Hernia Mesh Complications – Is the FDA Watching? Part I

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Hernia Mesh Complications – Is the FDA Watching? Part I

Removed hernia mesh plug, Dr. Kevin Peterson

November 28, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been updating pages on mesh used for hernia repair.

Unlike transvaginal mesh, also made of plastic polypropylene, there is no Health Notification or Safety Warning on hernia mesh. That means there are no active lawsuits involving hernia mesh, but injuries are coming into the agency nonetheless.

For example in its updated November 20, page, the FDA reports it has received reports of complications associated with hernia mesh such as:

*Adverse reactions to the mesh

*Adhesions (when loops of the intestines adhere to the mesh or each other)

*Injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels

*Additional complications with or without mesh can include infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.

“Since the 1990s, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs – by 2000 non-mesh repairs represented less than 10 percent of groin hernia repair techniques.”

That may explain why, at least anecdotally, there appears to be an increase in hernia mesh complications. MDND receives calls frequently from patients who have a diminished quality of life after a surgical mesh implant for hernia repair.   See Kristina Graham’s story in Part II (here).

This woman, who is represented by a lawyer and can’t be identified, wrote MDND to say both she and her husband  have Atrium CQUR hernia mesh, which is a polypropylene mesh coated with “Omega 3  Bioabsorbably Oil Fatty Acid (03FA). See product here.

“Its been 11 months and my husband is still suffering. One implant, one removal, one more implant and a massive infection which nearly took his life. now needs a third very difficult surgery to remove the second implant. Loss of over 96,000 a year income form our business, loss of life as he knew it, constant pain. Its not a pretty picture.”

Complications can include pain, nerve entrapment, reduced movement, and a foreign object reaction that can include fever, swelling, and general malaise.

Hernia mesh, WikiCommons

Synthetic Hernia Mesh

Mesh is either synthetic – a knitted material or non-knitted sheet. It may be absorbable, or non-absorbable or a combination of both. Non-absorbable mesh, which is mostly synthetic, will stay in the body indefinitely. It is a permanent implant and difficult to remove.

Animal-Derived Hernia Mesh

Animal-derived mesh can be made from animal tissue, such as the intestine or skin of a pig (porcine) or cow (bovine) that is processed and sterilized. Animal-derived mesh is absorbable.

Over time, absorbable mesh will degrade and lose strength while new tissue growth takes over to strengthen the repair.

With or Without Mesh  – Hernia Repair Complications include:



*Hernia recurrence

*Tissue that stick together (adhesion)

*Blockage of large or small intestine (obstruction)

* Bleeding

*Abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistulas)

*Fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma) and perforation or a hold in neighboring organs or tissues

WITH Mesh:

The FDA says it has received reports of:






Perforation which can lead to sepsis or poisoning of the blood stream and is potentially fatal

Recalled Hernia Mesh

The FDA update says “Most of the complications reported to us so far have been associated with mesh products that have been recalled and are no longer on the market.

This is perplexing because besides the largest hernia mesh recall for Kugel mesh, there have been very few recalls of hernia mesh with the exception of a few manufacturing lots recalled over mislabeling and/or sterility issues.

More than 2,000 lawsuits were filed against C.R. Bard, maker of the Composix Kugel Mesh hernia patch which was recalled three times between 2005 and 2007 because the memory ring broke and could cause serious perforations. The company redesigned the Kugel patch and reintroduced it in the market through the 510(k) approval process. The FDA Kugel mesh recall December 2004 is here.  The 2005 Kugel mesh recall is here.

Besides Kugel, the Proceed surgical mesh had Ethicon recall 18,270 lots in January 2006 when the polypropylene delaminated from the mesh, opening up the patient to the possibility of fissures and adhesions.

The FDA report is here.

The only other large hernia mesh recall was in September 2005 by LifeCell Corporation over its AlloDerm mesh. It was determined that about one-quarter of those implanted with the donated human/cadaver skin mesh had complications including infection and rejection.

The remainder of mesh recalls have been limited to small numbers of mesh due to sterility or mislabels.

Part II continues here.

By | 2012-11-28T21:20:02+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Hernia Mesh Injuries, Medical News|100 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. robert carson June 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    i had my hernia dun on dec 2012 and i have had pian and hove a hole in my tunmmy i has take over mt live just now and i am not getting the help i need i cant go out a lot now i cant sleep with my wife becuse i am i so much pian

    • Marcus hytche October 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      I received my surgery in November 12 & have the same problem. Wish I knew what to do. This 24/7 pain sucks

      • Jane Akre October 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        Please contact Bruce Rosenberg who is a hernia mesh injured researcher. He can help you with your road to health. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net. Thank you for writing.

        • Clara Aragon April 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

          Back in August 2006. I had a right inguinal hernia.I had a Kugel patch.then in October of 2010. Ihad a left inguinal hernia and a left femoral hernia. That involved a perfix mesh plug. Ever since I had those surgeries I have had bladder prolapse. Pain with intercourse. Throbbing.infections. last march got jaundice. They also maid comments about me. But negative results. But my bilirubn levels were high. I had a liver biopsy. I never really got answers .I also lost weight. They said I was anerexic which I am not and have never been. Should I be concerned .please help.sincerely Clara Aragon.

