December News and Views

//December News and Views

December News and Views

december image  December already?   It seems as though this year has just passed by with greater speed than ever before…. is that what happens when you get older? I hope not.

Mesh Medical Device News Desk began in the summer of 2011 because your editor saw a need to consolidate news and information and to “Put a Face on Adverse Events.”  It was clear that the FDA was looking at numbers only and doctors were confounded by the high number of mesh complications they were encountering only to turn away patients who complained.  It’s all in your head  too many women were told.   Thanks to all of you raising a ruckus the deny and delay is  occurring less and less frequently.

Please let me know what you would like to see on these pages and in our corresponding Facebook pages and Legal advice columns.  (   Obviously answers are not quickly forthcoming via the courts in that we have trials scheduled into 2014!   What are mesh victims supposed to do in the meantime?

Doctors and lawyers need to communicate to you here since many do not have the staff to answer your many questions. Get your law firm to write a column to address some of you many questions.  Not only do they speak to a large number of people at one time, lessening the burden on their offices, but they appear to care about the welfare of their clients. Those columns can be sponsored so that MND can continue with investigations and to advance the mesh awareness globally.  It’s a win-win no?!

Information on Mesh News Desk is not intended to substitute for a medical or legal consultant with a licensed professional.

The Carolyn Jones trial against C.R. Bard and the last of four bellwethers in federal court is now scheduled for January 10 a Friday?  Interesting day to start a trial.  A pre-conference meeting is set for the day before so stay tuned if there is any effort by Bard to settle that case too.  So far the New Jersey-based company has failed to secure any wins before a jury.  Ultimately it becomes a numbers game and cheaper for the company to settle than to risk another punitive award, such as the Cisson case of $1.75 million.

Meanwhile women are contacting MND from around the world- Zimbabwe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. Some are partnering with U.S.-based attorneys but if there is a shortage of competent doctors in the  U.S. who can address complications, can you image how it is in Zimbabwe?

Please sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest news right to your computer..see the sign in sheet at the bottom right-hand corner. Stay well and please stay in touch. ~ Jane Akre, editor Mesh Medical Device News Desk.



By |2013-12-01T13:37:24+00:00December 1st, 2013|Welcome|5 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Sheila Ward December 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Jane:

    Thank God you are out there giving us updates! This nightmare started for me when I had bladder surgery Dec. of 2008. I knew within three months that it wasn’t right and I was having problems which only got worse! Of course the Dr. that did the original surgery gave a prescription of antibiotics that I could refill anytime, which is very bad for your system. I was getting sicker by the week! I went to Dr. Raz at UCLA in December 2012, had removal April of 2013 and repair surgery Oct 18. 2013. I am still having problems! For instance, I have to use catheter every six hours and I am still wearing Depends! It’s a possibility that I may have to fly back out there since I live in Northwest Arkansas! It’s very expensive and my budget is suffering! I would recommend him to anybody though, very kind gentle and caring man! No amount of money can replace the lost time spent with my husband, needless to say the pain and suffering! It changed my life completely! How said that the product was ever allowed on the market!!!

    • Jane Akre December 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Sheila- That’s the million dollar question, or should I say multi-billion dollar question. Did Dr. Raz say he got out all of the mesh. I’m sorry for your suffering but glad you are getting competent medical care. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Can I add you to the newsletter list? Thank you. Jane a.

  2. stopmeshimplants December 16, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    As I reflect on this past year I try to look at all of the positive factors in my life. That is not an easy task when you are suffering from a mesh implant. I believe everyone who has ever read this website should be thanking Jane Akre for her perseverance and for the support she has provided to each and every one of us. It is shocking to me that no one, other than Jane, has picked up this “story” and has begun to document what has happened with this mesh crap for so many years!

    I continue to write Jane and thank her but it seems like so little when I think of the thousands of women and men she has assisted by making sure we are asking the correct questions and directing us to be more aware of the facts before meeting with physicians. I for one would still be in excruciating pain if this website did not exist.

    Jane, you are an amazing woman to take this on. I say my prayers every singe day, thanking you for coming into my life. Wishing you a very blessed holiday season! Take good care.

    • Jane Akre December 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you SMI- much appreciated. Now if law firms would see your wisdom and see how they might be cast in a more positive light if they ran a little ad on the site, that is my wish for the new year…!! I’m sorry you are going through this.

  3. Betty December 30, 2013 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Jane, Thank you so much for what you are doing. I would like to hear how mesh migrates or moves or whatever it is doing. I’ve had a piece that Dr. Raz, I and several other Dr.’s could feel. Very pronounced. I have had many Dr.’s tell me throughout this ordeal that don’t worry the mesh will stay put. I was worried because of the wait time to get surgery with Dr. Raz. Well, it can no longer be felt. My pain has changed and gotten worse. I’ve had to take much more pain medication than usual. I was so frustrated and worried about this happening that I asked other Dr.’s to remove it while it could be found. Not one would touch me. Most of the mesh has been removed, however the “frayed” pieces must still be there that Dr. Veronikas mentioned. I am so weary of my genital area being in constant pain. Along with all the other pains that Denise Jacobs mentioned in her article about pudendal neuralgia. I am now wondering if sex will ever be an option again in my life? This is from the SUI mesh. It is hard not to get discouraged on some days. The court system seems to be much slower than even Judge Goodwin indicated he would handle this. I looked up the information on Wikipedia about the Dalkon Shield from 1971. This story is so familiar to me at this time, even though I don’t remember that era as I was a young teen then. The news eventually covered the topic but not before many women were injured and millions of dollars lost by the companies in court. I feel as though we are really just test subjects in the name of money. Nothing was learned from the first time, nor any protective laws to stop this from happening again. It is criminal. We know it, even if everyone else turns their head away. I feel for all of you mesh injured women and men. I hope something is found to help us get through this and the next season of our lives.

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