Mesh News Desk, March 2016 ~ 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. You may know in 2008, after thousands of reports of complications came into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA declared mesh complications were “rare.” By mid-2011 the FDA reversed that stance and said complications were “not rare.”
If you are one of the unlucky ones who has a complication, which can occur at any time, you may not agree that a pelvic mesh sling is the “Gold Standard” the term still used by some doctors to explain mesh slings.
What’s very disturbing is the doctors who have been advised not to use polypropylene mesh as a first-line repair, are still doing so. We have been told by women recently implanted that doctors say things like “it’s not the same mesh,” or the troublesome mesh “has been recalled.” Frankly, these things are not true. Besides manufacturers quietly removing some polypropylene mesh from the market for “economic reasons,” most remain on the market.
If you are told you need polypropylene mesh to correct prolapse or incontinence, you will need to direct your own medical care and be a truly informed consumer. We hope these pages help you toward that goal.
For those of you considering having a pelvic mesh implant, or a hernia mesh implant for that matter, please ask your doctor if he or she knows how to do an alternative procedure. Unless and until one can predict who will react negatively, the Precautionary Principle is advised.
These pages will attest to that.
You may have noticed a new design on the website. MND is advertising a new partner, Sundown Marketing. David Moyers of Sundown to help those of you who are suffering complications find a lawyer. He has been doing this a long time and the first question anyone asks is how do I find and choose a lawyer. Moyers can help with that. Long-time readers who are already represented will not be impacted by the change. You will also see additional stories that review the basics of how we got here. That will help the new readers get up to speed, as many readers have been following the issue for a long time.
Jane Akre, Editor, Mesh News Desk