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Hernia Repair: Secrets Patients Should Know

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The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Landro writes about hernia repair and the secret patients should understand before undergoing the operation. The secret appears to be that hernia repair, one of the most common surgeries, carries a high risk of chronic pain after surgery – 30% of patients have restricted movement and chronic pain that can last a long time.

A hernia is the bulging of the intestine or fat that pushes its way through a weak area in the abdominal wall. A number of patients choose watchful waiting but that can result in an emergency surgery which carries additional risks if the intestine is strangled after punching through the wall.

The fact that hernia surgery carries a risk of pain and other complications is not news to MDND readers. See MDND Patient Profiles of Jeff Silverman (here) who still suffers the pain from mesh because the removal threatens severe complications.

Patient Hal Samples still suffers nerve pain even after mesh removal. See his story here.

Sheri Ragan suffered complications from two types of mesh, one synthetic, the other a biological mesh that was used off-label. Her story is here.

An MDND story, Hernia from Hell talks about an extreme hernia mass that was treated by a Sarasota, Florida doctor with biologic mesh made from cadavers rather than synthetic polypropylene mesh that can carries a higher risk of infection and can migrate within the body.

The article says there are more than one million hernia surgeries a year, the majority are located in the groin area and are called inguinal hernias. Men and women, even children can be affected, but men are the majority of hernia patients.

One patient profiled in the WSJ story, a 27-year-old from Virginia, couldn’t walk and experienced stabbing pain after his hernia plug and patch technique. He tells the WSJ that the risk of postoperative pain was not discussed. In his case, the mesh plug had partially detached and was producing the pains. He had three surgeries to remove the mesh which was entangled with nerves.

Quoted in the story is Dr. B.Tom Heniford, head of the American Hernia Society, who says patients need to be informed of all the risks versus benefits of synthetic surgical mesh for hernia repair. “This is not a 100% benign procedure,” he says.


On July 6, 2011 plaintiffs injured by the Composix Kugel Mesh hernia patch made by C. R. Bard received an offer for a $184 million settlement in 2,600 claims, most of those outstanding over the faulty hernia patch. The amount was negotiated with more than 100 law firms around the country representing plaintiffs who had suffered the effects of a broken plastic ring or defective mesh including infection, bowel perforation, fistulas, even death.C.R. Bard subsidiary Davol Inc. is based in Warwick, Rhode Island and manufactured the Kugel.

Patients have Two Choices


A small video camera is inserted through small incisions in the abdominal wall. The cavity is inflated with carbon dioxide and the surgeon can pull the hernia back into place securing it with mesh and staples or tacks and glue. Recovery time can be one or two weeks but there is a risk of infection. Because general anesthesia is used the procedure may be more expensive than open surgery.


After making an incision in the groin by the surgeon, the hernia is pushed back into place and the abdominal muscle wall is stitched together if the muscle is healthy or by sewing in mesh patches if the area is weak. This technique is recommended for children, but without mesh. The infection rate and risk of nerve injury is higher. The procedure can be done with a local anesthesia and sedation.

By |2012-03-01T23:57:29+00:00March 1st, 2012|Hernia Mesh Injuries, Medical News|358 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. Naomi Riley March 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    In 2006, I was diagnosed having with having a large endometrioma grown into my abdominal wall. The tumor needed to be removed and a large hernia was created in my lower pelvis. In 2007 my first major surgery happened as a result of this. The endometrioma was removed, along with the lower rectus muscles. An implant of “Proceed” mesh was placed to hold my pelvis together. My abdomen constantly felt full. The itching and the burning never went away. In September of 07, I had another surgery as the first implant did not hold. POP happened, and I was miserable. My bowel hung out of one side from my pelvis. It was disgusting and embarrassing. Two layers of mesh were implanted. Dual Mesh Plus and Ultra Pro Mesh. Angioplasty was performed due to the deformity of my lower pelvis from the past surgeries. I can remember that surgery being very hard to get through. I’m not sure if the burning pain, I felt when I woke up from the surgery was from the angioplasty or the actual meshes. The pain eventually subdued but, for the most part the burning was still present. 11/08 I was seen again for POP, the meshes came apart. The Dual Mesh was taken out completely. In 2010, Dr. Paulson and Rodrigues worked together to find a way to re-build my lower abdominal wall and pelvic floor to try and stop the recurrence of POP. Permacol mesh was placed and Ultro-Pro mesh was left in place. After, the surgery, both meshes were lying flat and they were intact. July of 2011, I feel a sharp Pop in my abdomen and my lower pelvic begins to swell and the pain is hard to bear. All of the meshes have felt like permanent rug burns from the inside that have been unable to heal. August 2011, another C-Scan reveals a large seroma. There is an open wound this time in my lower pelvic area. After several, in office debridement attempts, and out- patient surgery is performed Nov.2011. The findings are that a small area of the mesh was rolled up and it was excised. A suture was attached to nothing, so it was removed. Again, thinking that this was the root of the problem, the procedure was completed. It is now March and the hole that started in July is still present. The mesh feels tight and hurts all of the time/ My surgeon is hopeful that the wound is closing slowly but, only time will tell. SHe has reccommended that we possibly take out the mesh but, it is risky. This wound continues to drain fluid every day. It has been very frustrating not only for me but, for my family. I was never told of the recurrences, and other problems any pelvic mesh could cause. Since 2006, I have been in and out of the hospital more times than I can even count. I have missed much time with my kids, lost my job not once but, twice due to the pain and suffering the meshes have caused.

    • Peggy Calkins September 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Naomi, did they use Ethicon Pro-Plus Mesh for your hernia? My niece is having similar problems to yours.

      • Maty March 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

        I had ethicone Prolene mesh used to repair a small hernia just below my belly button in 2008. After spending 2 years feeling sick on and off with flu like systems and throwing up bile, I discovered I went septic from infection caused by that mesh dislodging. I found out that the rings had broken and had to have what they could find of the mesh removed. In 2011, I ended up in the hospital for infection again and this time, my kidneys were affected. In 2012, I had more of the mesh removed. In 2013, I spent researching alternatives to mesh and keeping myself as healthy as possible so that I could fight against reinfection. I’ve had an opening in my body secreting fluids since 2010. The mesh has nearly killed me several times and I’m still fighting for health. I’m in if you want to pursue any action. I’ve been robbed some of the best years of my life. Mesh use should be outlawed completely. It’s not worth it.

        • Jane Akre March 21, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

          Maty- Do you have your medical records? Do you have competent medical help? An ongoing infection should be addressed! I see you have Prolene… the type of mesh that has been the subject of now two trials naming J&J. lease contact brosenberg1@bellsouth.net and locate a doctor who can give you an assessment of your situation…. thank you.

          • Robert S. September 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            I had mesh implanted for a abdominal hernia and in 2009 I went to the doctor because of extreme pain and the doctor told me the mesh was so infected that they had to remove it all, along with most of my abdominal wall, and had to make a new abdominal wall by pulling my muscles from the back around, and I was in the hospital for 3 weeks and the pain has been horrible and now whatever they did has gone bad, and I can hardly breathe and can’t take the pain but finding a doctor to do this is very hard, and I just don’t know if this mesh was recalled but I don’t know where to go and am searching out what I can do about this….Any suggestions would be very much appreciated…

          • Shirley October 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

            I have a hernia with a mesh in 2006 I’m sick can you help me

          • Jane Akre October 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

            YoOu need to gather your medical records. Bruce Rosenberg is a great patient advocate 954-701-5094.

          • Ms. C February 20, 2018 at 6:56 am

            I dont know what kind of mesg that was used todo my hernia but ive been a lot of pain since3. 3In a half weeks after sergery and its getting worser. My nurse discussed the ordeal with my doctor. My next doctors appointment is March
            12th. Ill be fi nding out more then. Maybe i need a lawyer because im in scrucial pain from time to time. Help.

          • Jane Akre February 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm

            You might try Hollis Law who advertises here on MND. They are taking all sorts of hernia cases…. good luck.

        • PHYLLIS August 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply



          • Jane Akre August 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            Phyllis- You make some good points. Like hernia mesh injured patients, the FDA has not acknowledged your injuries as it has with transvaginal mesh, that is mesh that is implanted vaginally. I’d love to do a story with you if you are willing. Do you have your medical records? Contact me at janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com Thank you and I’m sorry.

          • Laurie August 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm


            I to had tram flap surgery almost 5 years ago and than 3 years ago herniated through that mesh and had to have another large piece put in. My pain is always minimum a 5 ….it is extremely tight, pulls, burns, and after eating it is extremely painful…….I can not twist, sit up from a laying down position without rolling, it feels like the nerves are right to the edge of my rib cage from my hip bones to above my breasts. My belly button feels like someone is on the inside pulling to my back……..where does all this fit in…..not vaginal mesh I am told!

          • Brandy September 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

            i have a very similar story as your, i had a mesh implanted in january of 2011 and since then its been painful and very frustrating. it was placed where my c-section was done. i became pregnant in 2013 and the doctor was unsure if it was going to stretch with my growing belly or tear my insides…we took it day by day. he ended up having to cut threw the mesh to deliver my daughter. now that it is sewn back together ive been having awful pains but the lawyer i spoke with said because its not a transvaginal mesh he couldnt do anything for me. i wish you the best of luck!

