lisa masonMesh News Desk, May 2016 ~

Welcome to Mesh News Desk (MND), also known as Mesh Medical Device News Desk where we following the goings on of the largely unregulated medical device industry and its fallout on the public.

May 1 is Global Mesh Awareness Day and the month should be dedicated to putting a face on adverse events.  The women speaking up are doing so out of frustration and a true desire to help others avoid their fate. They are courageous, beautiful and dedicated.

There are many of you out there, some understand and some are new to the issues.

Every day women ask, “Could what’s happening to me be from my mesh?”   Not that every ailment is related to pelvic or hernia mesh, but doctors have downplayed the links. The women here are not.

Communicating to each other, they are finding that many of the ailments are the same following a pelvic mesh implant – chronic pain, ongoing infection, UTI’s, pain in the back and shooting down the leg,  mesh erosion, inability to walk and sit. Some autoimmune issues seems to be common following the implant such as Lupus, fibromyalgia, joint aches, pains, rashes, brain fog, teeth falling out.polly

If you are new to the mesh mess you have come to the right place.

There are about 100,000 lawsuits currently filed in the U.S. to address the injuries that come from pelvic mesh.  More are filed every day, not just in the U.S. but globally.  Despite the product liability litigation, mesh is still used every day.  Women are told “It’s different mesh.”  It isn’t.

See the story “Top 10 Myths Women are Told Today about Pelvic Mesh” here

Most mesh for surgery – both pelvic and hernia is made of polypropylene, a polymer from the petroleum industry. It is small pore and subject to shrinkage and, in some, inciting a systemic reaction. This in combination to the mechanics of a hard polymer permanently implanted in a soft, nerve-rich pelvic area during a blind procedure, often by under-trained professionals, and there is a huge potential for complications.

tammy jacksonHernia mesh is also made of the same polypropylene and anecdotal reports, as well as those gathered by scientists who deal with complications, show they too are having complications after their implant.

Please be sure to register your complaints with the Food and Drug Administration. Here’s how to here.   The FDA has been slow to react, but the only way the world will know of collectively what’s happening is if you ALL register your adverse events, as they are called.

The FDA has issued two reports about pelvic mesh, the first, in 2008, after thousands of reports of complications came into the agency, said pelvic mesh complications were “rare.”   By mid-2011 the FDA reversed that stance and said complications were “not rare.”

Please use the Search Bar to explore any topic mesh related. There are more than 700 stories posted over the last five years.posterr

Mesh News Desk is not intended to substitute for information by lawyers and doctors.  But the community is awesome!  Many women find relief just knowing they are not alone!

Please refrain from using your actual name and posting any confidential information you receive from your law firm.  It could negate the settlement agreement you may have signed.

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Enjoy Mesh Awareness Day and Month!  and thanks to the many of you who support MND and its purpose to bring to light mesh injuries of all kinds. Thank you!! 

Jane Akre
Editor, Mesh News Desk

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