A “Gold Standard” for Hernia Repair and the Patients’ Post-surgical  Understanding of Unreasonable Mesh Device and Procedural Risks?

Patient Profiles

A “Gold Standard” for Hernia Repair and the Patients’ Post-surgical Understanding of Unreasonable Mesh Device and Procedural Risks?

By David Schmidt Thank you Jane for this opportunity to share my experience as a U.S. hernia patient harmed, via the standard of care, by two large 4.3” x 6.3,” heavyweight, polypropylene Bard 3DMax Mesh implants. My story begins, as any patient’s does, with the blind trust placed in a physician. On April 18, 2007,
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Patient Profiles

Estelle Finds Complete TVT Removal Estelle Finds Complete TVT Removal

“Estelle Tasz, 38, sat on the plane heading to St. Louis for her second pelvic mesh removal in as many months. She had surgery one month earlier at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for removal of her transvaginal mesh, a TVT retropubic sling made by Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson). However, one hour after
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Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection Suffering in Silence: Estelle Tasz Turned Away From the ER with Raging Pelvic Mesh Infection

Estelle Tasz calls her home “organized chaos.” The 37-year old mother of four is home now after more than one month in Los Angeles where she went one night in a desperate bid to find medical help. Estelle thought it was necessary to travel 2,400 miles to get help after four hospitals in her home
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Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh! Scotland Becomes First Country to Suspend Sales of Transvaginal Mesh!

  One day after one of the country’s health boards voted to ban the use of transvaginal mesh use in that country, Scotland’s Health Secretary Alex Neil has requested the use of mesh implants stop in Scotland until an investigation into mesh complications is conducted. About 1,500 women undergo transvaginal mesh implants in Scotland every
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A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants A Scottish Health Board Votes to Ban Transvaginal Mesh Implants

After an effective campaign where women spoke directly to a Scottish Parliamentary Committee, a Scottish Health Board has decided to ban the use of transvaginal mesh implants used as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. This is the first board to suspend the plastic mesh implants reports the Sunday Mail’s reporter Marion Scott here. The
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AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document Destruction

Today Corporate Action Network launched what is planned to be the first of a 50 state campaign to urge the Attorneys General of all 50 states to investigate healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for mesh-injuries and their related costs and the destruction of documents requested in litigation. There are presently at least 22,000 product liability
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Welcome- Why We're Here

Happy Birthday Mesh News Desk! Happy Birthday Mesh News Desk!

It’s hard to believe when you are having so much (fun? is that the right word?)  but Mesh News Desk  aka Mesh Medical Device News Desk officially turns three this month, which also happens to be the month of your editor’s birthday.  In that time 500 pages of copy have been turned out which is
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Feature

POWER MORCELLATION and the Risk of Uterine Sarcoma Dissemination POWER MORCELLATION and the Risk of Uterine Sarcoma Dissemination

By Dan Bolton, Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP., Sponsored Content An estimated 50,000 women a year in the United States undergo a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) with the use of a medical device known as a power morcellator. Power morcellators typically use a rapidly rotating blade to cut
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FDA

Thank You All for Telling the FDA to Reclassify!! Thank You All for Telling the FDA to Reclassify!!

Thank you,,, thank you…. thank you! I talked to the FDA today  and they say that it could take many months for individuals within the FDA to read all of the comments made to a Petition to reclassify pelvic mesh as High Risk!    Some of you may have posted that you wanted to be private
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Legal News

Huskey v. Ethicon Begins Friday Huskey v. Ethicon Begins Friday

Jo Huskey (JH), 54, was implanted with a TVT-O, a vaginal sling made of Prolene mesh, on February 23, 2011. She experienced mesh erosion and dyspareunia (painful sex). As a result of her pelvic mesh complications, she had a revision surgery November 18, 2011. Only part of the medical device could be removed so her
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Medical News

Imaging Device: Translabial Ultrasound “Sees” Mesh Imaging Device: Translabial Ultrasound “Sees” Mesh

“I have removed more than 900 mesh for complications in the last 5-6 years. Tranaslabial ultrasound is an important adjuvant to the diagnosis and treatment of this patients.” Those are the words of the leading mesh removal surgeon in the world, Dr. Shlomo Raz, MD in an exchange with Mesh News Desk. The Professor of Urology
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Op-Ed

Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh

Remember the Stories of Anger series from a couple of years ago? Read it here. Women were speaking out and expressing their frustration with the medical system, their anger at the Food and Drug Administration and of course, their disgust with pelvic mesh manufacturers. The following are some of their quotes. I am now looking
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Media Reports

New York Times on Mesh Injuries and Texas Torts New York Times on Mesh Injuries and Texas Torts

Texas has had an inquiry into mesh manufacturers, specifically Johnson & Johnson, for two years and nine other states have joined in.  The New York Times, in its Texas edition reports that Aaron Horton and her Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured is helping women to recognize their injuries and providing them with information and
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Your Turn

Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes Dear Johnson & Johnson: Pay for Your Mistakes

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) grabbed headlines this week for withdrawing from the market power morcellators, manufactured by subsidiary Ethicon, citing “uncertainty” about the “risk-benefit assessment” associated with the device’s use. Just as important was the demonstration that the company is willing, in some cases, to do the right thing. This action renews hope that JNJ
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Mesh Reading Room Resource

In the Beginning: Suffering in Silence

I recently was asked how I started with mesh as a topic for reporting. I’m not mesh-injured myself. The reader wanted to know if I had a family member or friend who had mesh. No, I said, but when working as the National News Editor for InjuryBoard people started calling me. This was back in
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We hope you find this a helpful resource. National News Editor, Jane Akre, began MDND with the hope of providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that goes under-reported in much of the coverage of medical devices. The public is just now becoming aware that many devices do not undergo the same scrutiny as prescription drugs and are instead grandfathered in under an FDA loophole that has gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. As a result, patients become the post-market clinical trial subjects, and many suffer devastating and permanent injuries.