          • Jane Akre September 20, 2014 at 11:01 pm

            Brandy- I’m not sure that lawyer is telling you the truth…… you may have further options~ jane akre.

          • Michelle October 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

            Dear Phyliss, I agree that we need to start a class action lawsuit. Not one lawyer has wanted to help me, they always state that they are not dealing with my type of mesh at this time. To make a long story short, I had a botched surgery that resulted in my bowels being cut. Needless to say, I had to have multiple surgeries caused by that initial problem. Because of all the abdominal surgeries I developed multiple incisional hernias which were repaired using the Bard Polypropelene Mesh. I’ve had nothing but pain and problems since, including one surgery to fix the mesh that had “rolled up” in my abdomen. The doctor flattened it out and stapled it back into place. I’ve had non-stop pain and discomfort, multiple adhesions…etc. No doctor wants to touch me, nor do I want them going back in because I am afraid of infection, punctures, etc. I have all of my medical records. Please let me know what I can do to help make this lawsuit happen. Thanks. Michelle

          • Jane Akre October 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

            I’m so sorry Michelle… your situation is not uncommon and it makes no sense that mesh for hernia is not included in the warnings about pelvic mesh… no sense at all! There are some decent hernia docs… Bruce Rosenberg talks to them. He is hernia mesh injured 954-701-5094 and will be helpful.

          • ruthe florence November 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

            I had emergency surgery a week ago.i had no time to ask questions. Originally I was told I have a hernia. Took mri ,cat scans etc as I already had 2 surgeries for bladder cancer.i was also advised I did nor have a hernia but it was my overies. I am 77 had partial hysterectomy. Then I am told I have no ovaries then I have ovaries in my lymph nodes. Cancer doctor tells me not sure what lump is and will keep eye on it. Two days later I am in emergency surgery .I was treated so badly in hospital being yanked out of bed to bathroom yelled at because I am hard of hearing. I was refused pain meds as nurse said she brought it earlier and I said I think i can wait a while so she said I skipped my turn and can’t have any. I take no meds at home ever so I didn’t knoy of this. I ordered 2 nurses out of the room. My dear son.age 58 stayed with me slept sitting up in straight chair 3 nights. One nurse who apparently had worked in nursing home abusing old people told my son he had to leave.. when I objected she called 2 security guards to throw him out. I hurt so bad and had fever and burning stomach and hurt from being yanked out of bed that I Walked out of the hospital with my son with security guard following us yelling and harassing us all the way around the outside of hospital to our car. I’ve had no meds no instructions nothing as they wouldn’t give us anything unless I signed out of hospital to protect yhem.

          • Valerie Huesken August 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

            I have not been aware of all the complications that result from hernia repair and I think I have problems due to this. I do not know what type of mesh I have had put in but I know know I need to find this out. I had a trans flap operation for a double mastectomy in 2010. It was done in Colorado and then I came back to Orlando, Fl. to have it completed. I went to a very well known plastic surgeon at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital. I have since then had two more operations to repair a hernia on my left side. I had a seroma and now have an opening in my abdomen which has been draining for about a year now. I was to have a hernia repair on July 20th but right before I was to go back they checked my electrolytes and because everything was out of whack, it was cancelled. Yesterday as I was cleaning my abdomen I was horrified to find green surgical suture thread coming out. I called the drs. office and they will be seeing me this friday. I don’t feel well and it has progressed over the years. I am on Oxycotin and oxycodone and it does not even touch the pain. My stomach bulges and the constipation is unreal! Could you please explain what might be going on and how do I find out all the information that I need to understand all of this. I have thought that all the pain has been because of being on letrazol for the cancer. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

          • Jane Akre August 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

            You should check with Bruce Rosenberg. Hernia mesh expert. 954 701 5094

          • Ramona Jacobs November 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

            I Have suffered since 2004 with Abd. pain , burning, stabbing in character. I have had @ least 3 opinions c/o what help I could get and the Drs. answer was: nothing can be done to remove the mesh it has growen into your tissues @ this point , There is no way to correct problem. I have always felt the area was stitched too tight and that was causing pain also I was referred to Pain management which was a horrible exp. I felt like a experiment when I went there, I stopped & asked my Internist for help, she gave me a low dosage of Tramadol from which I am @ present weaning off because of so many side effects . the weaning process is difficult. I was never told the pain from the TRAM-Flap would go on & on. It is 11 yrs. of trying to find a way to deal with the Pain.

          • Jane Akre November 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

            As if pain management is a good outcome. Please contact Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 for info on tram flap and options… He is hernia mesh injured and offers help to folks in the form of consumer information……He is very knowledgeable. .

          • Melvina Jones November 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

            Kevin Peterson is the surgeon in Las Vegas Nevada that removes mesh. Look him up.

          • Marina December 19, 2016 at 6:15 am

            Phyllis, I can so relate. No help for me, surgically or with compensation, because the mesh was not for incontinence. Did you ever get help? I too have lost so much (work, activities with g’kids, travel, socializing, etc.); almost 27 years of pain and now new, disabling complications. God bless you, Phyllis.

        • Tom October 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

          I’m sorry for all that you have been thru… sounds very painful and frustrating… I have a small belly-button hernia I am scheduled to have laparoscopic surgery on from the side in about 3 weeks and just doing some research and ran across this forum… What would you recommend in my case after all that you have been thru ? I’m not in any pain and could live with this if I had to… these experiences I’m hearing about make me question what is best to do…

          Appreciate you thoughts… Tom

          • Jane Akre October 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm

            Tom- if it is possible, an experienced surgeon should be able to do a non-mesh repair, especially if it is the first hernia. Ask Bruce Rosenberg at The Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094 about your options… He talks to doctors and is up on all the latest.. … mesh is kind of like Russian Roulette, no one knows how or who will be affected, though many are and then they find out that their doctor is not responsive.

          • Jane Akre October 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

            Tom- Don’t let them tell you “its not the same mesh” or “that mesh has been recalled.” Just ask – “Is it polypropylene?” That is the only answer you need.!!!~ ja

          • george October 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

            Tom, i had surgery on september 4, 2014. I was put from work for 5 weeks. I took this long time because i feeling burning, shrinking unexplained pains that were very weird. I have done some reasearches after my surgery and it looks like after 3 to 4 months the pain will go away. Well on my sixth week i went to work and it jiat took me a week to come back home. I had the pain because i tighten my belt and it shrinked my waste a little so i guess it shrinked inside as well and i felt the pain. OMG its worse than were at the beginning of the surgery. If i would of know this i wouldnt done it. You can live with it. Mines was not that big and was not bothering me. I decided to do it because mu medicaid was going to close and didnt want to pay out of my pocket. Its the bigest mistake i have done. Now im home with no money and everytime i go to my doctor (surgeon) i feel like im annoying him. Dont do it

          • Brigitte Roberts January 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

            I am scheduled to see a surgeon for a umbilical hernia within the next few weeks, and this is causing me to wonder what is best, if there is a best. Please keep me informed as well. At least I know something before I go see the doctor.

          • Jane Akre January 19, 2015 at 11:43 am

            Brigitte- you might want to choose a non mesh option. thee are too many unknown variables that are associated with polypropylene and once it’s in you cannot get it out safely. That’s what I would do. Some skilled surgeons still do non mesh repairs… if you are near Canada The Shouldice Clinic is one of the very best.

          • iesa September 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

            Tom, I have a small umbilical hernia, and i am due to have it repaired soon.

            Please let me know what you ended up doing and what your experience was.

        • Dj July 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

          I have the same mesh as you. I had mine put in 07 and had 3 surgeries total the second beginning 6 months after my first inguinal hernia repair when the coils broke on the sides and had to be removed. But I was told “stitches” not a defect! I still suffer the burning bulge in my gut which by other doctors has been referred to as a “ball of fishing line” in my gut. It has ruined my life and after a recent hospitalization was told by the best surgeon around that removing it would probably kill me. So now I am absolutely filing a lawsuit as I suffer every day from the relentless pain,stinging and burning, swelling even while at rest and that’s just a taste physically of what this mesh has done to my body. I feel for you and pray all of us who have suffered for months or years find some comfort in knowing your not alone.

        • Eleanor November 30, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

          Didn’t your doctor it a vac machine on your navel to heal the hole.i had a vac machine for a month and it healed the hole that had rotted a hole behind my navel. Worse months of my life. An early ultra sound would have shown the blood stored up behind my navel

        • Donna December 25, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

          I had a mesh removal dealt with that for three years fighting for my life doctors would never let me

        • Edna h brinson January 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          Amen. I’ve had same problems

        • Exie S March 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

          I too have a broke and corroded Rd sh i my stomach.
          And I need a doctor that accept medicaid to remove the mesh

          Exie Smith 314+853-9215

        • Tek February 7, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

          I also have done injunial hernia surgery before 4 month’s. But after the surgery it started to seen a swelling on my feet and face. It totally increased too much, after 25 days of surgery I go to hospital for check up ,then I found there is something got wrong with my kidney. I got a kidney disease named nephroitic syndrome.
          Do you think kidney problems due to my hernia surgery goes wrong???

