Mesh Medical Device News Desk: What’s New

Sep 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Welcome

Welcome to Mesh Medical Device News Desk

We’ve been a little more than a year since we first established this website and from the traffic, comments and phone calls it appears the number of mesh-injured folks keeps rising. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t hear from someone who is desperate for answers because they are in pain their doctors deny it may be mesh-related.

It may not be, but there appears to still exist a system-wide rejection of mesh-related injuries within the medical community.

Why?

Doctors and their medical societies seem to remain ignorant about mesh complications even though it was in July 2011 that the FDA put out its strongest worded warning that the benefits of mesh may not be worth the side effects. Even the conservative FDA admits that mesh can erode, breakup in the body, travel and pierce other organs, cause nerve damage, chronic pain, even immunological disorders as the body fights to rid itself of the invader. The human body is very smart.

What’s New

In an effort to get the word out, I recently created a Reporter’s Guide to Covering Mesh Issues, Mesh 101, which hits all the highlights I believe.  (here) Let me know what’s missing.

Hernia mesh continues to be a problem for some. The FDA has not come out with a similar warning for mesh used for hernia repair even though it is the same polypropylene material  Could it be the properties of a petroleum-based product put into the body that are causing the problems? These people have nowhere to go legally.

Search on the site for “mesh is not inert” which was an early warning from Dr. Donald Ostergard.

In terms of litigation, Christine Scott, in a California state court, recently won a $5.5 million judgment against C.R. Bard for the incontinence mesh she had placed. See her story here. Her husband won $500,000 of that judgment because of a ruined sex life.

Bard immediately announced it would appeal.

She has set up www.meshgonewrong.com.  Story here.

Scott said upon winning her case that the worst part was not being able to speak out to warn others as synthetic mesh implants continue for hernia, incontinence and prolapse!  Shows where her priorities are.  I’ve asked for an interview but when lawyers are involved, sometimes that is difficult. That’s okay, I’m patient.

I also have an interview request into Deborah and Michael Smith. She had her mesh case dismissed but her lawyer has a petition filed for a rehearing.  Once that is resolved I hope to ask her about her case which is interesting because her mesh was implanted abdominally. The FDA warning only covers transvaginal placement of mesh, that is, through the vagina. It also does not cover hernia mesh.

This is another hurdle still ahead for those mesh-injured patients.

Stay tuned!  More to come.

Jane Akre

Editor, MDND

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3 Comments to “Mesh Medical Device News Desk: What’s New”

  1. Alta Waldorf says:

    Hi i also had a tvt mesh inserted the same time as my hysterectomy so mine was done abdominally and have had problems since,I had my surgery in Sept of 2010 and in Oct started having problems with my thighs then over the next few months my back and legs are always in pain.i had to quit my job because of it.i cant even walk a block anymore when the pain is unbearable and feel like my legs are going to give out.i am trying to find a surgeon here in Canada.I have a appointment with a urologist here on Sept 28th i don’t even know if he can remove it.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Alta- you are the fourth person I’ve heard from this week alone with abdominal mesh causing havoc! As I mentioned to someone else I’d love to do a Patient Profile on you to raise awareness and try and get some answers from lawyers in Canada why they are overlooking these injuries! Please let me know if that is acceptable. If you are currently represented, I must first check with your law firm. Thank you!

  2. carol says:

    Hi Jane, I have been suffering since 2005 after my TVM surgery that has progressively gotten worse (all the infections,incontinant urine/bowels/diverticulitis/badder infections for longer than a month/marriage destroyed by YOU KNOW WHAT…
    After many years complaining to doctors, I only recently saw ALL my symptoms on a TV commercial and FINALLY figured it out to be that TVM all along! I was so SHOCKED that i went into a deeper depression paralyzing me unspeakable for the past 2 months now! I can barely walk, I am in so much PAIN!
    Anyway, I was wondering if you know of a lawyer who would fight against any possible Statue of Limitations i may
    run out on (since i had NO CLUE that my troubles were all from this implant my Dr. never showed me what it was he was implanting. nor any details of the risks at all!) I had just thought this trauma of the surgery at my age 50 took its tole on me (and must be FibroMyalgia setting in as the result of the surgical TRAUMA). But NOW i know it’s the Mesh. Will i be able to SUE at this date? As I now have Zero health care or even been able to Work since this tragedy against my health and marriage. Please give me your # through my email REVELATIONS.688@Gmail.com ASAP.
    May God Bless you,
    the hurting one

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