          • Jane Akre April 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

            Yes Clara, you should be concerned. You cannot continue to lose weight and have infections. Please contact Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094 who himself is injured from hernia mesh but has devoted his time to mesh research and information… go to brosenberg1@bellsouth.net. He is sometimes difficult to reach but keep trying. He will ask if you have all of your medical records – which is advisable in any case. Pls let us know how you do and what your next step is.. please reach out to Bruce… unfortunately few doctors seem to be willing and able to recognize what you are going thru as possibly mesh-related. ~ ja

          • Tabatha January 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

            Hello, I had hernia repair surgery on my right side of my stomach first surgery 7/2011 the marlex mesh that was use was cause me pain and ball up in a big ball in my stomach kept going back to the doctor that done surgery let him know something was wrong he ingnore my cry and told me it take me longer to heal from my surgery. I decided to see another doctor told him how much pain I’m in and now my pain from my stomach is going down my leg and it’s hard for me to walk the doctor wait to 4/2012 and remove the big ball of mesh from my stomach told me he had to wait before removing the big ball mesh out my stomach cause I just had surgery .My hernia was still there so I had another surgery done on 3/2013 to repair the hernia again I feel like I’m in hell no job I walk with a walker and I’m always in pain because the defect mesh damage my nerves from my stomach down my right leg I see lots of doctor for pain but I can’t find a doctor that will help me take alway this pain and give me my leg back. the only thing doctors tell me is your going to be like this the rest of my life.THis mesh product take my life alway don’t no body want be in pain for the rest of there life . Thanks reading my name is tabatha

    • Keith Robinson October 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      I have had at least six inguinal hernia repair surgeries in the same place, the last one was in 2009, plus Fistulae repair. I had severe abdominal pain, vomiting, infection, and developed a clotting disorder due to the infection. I nearly died. I had many emergency room visits and hospital stays as well. I have never been compensated for all my pain and suffering, and the legal system nor the FDA could careless.

      • Joe Vickers September 14, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Keith I find it funny when you call the fda they have no reports on Prolene mesh(polypropylene). Having the mesh removed saved my life. The pain however is so bad and nothing seems to help. Everyone is having the same problems post surgery. There is only one complaint in the FDA data base and it is mine. However looking on the internet you find thousands all having the same post opp. complaints. I am trying to compile a list of people and help them file the proper complaint . It took me days on the computer to finally get my complaint on record. Believe me you are not alone. There is thousands having the same problem. If interested contact me at josephv@copper.net (email). lets save someone else suffering needlessly . I know without asking your getting no support from doctors , lawyers and employers. All you get is pain meds and a excuse that don’t make sense. I am trying to get 1000 people to sign up and complain in the proper form to the FDA. Feel you pain friend.

        • Jane Akre September 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

          check it as polymer not pp Let us know if you find any difference?

  2. Dee December 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I have past incidences of my body rejecting foreign materials placed in my body. Now that I have a hernia they want to implant a synthetic mesh, I have repeatedly asked for biologic, but they all refuse to use biologic and refuse suturing technique. Why should patients suffer with rejecting or migrating mesh products; we should have more treatment alternatives available to us. I have no choice but to have this surgery and have decided that if I have complications I will seek self euthanasia than to be gutted, disfigured and have worse chronic pain than before.

    • Jane Akre December 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Dee- there are alternatives if you have suffered a foreign body rejection. You might start with Bruce Rosenberg at the Meshoma Foundation brosenberg1@bellsouth.net to find a safer path for you. Thanks for writing~ja

  3. Sue Hahn January 2, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply


    I would like to know when there will be a recall of: Atrium Pro Loop Mesh and Plug for hernia repair???? They have an FDA unsanitary letter, they have made my life a living hell!!!! Three years later and now I am going to have it removed. PLEASE email me if you had this brand used on your Inguinal Hernia or other hernia areas. They should NOT get away with this!!!

    Thank you,


    • Marlene March 14, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi Sue,

      My 21 year old son had a hernia repair 3 years ago and now it appears there is a reoccurrence as he now living out of state and telling me that it is bulging out of his stomach. I told him he needs to get it looked at, but I was wondering if you ever found out about any recalls for the Proloop Mesh as that is what is in his medical records. You can call me at 941-286-0079 if it is easier. Thanks so much. Marlene

      • Jane Akre March 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        Recalls no Marlene… but lawsuits yes. See the Feature column on this website…. thank you..~ ja

    • Cindy August 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      I had to have the mesh removed and now I am worse I have ever than before. My advise is don’t do it I was the worst surgery I ever had. I was bedridden for a year I was so swollen I couldn’t stand up for more than five minutes without excruciating pain. My doctor had only done three mesh removals. He assured me that it would help but it only made things worse. Ask your doctor how many he has done before get a second opinion even. I wish you better luck than me.

  4. Kim March 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Hello , Im here to say I have a kugel bard mesh in me since 2009 , and I have had to have it removed and replaced with the same mesh in 2011 and still this day which matter fact I had surgery Feb 2014- and was told the mesh is recalled but they wont remove it right now bc its still intact and its a higher risk surgery , but was told by the second opinon doctor who did my surgery in Feb if the pain keeps up he will remove it and repair the hernia some other way , but as of right now im still having pain it still buldges and it hurts more some days than other , and im only 24 yrs old with no kids not married …. but some day I want to be married and have kids , but I dont want to be having all this pain for the rest of my life .

    • Jane Akre March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Hi Kim- You may want to talk to Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation to get a second opinion… He is very knowledgeable and reasonable…. 954-701-5094. He will offer you a balanced opinion…..

  5. cool tan April 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    my first surgery was in 2007 where a prolene mesh was used I was having lots of pain the second was in2009 on both side left and right a mesh plug was used on one side and other side it was just clean an then in 2013 I did again on left side that’s 4 surgeries an I am still having lot of pains on both sides don’t know what to do

  6. Tom Burke September 16, 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply

    On 3/17/11, I underwent a large ventral/incisional hernia operation. The hernia was repaired using Ethicon prolene soft mesh. Subsequent to surgery, I began having horrible abdominal pain, and after many tests it became clear from a CT Scan in July of 2012, that the hernia was recurring, but the cause was not known. The July CT did NOT reveal a mesh malfunction.

    On 10/26/12, I underwent the identical surgery where it was revealed that the prolene mesh had completely tore away or completely disintegrated from the fascia from which it was sutured, causing recidivism of the hernia.

    For purposes of Statute of Limitations, this case must be filed before 10/26/14.