    • robyn February 1, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

      yeah what if the doctor doesnt tell the specifics of what meshing was put in you just says he had to use wire meshing because the intestinal walls were weak?

      • danyelle July 19, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

        The type of mesh should be in the surgical report itself. Just ask them to look it up, or better yet request the original surgery notes.

      • Lynda C January 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

        The hospital where it was done, will have that information!
        It is your records, it has to be released to you!

    • Joan April 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      No statue of limitations. Doesn’t work. There was a case in texas that proved the following:

      How can a patient with no medical experience diagnosis that all health problems are related to a past problem with a devise known as a mesh.

      No date on this until there is diagnosis.

      • danyelle August 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        thank God, I too am looking at a statute of limitations and, to-date, I am the only person diagnosing the problem!!! I have no medical training. I feel like a guinea pig after 20-years of this… when did they start using the mesh? Marlex?

        • Michele Fletcher July 21, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

          I had the same mesh 2 years ago been sick and in pain and the dr say nothing is wrong with me

        • Melissa September 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

          Thank you God! I too have been dealing with this bologna for 18 years. I can barely walk. Every step is painful and exhausting. Mesh changed my life and I cannot find a lawyer that will help me. Any suggestions? I have Atrium, Marlex, and two pieces of Bard in my pelvis and now have developed MS symptoms. I am barely making it! Please, after 10 abdominal surgeries, I really could use some guidance. I TRUST NO ONE!


    • Pamela Evans July 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Hello your story is exactly like mying .I keep going to dr n they send me back to the surgeon that did the repair. I had the shots to so called kill the nerve. When it didn’t work she wouldn’t return my call.So I went to other Dr.But they all send me back to her.An here I am w pains that are getting worse an no were to go. Very frustrated

      • DIANE August 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply


    • danyelle August 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Naomi, Like you I had a tumor that required the removal of part of the abdominal rectus muscle…. am told that the hernia and TVT mass tort cases don’t apply to us…. Mayb we should get group of this type of surgery for a different mass tort case?

    • Cornelia December 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      I know some who had a surgical mesh for hernia three years ago is it possible for it to rupture from him having borderline pnuemonia and heavy bronchitis?

      • Jane Akre December 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        I asked Bruce R and will get back, an uneducated opinion would indicate yet.

      • Ciara T March 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Hi, my family is a victim to the Hernia Repair Mesh it is Very important That You Have these devices removed if Possible. Back in 2010 my Grandmother had hernia repair surgery because the Hernia Caused a bowel obstruction drs patched the hernia in emergency surgery and also put a tube down her nose to get rid of all the Waste That was built up in her intestines. After the repair she has had health problems that worsend over the years she lived with the pain and suffering for 2 to 3 years Homebound Her stomach was constantly Hurting and she wasn’t sleeping at night Couldn’t Eat a Full Meal in peace Throwing up at least once or twice a week constantly complaining about pain Grandma is a plus size woman with Arthuritis diabetic and COPD etc. She toughed it out for a long time Early 2016 she was rushed to the hospital with pain so severe she couldn’t bare. Bowel Ruptured and septic She was rushed into another Emergency surgery they removed most of her intestines leaving her with a colostomy bag and a wound vac drain. They also
        Found Some “old mesh” that I believe failed moths after the first surgery and just moved over the years. Drs and surgeons never once said that the mesh could be the cause. She was placed in a long term rehabilitation center a hour away from where we Lived and we believed she was getting Better but the wound constantly got infected after 4 months of that she was sent home No Follow up care Or Home visits

        • Jane Akre March 16, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

          I’m so sorry Ciara.. imagine spending your Golden Years suffering so. Sepsis is a true concern with a mesh implanted anywhere near the intestine or colon. Did your grandmother survive? Please consider a nonmesh repair for your first hernia surgery. The DeSarda method is non mesh. If you are in Toronto the Shouldice Clinic does non mesh repairs… so does Dr. Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas…

    • sameera January 20, 2015 at 1:07 am - Reply

      Hi i have same problem but my Doctor did not told me about anything side effects i can’t believe it now when i call them they told me to go to u family doctor.

    • Melvina August 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I had an umbillical hernia surgery with physio mesh on June 24, 2015. Im experiencing excruciating sharp pain like glass or knives cutting under my skin. The pain is just above my pantie line to the left of my navel and not near the incision. My stomach is hard, bloated and tight. It hurts like tight pulling under my chest if i stand up straight or raise my hands above my head. I do not think this cuttin glass pain is normal. Has anyone expeienced this, if yes, what was the solution? Thank you so much for any shared experienes like this.

      • melvina August 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

        I just came across a website of a Surgeon who removes mesh. His name is Dr. Kevin Petersen at “No Insurance Surgery”.

        His video and website says, he will remove your mesh if you just do not want it inside of your body anymore or your experiencing pain.

        • Jane Akre August 20, 2015 at 11:06 pm - Reply

          Yes he is well known to this community. One of the few who is addressing hernia mesh…

      • Nettie Ray August 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

        Yes I am having the same experience do to my surgery, hernia mesh abdominal area it feels like a knife at times or glass

        is cutting my stomach, but when I eat food it really gets worse I really don’t know what the problem is but I’m not about to sit around and and let this go by. …we need to seek other services from professional doctors and Lawyers I left my email your more than welcome to contact me. THANKS WITH ALL MY HEART LOVE, NETTIE RAY

        • Jane Akre August 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

          Nettie- have you reached out to Bruce 954-701-5094… who is the most knowledgeable about hernia issues. Please call him.

          • melvina August 27, 2015 at 11:33 pm

            Yes, i have spoken with Bruce too and he is a great resource. Has been extremely helpful.

        • Lori lingle July 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          I’m having the same issues feel like a knife or glass is cutting me. My hernia repair surgery was preformed in 2006 I have experienced pain for over a year now. I have a large lump,sticking out of my stomach if you touch it you can feel this
          Odd pokey thing but it almost kills me I’m feel like im being cut from the inside. I have been bleeding for now reason lately unexplained and I have had a hysterectomy so no reason to bleed if anyone can help me please feel free to call me 801.696.3102 thank you

          • Jane Akre August 1, 2016 at 9:29 am

            Hi Lori- Our go to guy on hernia complications is Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured himself and overwhelmed with calls so keep trying. He knows of doctors, though I’ve not heard of any in the Salt Lake City area…. the closest might be dr kevin petersen in las vegas, no insurance surgery. Im sorry after ten years you are having this problem…..

    • Naomi riley August 22, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      I had bowel surgery in 2008 and then a resection same year…. 2 years later developed hernia.. they repaired.. 2 years later it failed.. this time they put in anchors and said there are no muscles left to work with if this fails.. can not lift more than 10 pounds.. I chronically ache under my ribs and I am scared if this fails what happens next.. any answers from others who have had this surgery…. Donna

      • Jill November 14, 2015 at 3:08 am - Reply

        I have similar questions. Try to keep long story short. In 2009 went I for what was supposed to be easy hernia repair, was scheduled for 1 hour. 17 hours latter they told family that they had to put mesh though out all my intestines they were riddled with hernias. Came out of surgery great, jumped up ready to recover. Well I went on to have several infections, pancrentits many times (still get), blind loup, and mesh that let loose, this equaled 7 surgeries and most of 2 year’s in the hospital, home with feeding tube, TPN, walker, & a nurse. List goes on but you get it, am always in pain & have hard time digesting food. So here is my question, I now have 3 large hernias that need surgery…I was told in 2010 by U.O.M, Cleveland clinic, and DMC that I should never have any abdominal surgery ever again. Im not sure where to find a good surgeon who would possible take this mess on, and with all the pain I’m in now not sure I could make it though again if it all turned to crap again. I haven’t recovered yet from first surgerys.

        • Jane Akre November 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

          Bruce Rosenberg has info on surgeons….. 954-701-5094. He recommends Dr. Petersen, Dr. Ramshaw and the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto… but talk to him…. He is hernia mesh injured and has a nonprofit dedicated to news and information in the public interest.

    • Joseph Caudill May 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      I had surgery in 2010 and I had a inguinal hernia and now I’m having bowel problems and blockages and I have hard time having a bowel movement. The mesh is moving and it feels like it’s cutting me and it really hurts and it restricts me my moving lower right side. The decision started to reopen but closed eventually. Feels hot sometimes. I’m 30 no kids I think it may have caused infertility. Since the hernia no fertile females got pregnant by me. Before the hernia several women got pregnant. None since and twice the sex probably more. I’ve had fever and heartburn bad lower abdominal pain. Acid reflux and nausea, vomiting, nerve damage and intestinal complications. Bladder problems. Help!

