May Brings a Deluge of Pelvic Mesh News

Jane Akre
May 1, 2014
World Mesh Awareness Day may 1

Welcome to Mesh News Desk!

Our friend and associate Linda K. has declared May 1 Mesh Awareness Day and has come up with a wonderful campaign full of Barbie dolls who feel no pain. So many of you continue to suffer and despite the flood of news lately, real solutions seem to be few. Perhaps a Mesh Court not unlike vaccine court, would best address this devastation.

News of a recent settlement has not brought much joy to those who desperately seek additional medical care since a surgery easily runs $30,000 not including various trips to the few professionals who are acknowledging mesh-injuries.

This community continues to grow, to support each other and is increasingly vocal. If there are power in numbers, the mesh survivor community fortunately has a voice.

While not every ailment is related to mesh, Mesh News Desk would like to refer those who are new to this issue to refer to the FDA's July 2011 Statement that mesh-injuries are NOT Rare and that mesh implants may lead to further risks over benefits. Read it Here! At the same time the FDA issued a White Paper that is a good read for anyone interested in the topic Here.

Be a wise consumer! Ask if an implant is polypropylene!

At this writing, the Food and Drug Administration is considering upgrading the classification on surgical mesh for pelvic repair from class II to class III or high-risk! You will want to add your voice to this debate because if mesh had been class III likely we would not be seeing thousands of injuries around the world. Weigh in HERE! Comments will be taken for the next 90 days.

Polypropylene seems to be the common denominator to injuries and whether the injuries result from the mechanical properties of mesh - contraction, foreign body reaction, fraying, roping, curling, cutting, erosion, degrading, migration, infection OR/AND to the properties of Polypropylene (PP) - ethylene oxide process, plasticizers, polymer mutagenicity, estrogen mimicking properties, nonylphenol breakdown, among other issues -


The Precautionary Principle would deem that safety be established BEFORE any product is used in the human body. To that end, the FDA it seems will finally require testing by manufacturers before they can put their mesh on the market. Whether this will extend to hernia mesh would only make sense!

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As always, Bruce Rosenberg is available to discuss your hernia injuries. Not a doctor or a lawyer, Bruce is hernia mesh-injured and has formed The National Meshoma Foundation. His purpose is education…please contact him for information and be patient because he is overwhelmed with the mesh-injured community. 954-701-5094.

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