    After the hernia was repaired with Bard/Davol ventralex ventrio mesh on 10/26/12; I began having the same issues with pain, stabbing pain in my abdomen and other issues concerning serious discomfort. Within the last few months the pain has elevated to 10/10, and a fairly large abdominal protrusion is AGAIN forming in the identical area where this second repair was performed!! My surgeon believes the ventralex mesh has malfunctioned, or torn/ripped; and is again causing recurrence of the ventral/incisional & now umbilical hernia!!!

    Please contact my ASAP!!! If you are not handling this type(s) of hernia mesh cases, please refer me to an attorney who is; and if there are class actions pertaining to both prolene and ventralex mesh malfunctions, please provide all pertinent contact information.

    I’d appreciate speaking with a partner level attorney who is handling these type of lawsuits.

    Thank you,

    Tom Burke



    • Jane Akre September 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Tom- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094.. He is hernia mesh injured and an expert on medical and legal issues.

    • DARLENE J October 16, 2016 at 6:09 am - Reply

      I am injured by the hernia related mesh/Bard/Ventralex/7 surgeries. When said my last surgery was 2/5/2013 and am still injured. iS THE CUT-OFF DATE FROM MY LAST SURGERY OR IS IT ONGOING IF i AM IN ONGOING PAIN ?SINCERELY IN PAIN DARLENE FROM WAHIAWA HAWAII

      • DARLENE J October 16, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply


        • Michael J BENTLEY October 16, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

          Darlene; “Aloha”, I am going to have My Covidien Mesh Removed; 28th. They can use a PORCINE Mesh which does Not React to Autoimmune System, or another type / made from Cadavers !
          I am trying to get an “Old Fashioned Hernia Repair; “Without ANY Mesh” I am in UK; so will update in a few weeks; Good Luck / God Bless; mjb

          • Jane Akre October 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm

            Michael best of luck to you for a healthy outcome!

          • Amy Crotty November 16, 2016 at 3:07 pm


            Did you have your surgery to remove the mesh and why are you having it removed? My husband is going in to have a hernia surgery and they are using progrip self-fixating mesh by covidien!

  7. penny pinkham September 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    In 2009 I had abdominal. Mesh surgery due to an abdominal mass no true hernia. (Bovine) I have had several episodes of the incision opening up draining then after antibiotics it heals. After a year of pain I finally found a Dr to see me he said he would not touch it. He did do a scan & found my gallbladder was disfunctional.4-2014. I had the gallbladder removed to no email the pain is still there. In 8-2014 I had an Ercp due to enlarged bile duct. Still no relief it feels like broken glass and I can not turn from side to side it feels like I am ripping my self. I also if I turn from side to side I feel something flip and I can’t breath or move until it flips back.. Please Help me.

    • Jane Akre September 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Penny- Bruce Rosenberg is a good resource for you. The Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094.

  8. June Tarkington October 20, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Had hernia repair in may 2011. Have been having trouble since then with severe pain. Doctor said nothing he could do for me. Have had another surgery since and pain is back and worse. What can I do?

    • Jane Akre October 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      June- we always sent new hernia injury folks to Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 who himself is hernia mesh injured. He runs a nonprofit organization and is very knowledgeable . It’s hard to believe a doctors says there is nothing they can do for you since they did something to you! Call him and keep trying… thank you! ~ ja (and I’m sorry).

  9. johnetta hurley November 18, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Jane, I tried contacting Bruce and could nit get a hold of him. Is there another way or another person to contact?

    • Jane Akre November 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      He is your best bet… keep trying .. it will be worth it.

  10. Nick Perri February 2, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Has anyone had any luck getting a lawyer to handle partiex mesh repairs please email me I had small bowel blockage stomach pain all the same symptoms as the other that were recalled had to have surgery because of blockage was in hospital for 23 days lost over 50 lbs I can’t find anyone so please if you know of a lawyer email at aug10568@aol.com

    • Jane Akre February 3, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Check DAN Bolton who advertises on this site… he takes some hernia cases. Keller Jackson,,, see small ad.

  11. Shawntell March 24, 2015 at 4:29 am - Reply

    I had a bilateral hernia repair done in 2008 and immediately experienced pain unlike you have never had before. I asked if the mesh could be removed, only to be told to wait a year for adjustment to the mesh. After a year in a half and many doctors and specialist later I started going to a palliative care doctor. I was told by him that Surgery for me was never going to be an option. If it was Not removed right away it would never be removed. The doctor was wrong, the mesh had already started to grow into my organs and it would do far to much damage to remove it. And that is when I tried to talk to a lawyer and was told it was to late I should have seen one as soon as my surgery was complete they needed more time to look into it. Obviously Michigan is a state where you have 2 years then you are screwed.

    So basically the doctors kept me running around for a year and a half telling me my life will get better. And the truth is now I will be on nerve blockers and pain pills for the rest of my life, and still not live a full life. I still cant exercise or have an active sex life. so whatever this mesh is sucks and has ruined my life.

    So if you have a choice do not get this surgery, and if you have to have it NOT in Michigan.

    I now have another hernia thats in my umbilical area that will stay there until it kills me… Good luck everyone.

    • John June 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Can you possibly contact me? I’m a male, in Michigan, similar situation. Been a year and a half and getting the runaround from lawyers and doctors because the mesh hasn’t been recalled. theonlyjohnstevenson@Yahoo.com

      • Jane Akre June 8, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

        There are few recalls so that is not the issue. Bruce Rosenberg, is hard to reach but an expert in hernia mesh issues, he has a nonprofit and is mesh injured. 954-701-5094.

      • Jane Akre June 8, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Please contact Bruce Rosenberg concerning hernia mesh injuries. There are few recalls, mesh is still on the market. 954-701-5094.