  2. Pvrp March 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    a perfix plug was used to repair an abdomen trauma and right inguinal hernia12/11/2008 as result of the trauma ever since I have had nothing bbut excruciating pain I lost my $90,000 per year job and remain off work today having seen doctors for pain in and around my incision spreading am getting pain injections every 2 – 3months in my abdomen and on opiate drugs and others ms contin 30mg. Norco 10-325mg neurontin 400mg lisinopril 20mg ambien 10mg alavert d prevacid 30mg cymbalta 60 mg  most days Are  a blur and some I cannot hardly move at all I remain disabled today

    • Jane Akre July 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      You bring up an excellent point- what is the cost when mesh goes wrong, very wrong? Loss of jobs, disability, pain meds, Medicare, Medicaid…. it’s more than a little inconvenience or “manageable” as so many will agree….

      • Lisa LoPiccolo June 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        I recently had a cold, which went to my lungs. Coughing so much I became dizzy and lightheaded. One of the many times coughing, my lower right abdomen felt like it ripped. I have had a hernia repair in the same area 5 years ago and has never been pain free. There has been pain if pressed or strained since the surgery. The moment of the cough/rip took the pain level to a 10+++++. It has been 4 days and the cold is over but the pain is the same. Not sure what to do from here and have no health insurance at this time. Any suggestions?

        • Womens health Services October 24, 2013 at 6:14 am - Reply

          To those people who wants to recieve a cash settlement because of your failed mesh imlplants, Please do not hesitate to give me ur number so that we can call you and we can explain further what is your potential claim. You wont be paying even a single cent , so need not to worry.

          Email me @ glennson_08@yahoo.com


          • Jane Akre October 25, 2013 at 10:38 am


            I’m glad you see the Mesh News Desk as a viable option for advertising. Wouldn’t it be better to support this effort with advertising? Consumers could then be treated to the details of how you work in a Frequently Asked Questions section. We believe in transparency here. I’m happy to approve your comment but going through the front door might be the best option for everyone… thank you! Jane A.

          • sheila moses June 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

            I had physiomesh placed in me for an inscional hernia while undergoing gastric bypass. After I was in acute pain. The doctorivnored mycomplai ts of paid said it was gas and I was a big baby. I came back in an ambulance the next morning. Hospital doctor ignored me again said it was gas. My friend co tactexthe surgeon and he figured it might be the mesh. In fact it was it had punctured my bladder and there were holes that were leaking urine into my system. They removed the mesh. Now I feel the bladder protruding through the abdominal wall and prior to my surgery I had no idea I had a hernia. Please advise if I have a suit against ethicon.

          • Jane Akre June 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

            Sheila- Please talk to Bruce Rosenberg at the Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094… he is not a doctor but mesh injured. He will be very helpful… thank you.~ ja

      • Sabrina B December 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

        Hello, I was wondering if you could maybe answer a question for me, I had hernia surgery a few years back but my question has to do with the pain. I normally do not having pain but have been exercising lately to lose weight. I feel I may have torn it, if that is even possible because it really is painful but the pain is getting better. Is it possible to tear or do something to hurt it? and can it get better?

        Thank you

        Sabrina B.

        • Jane Akre December 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

          brosenberg1@bellsouth.net with the Meshoma Foundation can help you with your questions. Generally these things do not heal on their own but Bruce could better answer that. Thank you for writing please stay in touch.

        • Jane Akre December 17, 2013 at 9:41 am - Reply

          Sabrina- Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation replies here:

          “You need to know what type of hernia repair: Inguinal/groin, umbilical or femoral (near where the leg attached to the groin) or some other type such as ventral/incisional (usually these happen after a previous surgery splits back open.) Do you know what product was used?

          Is the pain right over the place where the mesh is, or does it travel to other places such as down the inside or outside of the leg? Is it a deep pain like it is deep inside you, or a burning or stabbing near the surface in the scar area or a burning that travels. Recurrence of the hernia can cause pain, make sure you check with your internist to see if you have a recurrent hernia or even new hernia. Mesh does not insure that a hernia will not recur. Mesh does not “give” and can split or pull away from the point of fixation and the hernia can recur around it, or the mesh can migrate depending on what device has been implanted.”

          • Terri October 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

            My Operative Report says “Incisional hernia repair with insertion of 320 sq. cm. (6.3 in. x 7.9″) Strattice Mesh”. In the Dictated Report it states that after skeletonizing the posterier surface of the anterior abnominal wall in a circumferential fashion, the size of the defect was assessed. It was roughly 7 x 6 cm. (2.8 in x 2.4 in.) then goes on explaining the rest of the proceedure. I have had abdominal pain as well as feeling a pulling or (sort of tearing) with certain movements, such as arms above my head, turning on ceiling fan, developed incontinence, etc. There have been several times that my husband has taken me to the E.R. only to be told everytime that they weren’t able to find anything. Finally I had a female Dr. see me & she said “you really need to go back & have an appointment with the surgeon who performed your last surgery because I’m just going to be very honest with you.” She told me “unfortunately no other Dr is going to touch this.” I have been told that this is on the mesh recall but honestly have no idea! I have known this for a little while but first I’m scared to call the same Dr that did the surgery & I am scared to death of the thought of having it removed. My upper abdomen is distended to the point it looks like I am 9 months pregnant. At times it just is so full of air in the distended area it is hard & difficult to sit up because there is so much air it won’t allow me to sit upright, I can stay reclined back until the air is gone.

            Any advice or opinion on what I should do?

          • Jane Akre October 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

            Terri- You absolutely need to keep your own records which it sounds like you have. Bruce Rosenberg may be able to help with a medical and legal direction. The Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094. Keep trying to reach him….sometimes difficult.

          • Terri October 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

            I’m sorry, I should’ve noted my surgery was done in April 2009!

        • Greg K February 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply


          I saw your comment & have experienced the same. I had an inguinal hernia, repair done 2002 w/ mesh. Then in 2012, I re-injured it. I have been struggling w/ it w/out much success from doctors & have had MRI’s, CATSCANs, x rays & did physical therapy, nerve block, etc. I keep asking if the mesh tore, shifted, etc. I have also tried ART physical therapy techniques, graston or grafton techniques & accupuncture. They helped a little. You could try them also. My pain level has gone down but then again, my activity level/life is pretty low so who knows what has worked.

          I will keep looking & good luck.


          • Jane Akre February 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm

            Greg- check with Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation brosenberg1@bellsouth.net 954-701-5094 He is very knowledgeable about hernia mesh complication being hernia mesh injured himself.

          • angie k February 21, 2014 at 8:51 am

            My husband just had the surgery. Two weeks. Ago and feels a pain now and then that feels like a needle poking him…im concerned now after. Reading. These posts

          • Joey a July 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

            Greg, I would love to talk with you about your experience with all this, my story is EXACTLY the same, even down to the dates, graston, all that, still no answers to my pain or cause. Feel free to hit me up


  3. Patty July 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    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. Started with a small reducible hernia, and is now in irreducible hernia. had the mesh worked the first time and not caused such a significant foreign body reaction and had it healed like the manufacturer had stated that it would in all of its online publication on its wonderful product, my husband would be back to normal. Had we known ahead of time how to research and even that we had reason to research the mesh, we would ahve gone a different direction. Its too late now.

    • Jillian February 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Your story sounds alot like ours.My husband had a hernia repair May 9, 2012 went back to work late June and went back off September 4th. He has been in extreme pain ever since, hes lost his wages and no surgeon wants to touch him because they dont want to be responsible! Almost a year later and he still cant even lift his kids or play any games with them!

      • Better Now April 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        If you need revision surgery due to chronic groin pain, likely related to a hernia repair – you need to reach out to Dr Bruce Ramshaw in Daytona, Fl. He does this surgery on a regular basis. If he is too far from you, I would ask his office for the other 4 or 5 top “hernia revision” surgeons across the US. Bruce is the 2013 President of the American Hernia Society, and should be able to make a professional recommendation.

        Most hernia surgeons do not do revision surgery as it is more difficult, may not work and requires extraordinary surgical skills with years of practice doing nothing but hernias.

        Do yourself or your loved one a favor. Take the time to find (and perhaps wait to be seen), so that you or they have the best possible opportunity for a good outcome.

        Lastly, as a patient of Dr Ramshaw, I can tell you he is very straight up about how long complete healing (and maximum pain relief) take. This is not a one or two week recovery. It takes as long as 6 months, which while hard to hear, is better than being disappointed. Mesh (good mesh, properly done), is still a foreign body and as such takes time to be accepted and incorporated into the body.

        Good luck!

        Oh, 6 months does not mean you cannot work all that time. I am at 6 weeks and working a few hours each day, trying to walk at least a 1/2 mile a day. Pretty good when I was completely on my back, only 6 weeks ago.

    • Cindy Madrid January 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      What was the mesh material?

  4. kathy July 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Although, I have previously spoken with two legal offices, I was told that my case was not the type of mesh in question or that the statute of limitations was over. ( I had heard that in the 90’s also.).

