zip my clothes yet. I am unable to sleep on my stomach and it hurts to sleep on my side. I still need to grab onto the side of my bed to pull myself up.
I have talked to the surgeon and he seems to not care. My reg. Dr saw me and
said I was having muscle spasms, give it 4 more weeks and don't exercise my muscles until then.
It is difficult to go to the bathroom also.
There is no outward sign of infection.
Can anyone help?
I have searched the internet for weeks!
Thank you
[email protected]
Tracy

Stockton, CA

#1186 Jul 30, 2008
P.S.
I had a direct repair. And the original swelling made me look 6 mo. pregnant for about 3 weeks. I still can't buckle my sandal's very well. I also have what feels like there is a hard lump around my navel. I am also having a pain in the lower left side. It feels like a muscle is pulled/sore/tearing daily especially when I take a deep breath. It normally starts hurting after being up for a few hours. I have to hold my stomach when I walk. It is getting depressing.
Tracy
E from DC

Bethesda, MD

#1187 Jul 31, 2008
Mike from Philly,
I'm sorry to hear about your complications. Could you share with us what biomesh your surgeon used? I am thinking of having a repair done with biomesh, but am concerned about recurrence.
Thanks,
E. from DC
Tracy

Stockton, CA

#1188 Aug 1, 2008
My Dad had Mesh Repairs in "03 and he has never had any problems. He did have 1 redone but the original wasn't done w/mesh. The second surgery was with the mesh.(The hernia was huge)
The surgeon that he went to is the same one I went to.
But my body is having problems.???
Tracy
Mike from Philly

Philadelphia, PA

#1189 Aug 3, 2008
E from DC wrote:
Mike from Philly,
I'm sorry to hear about your complications. Could you share with us what biomesh your surgeon used? I am thinking of having a repair done with biomesh, but am concerned about recurrence.
Thanks,
E. from DC
Hi E. From DC
I am just beginning to move around from surgery on Friday. My surgeon (Dr. Schuricht used SurgiMend. I will give you further details later on today. Having a problem sitting right now. My groin is screaming right now.
Nancy

United States

#1190 Aug 3, 2008
How do you get ins to pay for replacement mesh?My surgery has been cancelled 2x!!!Ins says it is not medically necessary Help!

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