  12. Dennis Smith April 15, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Hi ,In 2010 my mother had hernia surgery where mesh was used.seemed to be ok untill about 1 1/2 years ago she started having sever abdominal pains . After numerous trips to the doctors it was found to be the mesh had disintergrated and moved down to her liver and next to her painkrious. She was referred to the Mayo clinic in Phoenix. They after numerous trips to Phoenix said it was to dangerous to remove and if they tried she wouldn’t survive .now all she can do is sit on the couch in a drug induced state and any movement she cries out in pain.I have called several lawyers they wont return my calls .My mother is 70 years old and this is noway for her to spend her golden years , please can anyone help

    • Jane Akre April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      What kind of mesh does she have? Do you have all of her medical records? I’m so sorry to hear about your mother….. please answer… I cannot believe there are not some lawyers willing to take on this issue!

  13. Carla May 10, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I have a colostomy and had hernia repair with mesh near/on my stoma several years ago. Prior to that surgery I had never experienced a small intestine obstruction and since then I have been hospitalized 20 times with obstructions. It is very painful. I love to travel but MUST be close to a hospital at all times. Has anyone else experienced these problems after mesh surgery for hernia repair? The last hospitalization took place in LA at Cedar Sinai and the surgeon said he believes the mesh may be the culprit.

    • Jane Akre May 11, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thanks for writing Carla, I have heard of obstructions of course with mesh. Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 is an expert in hernia mesh complications. He is hard to reach but worth it. Thank you.

      • Carla May 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Jane. I will do my best to get I touch with him. It is so weird because I never thought of the mesh being the problem and now it makes sense on so many levels. I knew that surgery had kicked off the obstructions but didn’t equate the mesh. Duh?????

  14. Elaine May 29, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    March of 2014 I had my colon resectioned. The surgery seemed to have gone well, however I developed a large incisional hernai and March 18 of this year I had a second surgery to repair my abdomen. The doctor used a Bard Davol propylene mesh and Ihad 2 drains for 8 weeks in my lower abdomen post surgery. To date I still look as if I’m six months pregnant. I went to my surgeon and he said I need a tummy tuck because the swelling was a layer of fat. So he sent me to a plastic surgeon who said he believed I had a seroma. Yes I do. It has been drained twice now at the hospital. Still my abdomen remains terribly disfigured. Previously my stomach was flat and now I look six months pregnant and must wear a heavy gauge girdle to control the huge protrusion. I have constant pain near my umbilical area on the left with hard lumps my surgeon claims is scar tissue. Will this swelling ever go down or is it fat? I walk 45 minutes to 1 hour each day, but my disfigurement has not receded. I’m so sad about. Will the swelling ever go down?

    • Pauline April 15, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Thank you Elaine, I have exactly what you described Elaine, and seeing my surgeon on May 1 /17. Your comments have helped me make up my mind not to have any surgery done but to keep looking pregnant which I don’t care for but probably safer . Big thank you

  15. Frank Ruiz June 29, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Had ventral hernia laparoscopic surgery,it went bad and ended up open.surgery so I ask should prolene mesh have been used with out somekind of barrier,or because I had open.surgery no mesh should of been used

  16. Frank Ruiz June 29, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I had ventral hernia ,because lower intestine was punctured should mesh have been used because of enterotomy was performed ,should some kind of.a barrier to protect.the intestines.I encounter mesh.complications and.fistula infections.are there other surgical manipulations that might of been done.is there anything else to mitigate the issue that could have used between the abdominal wall and the mesh.

  17. jerrys cant work mesh August 15, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

    ive been here before and had some negative comments..but i have a Johnson and Johnson phsio mesh for umbilical hernia ..scar tissue you can feel under skin…sex drive is gone hurts in area. when orgasm..stabbing shooting pain.canvfeel tissues tear if working using abdominal muscles peecpressure is gone sliw digestive now ..i got into pain management today.after 4years of complaining..was given 10 mg oxycontin. 4 a day..i break with pain after rwo hours..is anyone else receiving. pain management and if so.what are you getting prescribed..i feel i need more dose or higher mgs to actually not have it bother me so much….and has anyone found a lawyer for us guys yet??? with no help ..we suffer and our manly parts quickly turn into antiques….id like to get up pee ..crap..andchave a hard on again..im 46. my penis is 86. jow tjx mesh,,

    • Mitch January 31, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Jerry I to had a umbilical hernia sugery in Jan 2010 it left me disabled for the rest of my life I have been to every dr and specialists possible they put in a juggle mesh I now have pain were the mesh is into my right testical behind testical down to just above knee if I walk to far lift to much like my grandkids that is 2 or 20 lbs the pain goes through my hip in to the lower back the Drs said that the mesh and scar tissue that forms due to mesh entrapped the nerves basically the mesh relies on scar tissue to make it stronger and that entrapped the nerves it has left me on pain meds and lucky if I can walk to mail box its 800 ft away it’s sad so if any body finds a attorney to take a cas let me know.


      • Mitch January 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        Sorry ment kugle mesh there has to be something wrong with mesh for everybody to have close to same problem.


  18. Michael Bentley ( UK ) October 7, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Hi; I had a Ventral Hernia; 13 months ago; After Laproscopic Colon Resection / Tumor Removal; I am now in severe pain plus nasuea, +++ It was An 8″ x 7″ COVIDIEN “PARIETEX” Mesh Inserted, Just had a CT Scan, to check if it has Failed?? I am a very Fit elder Tennis Player, 5′ 10″ ( now ) 150lbs, ( lost 5 lbs this year )

    I would welcome any Info on the Covidien Pariertex; Ventral Hernia Large Patch; I am in the UK, but very Keen for Feedback; You can publiosh my E-mail address for assistance; Thanks; Michael B ccmcargroup@aol.com

    • Jane Akre October 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Please check with Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094. he is mesh injured and a wealth of info about docs and lawyers…. he has a nonprofit that focuses on patient education.