    It is a very long painful story, but a brief synopsis is:

    I had a right inguinal hernia repair, with marlex mesh, in 1994, after which I suffered bradycardia. This was followed by a hysterectomy(1996), nerve transection (1995), multiple nerve blocks, and mesh removal(1996,Pathological results stated that there was a giant cell reaction to the mesh).There was another surgeryin 1999. Constant , continuous bladder and neuritis issues still exist.

    Originally, the surgeon told me had never had a problem with the mesh.before. ( Before what? Before I woke up from surgery and they were CODING me? )Subsequent coversations within a few weeks were statments that he only had a problem with 2 men and that only 5 percent of the population has a problem.

    My gynecologist had another patient who had the mesh and he sent both of us to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

    At the UMDNJ , there was another woman with mesh issues.

    HOW, is it statistically probable for all of these individuals to be treated by medical professionals that I was seeing? Can we all be in the 5 % of mesh problems? Can we all live in NJ?There must be more of us.

    Final mesh removal was done at Mt. Sinai in NYC, where I asked the surgeon “how many mesh removals” he had performed and was shocked by the numbers.

    Hopefully, this will come to a head soon due to the advocacy.

    • Jane Akre September 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Kathy- I’d love to talk to you further about your story! jane a.

      • jackie butler January 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        I just had a incisional hernia repair with a composix mesh patch. Have you heard of any issues or recalls with this mesh? thank you for your time, and any info about why dr. put me on 40 mg a day of prednisone for two weeks?

        • Jane Akre January 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

          Hi Jackie. Bruce Rosenberg is very knowledgeable about hernia repairs. He is hernia mesh injured. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net The National Meshoma Foundation. Here is his story;

        • qofdisks August 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          I am due for a hernia repair using composix. It is polyester with a dissolvable side. The polyester is permanent and the dissolvable side prevents mesh erosion into the bowel. The dissolvable side has little “feet” like velcro that adheres to the repair all in one piece rather than spot tacking with stitches. Polyester was not used for awhile because it seemed to cause too many infections. It turned out the polyester mesh had too fine a weave that did not allow passage of leukocytes, white blood cells enabling infection. Hopefully, this new revised polyester composite mesh addresses that. The polyester mesh creates a “softer” scar tissue than prolene.

          “I just had a incisional hernia repair with a composix mesh patch. Have you heard of any issues or recalls with this mesh? thank you for your time, and any info about why dr. put me on 40 mg a day of prednisone for two weeks?”

          Was the steroid used to calm inflammation due to reaction to the polyester or the dissolving part of the mesh? Do not steroids interfere with healing tissue as well as, cause immunological weakness against infection? I can see how inflammation may create pockets, seromas, of fluid that will not close up if encapsulated that can cause drainage and infection issues?

          I am currently losing weight to qualify for the repair. The defect is about 2.5 inches and my guts are out against my skin. The plan is to cut muscles on my sides to pull around to rebuild ab wall. It will be first attempt at incisional hernia repair and the first surgery is the best shot at restoration of health.

          Dread this.

          • Jane Akre August 6, 2015 at 12:42 am

            Please contact Bruce Rosenberg for advice…. The Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094.

    • Eden December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Kathy, I’m interested to know what surgeon removed your hernia mesh and if you were happy with that surgeon, and how your results were. Or, if anyone out there reading this has had mesh removed, I’d very mush like to know how it went as I am considering it myself. My email is edentess@gmail.com. Thanks.

    • Neil January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

      I’m having surgery next week at Mt Sinai. Who was the doctor that you were happy with. I hope it’s the same doctor.

      • Jillian February 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        If someone knows a surgeon in canada please contact me! My husband has had non stop problems for almost a year and has chronic pain after his hernia repair and every surgeon we see will not help him 🙁

        • Patrick February 5, 2013 at 6:02 am - Reply

          I am also having alot of pain, I went back to the surgen, a recomendation of Schouldice. and she was arrogant telling me it is not possible that she or the surgery caused it, I had to argue with her to take it out and she booked my surgery, but withing 6 hours she has already bumped me back more then a month. she was very upset that I get a second and third opinion.

          No one told me of the risks before, wish they had of I never would have had it done by anyone else but schouldice clinic.

        • cheryl February 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

          Hi My husband had inguinal hernia repaired with mesh in 2007 had pain since

          finally by accident found Dr. Bohnen at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto Ontario he successfully removed the mesh and plug in October , 2012 if you would like more info contact c.rouse150@yahoo.ca

        • cheryl February 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

          Hi My husband had inguinal hernia repaired with mesh in 2007 had pain since

          finally by accident found Dr. Bohnen at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto Ontario he successfully removed the mesh and plug in October , 2012 if you would like more info contact c.rouse150@yahoo.ca

        • frances June 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply


          Did you get a response on your request for a surgeon in Canada?

          My sister has been in excruciating pain for a yr and now has at least 6 hernias, a large mass, and cannot function. She is in rural Ont. and the medical care is terrible — and now ‘no one can do anything’ because her condition is so poor.

          • MONICA July 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

            Dr J. Bohnen is a very good doctor. He was the doctor who fixed by protruding belly button by performing an Umbilican Hernia Repair on me Sept 1994, at the Wellesley Hospital. When I went for a Post Op visit, his attitude was nasty, and I thought that it could be because I am black, but I now forgave him because I wrote him a letter and he called me at home and rectify the situation. Dr Bohnen is a good doctor and I am thinking he was having a bad day when I went for the follow- up. It is now 2015, and it has been 21 years since I had my HERNIA REPAIR with Dr. Bohnen. He did a good job and I have never had any complications. THANK YOU Dr. John Bohnen!!!

        • Suza July 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          I’ve been researching hernia repair and came across the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto, which has an excellent reputation. good luck!

      • Nancy Clarke July 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        Having problems with sepramesh. What is the doctor in mount sani who removes mesh. Can anyone help me or offer suggestions. Can’t take it anymore

    • Jessica Giardino November 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply


      Could you please tell me the name of your surgeon at Mt.Sinai Hospital who took your mesh out? How are you doing now? Would you recommend him for others to have mesh removed? I hope you are doing better.

      • Kathy Sabatino November 23, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

        It was at Kaiser in South San Francisco. Dr. Yeh took out the mesh for me. I had no choice to have mine removed as it had become so infected it was red and swollen. It also was tangling around my organs causing problems. I guess I would recommend others having their mesh taken out, but it really depends on the situation. I feel like they are all time bombs waiting to cause injury. I still have pain daily and cannot lift my left leg without using my hands to guide it. I am very glad to have the mesh out of my body though.

        • Jessica Giardino November 24, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply


          Thankyou for replying back to me. My friend, Cindy, is mesh injured and needs 2 meshes removed due to bowel obstruction and nerve damage. She is on Medicaid for insurance. No surgeon in this area Albany, NY will take out her mesh. I found a surgeon in Las Vegas Nevada Dr. Kevin Petersen who takes out hernua mesh but does not take insurance. See noinsurancesurgery.com She had a consult with him and it will cost $9000.00 to take meshes out. She is bankrupt. I helped her set up with gofundme.com to help her get donations toward her surgery with Dr. Petersen. See http://www.gofundme.com/gcuggs. She is desperate and in unrelenting pain. Does the doctor that removed your mesh take Medicaid? I think she may die before she receives the money needed for the surgery. Thank you for any advice you could give us. I am glad you got your mesh out. I hope your pain goes away for good. My heart goes out to you and we hope you can recover fully.

          Sincerely Jessica Giardino

          • Sunnygirl April 20, 2017 at 9:56 am

            Please check out Dr. Tomas in Ft. Myers Fl. He removes mesh & repairs hernias.
            I think I will be going to him fir non-mesh repair.

  5. Pat O'Toole July 31, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    The health industry, FDA, and the insurance industries are all a big joke. It is well documented by now by the numerous complications yet not one of them is stepping to the plate to stop the mesh. They are all making money off of our misery and misfortune of being victims in their game. If this isn’t cruel and unusual punishment I don’t know what is! More people are being killed and injured in hospitals than from guns on the streets; yet, no one is trying to stop it or warn the patients of the problems. Instead they are trying hard to keep it silent. It is simply a crime what is happening today. Yet, they ask if we want help to quit smoking because of being hazardous to our health. I lost my right testicle in less than a year after the hernia operation and nothing yet after 30 years of smoking. does this put it in perspective? Not to mention in pain and can’t work. Need more convincing read some of the horror stories and the shame , rejection and blame the patients suffer from the professionals who swore to help and save lives as part of their creed. This is what to expect more from health care after it is government owned and run. Is this what we the people want??? Think it over real good!!!

    • Wayne B. December 15, 2012 at 2:50 am - Reply

      I am behind you 100 percent. I was a living liver donor ten years ago, had two follow-up operations for incisional hernias and had mesh implanted. Have been in pain, take medication daily, can’t do anything physical even so much as picking up a 20 lb child aggravates it. Every meal aggravates it. And the surgeons actually were blaming me for the infection I got after the first operation and for the hernias. They do not want to know you after they receive all the insurance money. They will not admit about adhesions, scarring tissue, and mesh and how that affects nerve endings, etc. the big lie — every operation causes adhesions which in turn can cause problems especially if it is an abdominal operation. Nothing at all was said about this before or after the operation even when I asked them. Bad karma for them. And there is one NY hospital tranplant team that is always advertising on any internet site dealing with transplants. Shame on them. Over 100,000 “reported” accidental deaths happen every year in U.S. hospitals. Almost twice the number of deaths from the Vietnam War. And this is only what they admit to — how many more are they responsible for that they cover up? Ever try to get medical records? They make it impossible. And if you do, you see the notes are so heavily edited and biased and omit many things that happened. Good luck to you, friend.