  19. Amy Reeves October 19, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I had a hernia repair 6-13-14 and they used an Atrium Mesh. I was in pain and in January of 2015, another doctor did a ctscan w contrast and thought he and the radiologist saw a huge blood clot in my stomach. It was actually the atrium mesh that my old Surgeon had used that was now all balled up and intertwined w my bowels. It had adhered to my bowels n my colon. On Aug 6, 2015 I had to have the hernia repair redone. My new Surgeon tried to remove as much of the old mesh as he could but he couldn’t get it all out or he would’ve caused me more damage. I have pain every day still and panniculitus infection due to the Atrium mesh. Lawyers don’t want to touch this here in Texas and when I go to a class action law suit….they don’t want it because of the infection the old mesh has caused. I feel like this mesh and provider have taken years off my life and im just sitting back waiting for Sepsis to set in….its scary esp since I have a special needs child n we have no family really. Im at a loss, I believe not only the mesh company should pay but so should the Surgeon n Hospital. I don’t know where else to turn anymore!!! If anyone can advise, please do so I can seek help!!!

  20. Denyce Dauwalder November 13, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    need to know ALL the brands that were recalled

  21. Helena Obbink December 3, 2015 at 4:54 am - Reply

    In 2001, I had a total mesh pelvic floor repair. I have my surgery records that show a 12 X 12 sheet of J&J Ethicon Prolene Mesh was used. I have the abstract of my surgery. They cut the mesh into strips and then sew what looks like a horse halter and then they dissect you and place it in the pelvic floor. I came out of recovery screaming I was in so much pain. Doctor told me same thing everyone else hears, you will get used to it. Well to this day I am in chronic pain and have been on pain medications since that surgery. So here we are almost 15 years later and I have no quality of life. I developed fibromyalgia shortly after surgery, then diagnosed with SLE Lupus in 2009. The doctors have a hard time medicating me because I have developed chemical sensitivities. I developed skin cancers after that surgery. One removed on my forehead had to be sutured and guess what? My body spit out every internal dissolving stitch! Went to plastic surgeon for scar revision and same thing happened. I live everyday with the sensation that I have a big splinter under my fingernail. My insides are constantly trembling and this once healthy women is now a sick invalid. No one should take another man’s life from them.

    • Jane Akre December 3, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Helena- Sounds like you had a mesh custom cut and fitted to you… how horrible. Tell us the name of the doc if you would….your reports of fibromyalgia and lupus are experienced by others as well as chemical sensitivities. Some day we may understand that bodies do not do well with a lot of mesh in them, at least some bodies. But which ones? Shouldn’t we answer that question before continuing to use it? Have you had any attempted revisions?

    • jerry McAnally February 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      geeez sorry to hear that!! but finally someone with same mesh as me with problems i have fibromyalgia also over the same area as mesh! it sucks the pain from day one ! had it now for 5_6 years we should do something about this with Johnson and Johnson together my emal is

    • Murial Pack October 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Helena, I know you wrote two years ago, but I hope you see this. I have all the same issues you’re having too. I’m writing to you because I also have a genetic condition called Ehler-Danlos Syndrome and I think you might too. It is a connective tissue disorder and an autoimmune disorder that affects every part of us inside and out. Please look it up because if you have it too you need to know. I’m 58 and finally figured it out myself two years ago after a life time of doctors treating me like I’m crazy. I scheduled my daughter and I with a geneticist and we were diagnosed. I truly hope you don’t have it but check it out because everything you described sounds just like it. Surgery always goes really wrong for us and sets off an avalanche of symptoms. Contact me if you’d like at Stormyyygirl@yahoo.com.

  22. Helena Obbink December 6, 2015 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Dr. R. Hoellrich has since passed away (2011). I asked for him to remove the mesh in 2003 but he said ‘NO’ that the mesh was already ‘entrenched’ in my body and it would be a mess to remove. I really don’t think he had a clue as to what he had done. I have not had any revisions. I just saw Dr. Megan Cavavaugh in Portland, OR this past Nov 2015, to see if she could remove it. She told me that there were only a couple hundred of these procedures done in Oregon and that it was a bad application. She is supposed to be well versed in the subject of mesh and I guess has written papers on it. I asked her to remove the mesh and she choked up and said there was nothing she could do for me. She said ‘don’t let anyone touch it and don’t have any more surgeries in your pelvic area’. I should add that I had a total colectomy in 2007 by Dr. H as my colon stopped working and I have an ileo-rectal anastomosis so I don’t wear a bag. So counting my vaginal hysterectomy in 1988, I’ve had 3 major surgeries in my pelvic area. I bounced right back after my hysterectomy and oddly enough bounced back after my colectomy. Still am dealing with the never ending pain from the mesh surgery. At least I’m glad I’m not losing my mind and at the same time, I’m sad that there are others like me.

    • Michael BENTLEY December 7, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply


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  24. Kym Salas December 21, 2015 at 4:23 am - Reply

    I had a bilateral masctomy with a tram flap reconstruction. Has anyone had this? I’ve had five surgery’s to remove mesh and now have a Dr. Appt Wed because I look eight months pregnant and my skin is so thin sores are developing on my belly. I take morphine daily for pain. I’m 56 yrs old and feel like I’m 90. I had to retire medically my sex life is gone. Thank God my husband has stayed with me thru this. Can in suggest an attorney who might handle my case. Or is there any patient on this forum with the same issue after this procedure . please contact me at mksalas@yahoo.com.

    • Jane Akre December 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Bruce Rosenberg may have some answers for you. 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured and knows about tram flap repairs.

  25. James Cole February 10, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Had C-Qur put in for double bilateral hernias repair July 19, 2013, within about 6 months I started having severe pelvic area & stomach pain,January 2,2016 was admitted to JFK Hospital for Hematoma /Absess, severe pain in stomach, being told this mesh can Not be removed by the Surgeon who implanted the mesh Doctor Jesus Jeminez. Need mesh out, jkcwizard@aol.com

    • Jane Akre February 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-9054.