      • Barbara C April 13, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Hey Wayne, You are 110% right on with each and every word you said !! I was prepped, attached to machines and had IV’s in when the Doctor walked into the operating room and the last thing I remember him saying, right before being put under, was “This won’t get rid of your pain but will make you feel better BUT that pain is going to be a HARD NUT TO CRACK !!! The pain was what made me go to him in the first place so…wasn’t that a fine thing to say just as he gave the signal to put me out ???? M-O-N-E-Y is the one and only thing Doctors care about…FORGET that Hippocratic oath they swore to !! I still live in pain 24/7 but I have never been back to a Doctor for it sice that day, didn’t even go back for my check ups !!

      • Taishna November 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        I got a question for you Wayne. I have been doing research for my father because he has had 2 inguinal surgeries done through out several years and he has recently come into some weird symptoms that we are trying to figure out its origin.

        What were your symptoms with the problems with the mesh?

        Ive just been finding a lot of stories of lots of pain but nothing specific, I would like to learn more to see if any of this seems close to my father’s symptoms. Please email me at taishna@yahoo.com

        Thank you!

  6. debra reichard August 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Why can we not follow the UK and sue theFDA? We need a remedy fir our lost lives.I am bedridden with 19+ pain…I have had RSd Since 84 which I had learned to live withhad 3 back surgeries,3 sympathetomies,knee has been end stage arthritis for 12 years ,move to desert for a stabile climate…start bleeding @time of 5+ years into menopause cant find anything except pain under pain pump put in 20 years ago and tiny fat trapped hernia same level as pump .maybe it is incarcerated.it is 1×1 inch..I go to surgery @ 200# b/p. 110/70 no problem until 21/12 ears later. I am really sick end up in Er with b/p 210/107 cannot touch my belly…I had felt a pop that day and thought I had ruptured thesmall sweling I could see where the hernia hab been and had been sick for @2 months had no medigap,so was praying for all to resolve..Not to be the 1st question ER doc says do you have mesh?I had no idea was never told about mesh and still did not find out until May that I had mesh.I got HMO in Jan and started with belly stabbing..they were worried about my b/p..since it keeps going up,had ovaries checked colonoscopy could not poo or pass gas for @6 months would have to use mom every week eat like a vegan,gave up glutens,added metamucil 2x a day got my bpwels to move by giving up pain meds which is oxycodone 30mg,8 a day but pain is in low belly where it bends. I am a hostage of pain ..if my belly is too empty or lose weight the stabbing is worse.I am 25# lighter than surgery gave up salt and dairy and still b/p keeps going up…Dr just took it so I asked him if I could be rejecting the mesh…he says it can happen but he is new so has no idea what Rsd/crps is. He is @65..this is a small community and all docs know each other and use same famous nonprofit hospital..new neighbor moves in in a wheelchair,she just came out of hospice..had 3h/a and strokes gangreen in both legs and had her mesh removed for the 1st time 2 years before mine was put in,she has constant bowel blockages and just got out of ICU where they took out another portion or bowel and more mesh which her doc described as chewing gum..she’s 54. They just found another piece of wadded up mesh under her boobs..She is not as concerned about taking care of herself as how much sympathy and drugs. She has state paid medical so pay zero..but somehow she is getting terrific care? Very frustrating as she had no clue mesh has caused al her problems. She is the reason I see my future is bleak..the rsd has moved to face which is constant burning any hissing in ears..no relief for this..do not sleep constant bladder problems,infection, and only doc that will address problem is PA at pain doc office. He used to work with naturopath so understands the rejection process and says you know that stuff has to come out…No doc has acknowledged that I have mesh and I get blank looks from anyone in medical field about the mesh. Suspect the surgeon that put it I is going to retire after finding that @so far @ 30% reject after 3 years or upon- waking.Giant moneymaker for docs,hospitals, and Bard. My piece of mesh

    cost @1_2,000 dollars and was 4×5″ which means the doctor had to cut it to that size he is not in online store..I am really surprised the hospital has not banned all meshes..or maybe the removal is so rewarding to there bottom line that they are holding their tongue. I a hoping this is not true but since minkas care has probably cost 20 million by now paid for by state. Her parents are from Germany so they do not know this was caused by the medical and drug Co andFDA..anyone feel good enough to draft a petition .useUK as a template…if I could stand up I would I can make phone calls that’s just sad. I was very active before this lived as caregiver/chef for a wealthy widower..at the end of 3 years I was getting miserable walking on marble floors…and He would not let me leave though I was paying rent for26 months before he lost his house and masons took care of him.got the hrnia while being treated like a slave. No pay…that is how People are treated Inca..igf they can get it by stealing it or lying…Do not ever take anyone at face value.I a from the Midwest and we knew who to avoid..so few out here it is like the wild west..been robbed so many times by people paid to help it is just sad…I am now wary of everyone and need to go back to Mi to get health insurance since none available to me due to medical problems..and that is why they are all acting like they never heard of mesh…HMO and doc do not want the problems since my new doc never heard of rsd..does not give SOMA or Xanax..he would if his body was rejecting mesh..any advice. Thanks for putting this sight together..D

    • joe March 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Debra. My name is Joe. I’m compiling info for my wife who had a mesh procedure done in Nov. 2010 and is still in pain from that surgery, the colon resection (successfull) of March 2010, and the massive clots or scar tissue remaining from the surgical drains. She was also severely burned by Flector pain patches and the hosp. where she had this done in Central wisconsin basically shrugs their shoulders and says they can’t cure her pain, only manage it the rest of her life. She essentially needs to talk with like minded victims as she no longer does much of what she used to do prior to this surgery. They even sent her to a pain clinic and enticed her with the possibility of nerve blocks yet refused unless she went through 6 moths to a year of “pain treatments” and see if they would work or fail. Seems to me they should just cut to the chase and block the offending nerve endings. It’s not just one issue though as there are layered pain issues all from thie single surgery. I wish you luck and maybe once Trump and a few politicians and Presidents have this done we’ll get some real action but should you find of either a doctor or lawyer to force action let my wife, Marcie, know @ grigasster@gmail.com. Hope to hear back and God bless…..

  7. LIz August 28, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply


    Who was the surgeon who removed your mesh at Mt. Sinai and how are you now, after it has been removed? I’m curious because my husband has been in chronic pain for the past two years and a dr. in California says that the mesh should come out. We’re trying to find a great surgeon to perform this operation. But I’m so scared that there are going to be bad results from this, as well.



    • Sunnygal April 20, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Please check out Dr. Tomas at
      ufirsthealth.com at the Desarda hernia center in Ft. Myers, Fl.
      Dr. Tomas repairs hernias & also removes them.
      He is very good.

      • MarieAnn February 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply


        I am left with a permanent seroma or possible pseudobursa from a non-mesh hernia repair. I was dissected so much in my abdomen that the no-mesh surgeon caused a huge dead space. The hernia itself was a small incisional hernia at a bikini-cut incision for a fascial graft harvest for treating my stress urinary incontinence after I had a TVT mesh removed, 2013. Now the incisional hernia is fixed but am left with a defect in my abdomen and pooch, way above the hernia repair that was done with absorbable sutures. pulls on my lower abdomen and side. I was told that the hernia repair surgeon (by 2nd and 3rd opinions Drs), did not need to dissect all the way to my navel like he did!! I have been in pain since the repair of the small hernia repair w/o mesh in 2015. Unbelievable!
        Do you think Dr Tomas can help me? I do live in North FL. I even have some fluid near navel due to this surgery that is very uncomfortable. So even tho you go to a surgeon that says No mesh repairs, Their techniques may be an issue. I have had a total of 12 or more surgeries related to pelvic mesh crap and resulted in an incisional hernia and now messed up abdomen by no-mesh repair! I am a very small woman, young. Left with 2 encapsulated seromas pockets of fluid. Would appreciate greatly your opinion of Dr Tomas as a surgeon. Thank you. I am beyond paranoid of who to go to!

        • Jane Akre February 25, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

          Sounds like you know what questions to ask of Dr. Tomas. Also check with Bruce Rosenberg, patient advocate. 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured but very knowledgeable about doctors and lawyers. Text him to reach him. Tell him I told you that. He gets overwhelmed.!

  8. Trudy Thomas September 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    My heart and prayers are with you all.

    I to am suffering from the mesh. In December 2006 I was admitted to the hospital for surgery for hernia repair. I want to first include the many many times I had gone to the er for my pain but was turned away because medicaid dropped me.