  26. Henry costic February 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I had an umbilical hernia repair on 10 ang 2011. Hospitalized several times with abdominal pain, and eventually had corrective surgery. Which my intestine had to be separated from the mesh. Still having abdominal pain, and to take meds to assist in bowel movement. Have tried numerous law firm and cant

  27. Henry costic February 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I had an umbilical hernia repair on 10 ang 2011. Hospitalized several times with abdominal pain, and eventually had corrective surgery. Which my intestine had to be separated from the mesh. Still having abdominal pain, and to take meds to assist in bowel movement. Have tried numerous law firm and cant find anyone who handling hernia. Their reply is vaginal mesh. If any of you know of an attorney handling hernia PLEASE contact via email.

  28. Matt February 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I had a hernia repair in 2014. there were 2 hernias but both were inguenial. one received progrip mesh and the other got a standard plug. Complications began immediately. the doctor made an incision and cut one of the nerves in my leg to alleviate my pain but the operation didn’t help at all and within two months I was having an “exploratory” surgery. The mesh had eroded or if your a doctor you would say that my body rejected the mesh and that puts me in the 1.2% of people that happens to. That was in 2014 and 2015. It’s now February of 2016 and I am still having horrible pains. The doctor is treating me for depression and pain. The new strategy is for me to go to a pain clinic and have injections of steroids and anesthesia in my groin so that I can possibly have several months of pain free life. My question is: Has anyone had these injections and if so, do they work, did it cause other complications or basically, what was the outcome?

    • Jane Akre February 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Matt- Please check with Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094,,, he is very knowledgeable about everything hernia mesh related. Keep trying, he is sometimes hard to reach.

      • Matt February 28, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

        Thank you! My wife and I have been trying to reach him and have left a message but we are still waiting on a response. I really appreciate your advice though!

    • joe vickers September 19, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      matt: sound exactly like me. If you know anyone else having surgey revisited please make sure they have the surgeon and hospital file a complaint to the FDA. It is required by by the fda to report any device failure to them. Of course your sergeon or hospital did not do this. If the fda gets enough device failure reported there will be a investigation .Until then nothing. If you call fda today and ask if they have any complaints of prolene mesh hernia device they will tell you they have none. Make the call and see if they can find anything on their computer. I was told that the complaints are there you just can’t find them. This is the biggest cover up in medical history. Sorry for your pain. It don’t get better and sending you to pain management is just to get you past your statue of limitations. The pain only gets worse. My dr. tells me now i may have to remove my left testicle and spermatic cord to relieve the pain. Two surgeries to the left inguinal area has damaged nerves to the left groin area. Causing a low blood flow to the left testicle. My options now is to remove or it (left testicle) will eventually die from low blood flow. I don’t have to explain what the pain does for the sex life. If you want to contact me by email josephv@copper.net i will give you my phone number and we can talk about what needs to be done to bring this mesh crap to the forefront.

      • Jane Akre September 19, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Joe- Could you please note here exactly the language you used to make your report to the FDA? You are right… it is very important to enter a complaint with the FDA even though it is not a user friendly database, you have to know the language….

        • joe vickers September 19, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Mine is under hernia mesh device complaint. Please if you have had a surgery revisited or the mesh removed have your surgeon and hospital report the medical device failure. It is required by the fda to report any medical device failure. Have your dr and hospital give you a copy of the notification to make sure it was sent to fda. Then follow up with the fda that a medical device failure was reported by your surgeon on your behalf. This is what needs to be done for MAUDE to start a investigation. Otherwise your complaint gets lost in the fda files.
          The best advice i can give everyone: If you are having hernia surgery revisited make sure the Dr and the hospital know up front to save the device removed. That will give you legal rights all of us don’t have. Dr. and hospitals will discard this immediately to protect their rear ends. Then make sure and follow up that a device failure was reported to the fda. This is the only thing that will get the ball rolling. Keep in mind the fda is covering for big pharma. If any one tells you it is only 2% of us suffering and that the product is safe . You have been misguided. Have you ever wondered why we are all having the same problems. The mesh is a failure, and needs to be investigated immediately. From some one who feels your pain.

  29. laurie Daley September 17, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

    wanting to talk talk to a agent i had a hernia repair 4 years ago and got mesh put in was just in hospital had a blockage they drained fluid came out ok but they are worried about my mesh with all the pain i get

    • Michael J BENTLEY September 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      I had a Covidien “Pariertex” 20 x 15 cm inserted in my Abdomen, for a Laparoscopic Surgery HERNIA REPAIR. After Tumor Removal in my Colon, back in 2014; I am having Lot’s of problems including it Gripping my Lower Colon, it is being removed in October 2016. I am in the UK; but very much researched this problem, there is a European Union Warning on the PP Devices, they are widely used Here, as the TVT problem; If I can assist I would be delighted, YOU Guys are doing a Great Job, The Removal can be done by a Professor of Surgery in UK $10K / I have been to the 2 Top Guys. Good Luck mjb

      • Jane Akre September 19, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

        Michael- Id you can provide the professor’s name it would be a tremendous service. Hernia issues are just now being recognized in the US and I predict there will be legal avenues to pursue, but primarily you want to get well. Any resources you can provide in the UK will be most appreciated.

        • Michael J BENTLEY September 19, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

          Hi Jane; I beleive the very best info for you would be from a British MEP which is our equivalent of a Senator / US
          She Is Dame Glenys Willmot MEP she represents UK Issues in the “European Parliment” ( Looking for a new job soon !!! ) They have recently issued Warnings on Hernia Mesh !!! I have her e-mail to Me, I will Forward it after this note; Look out for it.
          I am a former US Resident and Executive for Marriott Corporation, I lived in California, there is also the Scottish Reporter Marion Scott she is very into the Mesh issues; she is the “Scottish Sunday Mail” and wrote of Erin Brokovich spearheading the TVT matters; I will “FORWARD” a bunch of stuff to you; ( Yo Habla Americano ! )
          Please ask if you need any UK / EU help; I am Motivating an Attorney her to handle these cases.

          • Jane Akre September 19, 2016 at 11:57 am

            Absolutely! Have been friends with Marion for years and she gets it done like a reporter should!! Yes could use your help. Any EU warnings on hernia mesh or any other advances in the UK over the US on the hernia mesh issue would be much appreciated. Who are the removal docs there?

          • Michael J BENTLEY September 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

            Jane; Me Again; Do you have an e-mail address for some Confidential Info?
            I will send Tomorrow before you are awake; it is Evening here 8PM so I’ll do it AM…I don’t get much sleep with the Mesh and 32 Titanium Screws !!!!
            I send you Plenty; I have a Liverpool University Professor, who is doing a Study ( YES; where the Beatles were From !!! ) always got asked that !
            Good Night; mjb

          • Jane Akre September 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm
      • Jerry mcanally October 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

        Omg just going thru Facebook see that Johnson and Johnson pulled physiomesh that they didn’t get FDA approval voluntarily took it off the market due to complications .all in which I have had for 5-6 years now. Thank God will I now be completed compensated for everything I’ve gone and go through..it sukks . And I want all I can get…I started posting here years ago with my problems so glad I did proof that I’ve been complaining about for ever it seems..good luck to all

  30. Lisa October 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    March 2010 I had a incarcerated ventral ventral hernia they used 5959680: BARD SEPRAMESH IP COMPOSITE MESH, 6″ X 8″, right away i got sick with like food allergies i never had before really severe stomach pain flu symptoms vomiting dirrierea over the years i had multiple colonoscopies and endoscopes with it always being blamed on irritable bowel last time i had 8 scopes top and bottom in less then a year at that point i was told sense i was a chronic pain sufferer there was nothing they can do, then i soon landed a 3 day visit in the hospital they did more scopes which once again nothing turned up a scan however did show a mass and at that point they done slipped up and admitted they never been able to get me clean enough to see inside the small bowel. well at that point they decided to do exploratory surgery 3 wks later !!! i layed in pain so bad i felt like i was dying for 3 damn wks. He said scar tissue had built up and was causing me a blockage he said he pulled it down cleaned off the scar tissue and tacked it back up. it did take away the severe thought i was dying pain but the pain never fully went away nor my other symptoms it just eased it and now about two yrs later i’ts getting worse again. Can you pls tell me if anyone else is having this problem with this mesh and if so who is handling their case?, this has got to come out of me…..

    • Michael J October 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Lisa; Read your Post; I had the very similar Ventral Repair with a 8 “x 6” we work on CM here in Europe; I guess you are quoting Inches? it was The Covidien Polypropylene Mesh / Made By Bard !!!
      they have switched names / HQ now in Dublin S Ireland. I have it gripping my Lower Bowel, and Shrunk one third + My Surgeon used 32 Titanium Screws to Fix it in Place / I now have 29 to see via “Dynamic Ultrasound” I have had CT Scans too which show it well, It was from a Cancer Op I had in 2010 Had a Very Large Tumour removed, I am clear of the Big C but the PP has come to Bite me !!!
      I am scheduled to have mine Fully Removed 28th / will update; Good Luck and keep in touch M jb

      • Sharon P December 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        Hello Michael, I hope your recent surgery for mesh removal has gone well and you are recovering from what I believe is an extremely painful procedure. I’ve only just picked up the comments on this website and followed yours with interest given our similarities. I too live in the UK and also suffering chronic pain , resulting from mesh placed in March last year, a 12x 15cm piece of parietex by Covidien , but polyester as I understand in my case, plus 4 titanium studs, placed by a UK professor who has refused to acknowledge that the mesh from this unnecessary procedure has been the cause of 18 months of horrendous and debilitating pain ( long story!). I have now resourced and already seen in November a different UK professor based in Manchester who I believe may be the same one you advised in December 15 who was going to remove your mesh in January 16? I am currently waiting for him to arrange scans. Did you stay with the same Manchester surgeon ? Is it he who has recently removed your mesh? If not why did you not remain with him and have your mesh removed in January? I believe it’s not a procedure for the faint hearted with a lot of risk and long recovery period . I would be interested in the outcome and sincerely hope that it has worked for you and you have seen some benefits. Please update me in your progress and I wish you well ( it’s interesting you have looked into a more high profile approach as I honestly believe people need to be more aware of these issues and surgeons less dismissive about the pain it creates and lives it destroys)

      • Sharon P December 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Hello Michael, I hope your recent surgery for mesh removal has gone well and you are recovering from what I believe is an extremely painful procedure. I’ve only just picked up the comments on this website and followed yours with interest given our similarities. I too live in the UK and also suffering chronic pain , resulting from mesh placed in March last year, a 12x 15cm piece of parietex by Covidien , but polyester as I understand in my case, plus 4 titanium studs, placed by a UK professor who unfortunately refused to acknowledge that the mesh from his procedure has been the cause of 18 months of horrendous and debilitating pain ( long story!). I have now resourced and already seen in November a different UK professor based in Manchester, I believe he could be the same one you advised in December 15 who was going to remove your mesh in January 16? I am currently waiting for him to arrange scans. Did you stay with the same Manchester surgeon ? Is it he who has recently removed your mesh? If not why did you not remain with him and have your mesh removed in January? I believe it’s not a procedure for the faint hearted with a lot of risk and long recovery period . I would be interested in the outcome and sincerely hope that it has worked for you and you have seen some benefits. Please update me in your progress and I wish you well ( it’s interesting you have looked into a more high profile approach as I honestly believe people need to be more aware of these issues and surgeons less dismissive about the pain it creates and lives it destroys)

      • Sharon P June 7, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

        Hi Michael, was on this website and just wondering how you had got on with your mesh removal and if it was successful . I had mine removed in the UK 12 weeks ago.