    Continuing this story after I returned home my surgery of having the mesh implant I was experiencing the most unbeleivable pain no words can describe. After many atempts going back to the er I was finally admitted because of evidence of an infection at the site of a ventral incisional hernia repair.

    Initial treatment had been debridement of the wound with the insertion of a wound vacuum-assisted closure (vac), but when I returned to the emergency room an abdominal ultrasound showed the presence of infection deep to the mesh. I was taken back to the operating room and the mesh was removed. While recovering from this procedure I developed signs and symptoms of complete bowel obstruction and was taken again back to the er. While recovering from this problem I developed respiratory failure and was transferred to the intensive care unit for about 2weeks. I then exeperinced a new pain and was back to the operating room for removal of my gallblader which gang green (not sure how to spell that word). had set in to be removed.

    • Starla September 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      You poor thing. How are you feeling today? What are they doing for you at this point?

  9. Peggy Calkins September 6, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Has anyone had Ethicon Pro-Plus Mesh used for hernia repair? My niece is having serious medical complications from it and can’t find a doctor who will help her. She has fistula’s in the bladder and intestines. As a result has lost over 50 lbs, is unable to walk, hasn’t been able to eat for the past two months. I’m really afraid she’s not going to make it if she doesn’t get help. She’s 31 yrs old and a single Mom with four children under the age of 10.

    • Jane Akre September 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Peggy- thanks for writing. Bruce Rosenberg of The Meshoma Foundation is as great resource for hernia injuries… he himself is a victim. Reach him at 945-701-5094. He has helped many people!

    • Starla September 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      So sorry to hear of your ordeal. Why won’t any Doctors see her? Also, she sounds like she is in an emergency state. Why not take her to emergency room? They would have to help her there.

      • fantasia October 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        How can anyone say to go ER they will help you there? Every time I go to Er theyjust want to pump me full of pain meds that only last a few hours and tell me to go to my primary care physician who says they just don’t know what to do.

    • Starla September 11, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Peggy, How is your niece doing. I can’t stop thinking about her. Did you find someone to help her?


  10. Starla September 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    On June 19 I got really sick and had to go to the emergency room. A CT scan showed scar tissue had wrapped around my intestine and part of my hernia mesh from one of my previous surgeries. I had to have surgery the following day. Everything went ok but it was a lengthy surgery and a bigger mesh had to be put in where the older smaller one was taken out. I wasn’t healing quite well and developed a seroma (fluid build up) in my abdomen. Another trip to the hospital and they drained 1 ½ liters of fluid off of me. A drainage tube was placed and sewn into my stomach July 24th. This whole time my incision wasn’t healing very well and a small part of it wasn’t completely closing. After about a week and a half of babying that, I started to run a fever. Back to the hospital I went. This time they admitted me. That was Aug. 3rd. After another CT scan showed a infection pocket they inserted another drain on the opposite side of my stomach. I had to wait 3 days for cultures of the fluid to come back to rule out MRSA or Staph. Thank goodness it was another bacteria. I was placed on heavy duty antibiotics right from the start of my being admitted but then they put me on another med and now I’m on Flagyl. I was in the hospital for 11 days. I was released on Monday the 13th. Too well to stay in the hospital but I still have a lot going on. While in the hospital I had to have a pic-line place in my arm to run the antibiotics. I came home still having to pack my incision with 22” of ¼” medical ribbon, 2 drain bags still draining and I’m having to run IV meds here at home for 2 more weeks. My insurance allows a visiting nurse 2 times a week who showed me how to do everything. But we are having to foot the bill ourselves for the meds and supplies. $90 dollars a day. Been doing it for 6 weeks now. You do the math. The infection is on the hernia mesh and that is why so much IV antibiotics. They are doing all they can to not have to take the mesh out. That would mean another lengthy surgery. And I’m told a serious surgery too. I have been homebound since I was released from the hospital since I am still nursing all this stuff. I’ve had drainbags removed and put back in twice as this seroma keeps coming back. I’ve also had 7 CT scans total. I will be on the IV meds (antibiotics) until the end of Sept. or until my seroma stops and I can have this drain out. Just have one in now. My doctors believe the infection is under control as cultures show nothing growing in the serous fluid. I am hopeful I can keep the mesh in. No pain, only at the draintube sight. How long can these seromas last? Anyone experience these? Is it because my body is rejecting the mesh? Only putting out 25-30 cc a day. They won’t pull it until it’s zero output. Sick of being poked and stabbed like you all. Would love to have my life back. Feel free to email me ktltel@yahoo.com

  11. Penny October 29, 2012 at 4:54 am - Reply

    I had ruptured diverticulitis in June 2009 with part of my colon removed and placement of a colostomy. Had no complications and in August 2009 they did a reversal of the colostomy. I did really good no pain or discomfort at all, I was amazed at not being sore or anything. But about a week after the surgery I became extremely nauseated and each time I gagged it felt as if something inside me was ripping apart the pain was unbareable. I called the doctor and he said I was fine just take the nausea medicine. The next day i noticed down the middle of my stomach where the incision was looked swollen so I went to his office and he examined me…assured me I was fine but he did do a CAT scan just to shut me up I’m sure. A few days later he called and said CAT scan was normal except for the two wounds we were packing ( these were small). The next week I returned to doctor with same complaints… he had me lay on table and examined me… said all was fine. I asked him if I could stand and show him. After I stood up his comment was ” oh you do have a hernia”. So in January 2010 I had laproscopic surgery to repair. When I woke up the doctor told me it was a very large hernia and that the entire midline incision was herniated and I had a hernia at the site where the colostomy was. That surgery changed my life dramatically. After that I suffered from severe pain taking pain medicine every 4-6 hours. Unable to move without feeling like my insides were ripping apart.

    In April 2010 got married and my husband moved me and my daughter to another state since I was no longer able to care for her on my own. My 14 year old daughter had to bathe me, help me to bathroom, clean me and had to do all the things that a child shouldn’t have to do.

    After we got moved and my husband set me up with a PCP. The first visit with this doctor, he called a surgeon and sent me straight to his office. In June 2010 this surgeon did a exploratory laproscopic surgery. When I woke he said my pain was caused because my intestines being stuck to the mesh. He said he freed all the adhesions and some scar tissue. I thought this would be the end but it wasn’t…

    The pain continued so he sent me for injections into the nerves of my stomach to relieve the pain. I had went 3 times was series of shots with no relief. The doctor doing the injections said there was no reason to continue since it wasn’t helping. So I continued with the pain until I was sent to see a gastro doctor who did a scope he said all looked good at the connection site. I was then sent to yet another surgeon and in June 2011 this surgeon thought the pain was caused by the sutures holding the mesh in place. So I was sent for another surgery, he did a abdominal wall exploration. When I woke up, I was told he found sutures entangled in nerves and one that was constricting a muscle. So I was happy, I thought I was going to get better.

    After the soreness from surgery went away I was still in the same pain. I gave up and figured this was how I was going to be.

    Then my daughter came home from school one day and told me about her friend’s mother who had problems with diverticulitis and had nothing but good things to say about her surgeon. And most of all she was living a normal life where I was still dependent on others for almost everything. So I made an appt with this doctor in September 2012. He really impressed me because he spent time to go through the hundreds of pages of medical records I had brought with me. Each time he read a surgical report he would ask me “why didn’t this doctor remove the mesh”

    My answer was always ” I have no idea”

    Next he impressed me by having me stand to check for hernia… instead of laying down like all the other doctor. I just remember having that large hernia and it couldn’t be felt with me laying down. His opinion was that thee was a problem with the mesh and he wanted to remove it. So 3 weeks ago I had surgery to remove the mesh ( oh and gallbladder since I had problems with gallstones). His findings were of course the gallbladder, intestines stuck to mesh (again) and the mesh showed chronic inflammation. He removed the mesh and all the sutures and tacks holding it in place. He then repaired all the hernias ( I now had one on the lower right side of stomach). The repair was done using Strattice ( pigskin) mesh and absorbable sutures. I am extremely sore but he said I would be for a while with all that was done. I am just hoping for a life after recovery.

    The first mesh was Proceed… is this one of the recalled meshes and where do I go from here…

    • Mary Marshall June 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Some time next month I’m going to have a hernia surgery. Not a repair! The hernia is around my belly button area. I’ve been reading nothing but horror stories on this site (including yours), however, they’re very much informative and important to know about. Filling me with so much vital patient information which I never realized was happening.

      I’ve been doing some research a mesh-free or w/mesh surgery. I found one surgeon in my area that performs mesh-free and then another surgeon (highly recomm.) that only performs w/mesh. (although I forgot to ask him the most important question: which type of mesh).

      After reading your story and the end result….I’m very anxious to know if your last repair with the strattice (pigskin) mesh was successful and if you are back to living a normal pain free life??

      • Jane Akre June 12, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

        If you’ve never had polypropylene or synthetic mesh or mesh of any kind,,, you are a better candidate for a non mesh repair is what the experts say. Talk to Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation to find out more… 954-701-5094. He is a wealth of information…hernia mesh injured man.