  31. Melinda D December 2, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I had my umbilical surgery in in June 2003 and I’ve had pain ever since. Was there a recall from then?

    • Jane Akre December 2, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

      I assume you are referring to hernia mesh? Do you have your medical records? Hold onto them and only make copies for others? Do you know your manufacturer and the name of the mesh? That is important to answer your question. Once you have that you can go to the search bar of the FDA to find any recalls, but usually the manufacturer decides to quietly remove a mesh from the market, so it is technically not a recall. Besides, many of the mesh products that are problematic remain on the market… the FDA does very few recalls, it is really not in charge of such things. The removals from market are voluntarily done by the manufacturer.

  32. Michael C. March 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve been suffering from chronic pain and abdomen pain ever since I had Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Technique from a bilateral inguinal hernia.
    I been talking to some lawyers and they will not go anywhere earlier than 2006. Which I think the FDA and other watch dog groups should look further in years. Especially, those who had hernia mesh from back to 2003 or even later.
    Years ago I remember a guy who had his done around my. After years in pain and suffering with doctors who didn’t believe him. ( just like me)
    HE couldn’t take it anymore and commented suicide.

  33. Dawn Mello March 30, 2017 at 1:52 am - Reply

    How do I find out information about my mesh implant? I’m calling the Doctor today and I’m going to ask him for the information. I’ve been getting a pinching sensation, burning down my leg among other pains. I wish I’d never gotten the surgery.

    • Jane Akre March 30, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Wondering what you were told to convince you to have a mesh implant. I”m assuming you had one. Obtain your medical records, which is always a good idea for you to have regardless. Just keep your records! It should have details on what was done. Check for the item number, its name, should have a sticker from the box around the implant, doctors and nurses notes should outline the procedure. If you never sue or have a problem, it’s a good idea to retain those records. Good luck!

  34. Robert H April 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Not sure if this went through so forgive me if it is a repeat:
    I have been recently diagnosed with a hernia. I had one in the late 70’s on the left side of my abdomen and was done with the more invasive surgery than how it is handled now. I never had complications. I now have one on the right side and wondering if the newer procedure is the only one available. I’ve read so many testimonials and the mesh is scaring me. Is there a mesh that doesn’t have complications? Can the old procedure still be done? Not sure if my insurance will cover it if it still exists. Thanks! Robert

    • Jane Akre April 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Look for a non mesh repair, that was the old fashioned way. Your insurance is not the issue, your health is. Your insurance needs to be reminded that litigation is heating up on hernia mesh and you need a non mesh repair or a DeSarda repair. Search in your area or let me know where you live.

  35. Denise September 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I had my first hernia operation in January of 2011. I never fully recovered b4 I was told I had to have it operated on again. So June of 2011 I had it repaired. After many trips to and from the er I was seen by another doctor. I had 3 operations on the same hernia and now it needs another. I’ve named it Frank since he’s been apart of me for some time. I’m always in pain and the GERD that I have is unparelle to the hernia pain. So I’m not understanding the statement that the FDA makes that their are no complaints.

    • Jane Akre September 17, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Please don’t rely on the FDA to protect you. Know what kind of mesh you have, the manufacturer and type. It should be in your medical records. Get them if you don’t have them…. you now need to advocate for yourself. If a doctor tells you that mesh doesn’t cause pain, find another doctor, is my opinion.

  36. Denise H September 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    How do I find out if the mesh was bad

    • Jane Akre September 17, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

      That’s not such an easy answer Denise. It’s not so much “which mesh is bad” – most of them are similar, made of polypropylene. Most are still on the market if you’re talking about hernia mesh, fewer for pelvic mesh, but FDA recalls is not a way to gauge this. How is the mesh doing in your body is the question to ask. Did you have your symptoms before the implant or just after? Are you symptoms similar to what others report, mesh erosion, pain, infections, inability to urinate or defecate, pain with sex……(pelvic mesh)…Again for hernia mesh most of them remain on the market so don;’t rely on a safety agency to tell you which are bad. You can write me privately if you want janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com

  37. Rhonda R October 13, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I had a hernia repair on 10/2003. I had so many complications. It went from an infected mesh to retaining so much fluid in my stomach, I looked 9 months pregnant, to going to the hospital having the fluid drained to having a wound vac(twice) to having a home health nurse. I ended up having 13 surgeries from a period of 2003 to 2009 to correct the problem and ended up on SSI. Everyone I talked to told me my surgery was to old to be looked at. Just wondering if that is the case,

    • Jane Akre October 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Rhonda, are you referring to a hernia mesh lawsuit? Not necessarily. Do you know what kind of mesh you had? Sounds like a horror…. get back janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com

  38. William January 30, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I was implanted with BARD Soft Mesh (100% polypropylene) in May of 2016. Extreme pain afterwards: the doctor seemed to think I was overreacting, but I almost had to call EMS the day or two after surgery, despite IV drip & other pain meds, and the pain continued to be worse than expected for some time.

    Also, after I started to heal & pain lessened a bit, I became aware that I was afflicted with a degree of impotency & burning pain with that. Also, general pain persisted & months later increased. Then, the insurance co. refused to do anything more, saying I must have reinjured myself, but a return to the surgeon & an ultrasound proved no new hernia existed. Ins. co. did not return my call when informed their reason for refusing to help was shown to be totally invalid.

    I also noticed a sort of cutting or pricking feeling inside me, along the area of the incision, plus tenderness at the scar. Also noticeable has been the FATIGUE!!! My goodness, that really caught my attention! Then, I happened to hear from a co-worker about there being problems with hernia mesh products; and wouldn’t you know – one of the big symptoms is chronic fatigue.

    • Jane Akre January 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      William, patient advocate Bruce Rosenberg may be able to help. 954. 701. 5094, text him.

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