  12. cathi December 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I have had Hernia repair on Sept 25 2012 a year before I had colon surgey, they use mesh on me to repair the hernia went in lopascopicly, I have been in so much pain since I am conidering having the mesh removed is there anyone out there that can let me know if I should go through another surgey and will it be better for me in the long run.

  13. Lee December 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Ok I had surgery 3 years ago they used mesh .since then I lost 100 pounds can’t eat stomic hearts all the time have even passed out more then I like to admit constant pain .what can I do no med coverage should I go to dr or FDA

  14. Jane Akre December 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Lee- The FDA takes complaints from patients all the time. It is not a perfect system but it all the government does to keep track of so called adverse events. I don’t know if you had hernia mesh or vaginal. Please contact me at jeakre@gmail.com.

  15. tammie jones December 26, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    my husband had a hernia and is having problems we need legal help

  16. Dishon Jones December 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    I got a hernia repair with mesh last year.(2011) I started having pain right above the incision. I thought it was due to the surgery, well I knew pain was expected but 6 months after the surgery I continued to have really bad pains after I ate anything. So I thought that maybe i was still healing but a year later going i two years im still having theses pains. I just want dime answers what went wrong, do I need to get the mesh remove, is it life threatening? Can some one please help me I also have the hardest time having a bowel movement please help me. What should I do?

  17. Jane Akre January 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm - Reply


    You need to become your own advocate for your health. I will refer you to Bruce Rosenberg who is a hernia mesh injured person who can help you with a plan brosenberg1@bellsouth.net

    I do not give legal or medical advice. I’m assuming you have all of your medical records? I’ve never heard of a mesh complication going away on its own, though that would be nice. I hope you take action and get some answers.. there are professionals out there who can guide you.

  18. Michael January 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I found a leading hernia researcher in the industry in North Carolina. I had two hernia (inguinal) repairs and I was not told about the risk of issues from my initial surgeon. He used the plug and patch for both repairs. The first one (right side) went ago and still bothers me now.

    The left side was hugely problamatic. I had stabbing pains in my testicles, down the legs. My problem was that I had also suffered from pelvic floor pain on the left side from an injury sustained while running. I actually believe my first right side repair which was done almost a year before my left side, had made my pelvis inverted. I had an incident while running and pulled something in my pelvic floor that I am still working on today. I’m hoping i’ll be able to overcome this at some point.

    As far as the left hernia repair, I couldn’t stand it and I had enough of it. I started researching and against the advice of my therapist and family, I drove hours to see another surgeon that I had found online. This is the first doctor that I found that actually understood what I was going to. After seeing him and thinking long and hard about, I decided to have him redo my left hernia. He took out the plug and mesh and put a layer of mesh under the muscle instead of on top. He said my nerves were all entrapped in scar tissue and the mesh and that I was in pretty bad shape. Today, my left side feels better than my right side (minus my pelvic floor pain)!

    I guess I’m adding this because you really do have to be your own health advocate. Most general surgeons will shrug their heads if you say you’re in pain, mostly because they don’t know how to fix it or are scarred to attempt it. If you are still in pain, find someone that specializes in fixing in. I took the risk of loosing a leg or testicle by having mine redone and it’s not an easy choice. I wish you all the best and I think we can all get better some day. Technology will be better. Please help yourself though. I searched medpub (free online medical publication) for months to find a doctor that could help me.

    One day, I may even have the right side redone but I’m wanting to father children first. I do wish you all the best.

    Don’t give up. Pain can be cured or at least made much much better. Even without surgery the body has a great change to eventually adapt and cope!

    • Jared Stone March 1, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

      What leading hernia researcher did you go to in NC…I have bilateral groin hernias and live in NC

    • ScooterMama July 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Which doc did you see in NC, PLEASE~

  19. wesley johnson January 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    The Mesh was a Bard 3D Max. It was implanted on both sides (2) Meshes I had the hernia sergery the last part of the month of May in 2008. I started having problems around the first of the year in 2011 and by July of 2011 almost died, and had it removed. The mesh wore a hole in my bladder about the size of a 50 cent piece & both surgons said it looked “like an old wound” The mesh was full of Staff infection and the cause of the wound and was removed. Upon removeal the incision became infected with the staff & split open resulting in exstreamly long recovery time and a ugly scare that looks like I have 2 belly buttons. As far as I know this model mesh has not been recalled but is under review. Even though it might not yet be recalled it still just about killed me and did disfigure me, for life

    • Keven Caldwell January 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply


      Thanks for sharing your story. I am curious as to what were all of the symptoms you had that led up to your removal of the mesh? And how did the doctors finally discover the problem?

      I have the same mesh in me (about 1 yr & 3 months since surgery) and have had some unexplained symptoms:

      1) Abdominal pain/pressure and bloating

      2) Urinary symptoms that include burning & pain in my urethra

      3) Gastro issues like constipation and discomfort

      4) Pain in my lower back/kidney area

      I have had a CT Scan, Colonoscopy, and cystoscopy and nothing has shown anything.



  20. Rachel Clingon January 10, 2013 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I had ventral hernia on Dec.12,2012 with mesh. four weeks later U have a lump the size of an orange at the surgical site. I am also still finding blood on my underwear from where the wound drain tube was removed. It is mostly dark with some fresh blood and has a bad smell. I am so worried about problems with the mesh. I will see the surgeon tomorrow.

    • Rachel Clingon January 22, 2013 at 2:28 am - Reply

      Dr said the blood was coming from the bottom of the wound. The wound looks ugly. I’m 64 but still don’t want to look ugly. I had previously had a hysterectomy at the same site and some of the edges are healing gaping open. Dr said the lump could be fluid. Nothing was explained to me. I had some bleeding after week 5. I have next apt. Feb. 7th. I’m wishing now I had just lived with the hernia.

      • Ann January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        Rachael, I feel for you greatly. I also am 64 and I think am feeling pretty much the same way. I have been dealing with Crohn’s disease for 36 years, have had 3 bowel resections and many other issues. I had an incisional hernia repair done in 2011 with Bard mesh and am regretting it everyday of my life since. Unfortunately, I thought the surgeon at OSU was only repairing the hernia, totally unaware of him putting in a 10 x 14 inch piece of mesh! In October 2012 I went to Cleveland Clinic to have my colon removed and now have an ostomy. The surgeon said it took almost the first 3 hours of the 7 hour surgery to get through the mesh. She had to get her biggest guy on the surgical team to get it apart, she told me. AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO HELP? I would rather have the hernia. The 14″ incision from the surgery is not healing. It drains really bad, and smells like you said. I have to pack this wound myself everyday. I know I should be thankful I am still alive, but like you said, I feel very ugly. Am going back to Cleveland Clinic this Friday to talk to the wound nurse. Wish me luck! Good luck to you, hope you get better.

        • Rachel Clingon February 4, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply

          Thank you Ann. Good luck to you I hope you can get help and feel better.

  21. Kenneth Nesmith January 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    There is a doctor in Las Vegas who has over 5000 hernia repairs WITHOUT mesh. He is a very outspoken Dr. AGAINST the use of Mesh….says it “honestly ruins lives. He has done about 100 mesh removals. He saves the mesh specimens when he removes them. you WOULD NOT BELIEVE what this mesh garbage looks like after it has resided in the Human body. 1) A study in the U.K. found that ALL the mesh they tested is subject to “mineralization” that is to say it gets hard in the body due to minerals accumulating in the mesh its self. 2) As per Dr. Peterson, Scar tissue forms around the mesh, as scar tissue ages it SHRINKS thereby pulling and tugging on the mesh wich subsequently pulls of the surgical “tacks” wich hold the mesh in place causing insuferable pain. In short, what was placed in the body as a soft membrane becomes hard, then suffers tension from the scar tissue. IMAGINE what that can do to a human being in one of their most sensitive areas..The Belly !

    Here is a News Report about Dr. Peterson and Mesh….

    Cavat Emptor : Buyer Beware


    God Bless those who suffer.

    Scincerely : Kenneth Nesmith

  22. Kenneth Nesmith January 28, 2013 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Here is research about the Mechanical Properties of Surgical Mesh;


    Mechanical Properties of Mesh Materials Used for Hernia Repair and Soft Tissue Augmentation

    Research Data and Results;


  23. Kenneth Nesmith January 28, 2013 at 2:42 am - Reply

    More Commentary by Dr./Surgeon Peterson , of Las Vegas, about Mesh problems and correction…


  24. terlin January 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Had inguinal hernia surgery 2011 had bowl and urinating issues, so severe couldn’t sit. Severe bloating above incisions bilateral went through all kinds of test sigmoidoscopy ct scan MRI all negative had mesh removed oct 2012 nerves were untangled cut and buried scar tissue removed from colon groin swelling went down now numb with some stinging but still bloated and pain above incisions can’t sit and still difficult to defacate.

    • Ben February 5, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Will those who have had their mesh removed PLEASE share who is removing them? Your stories are helpful, but without the doctors’ names, patients can’t make informed decisions. Thanks.

      Terlin, who removed your mesh?

      • Eden April 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        I have been in touch with Terlin and his mesh was removed by Dr. Ramshaw.

  25. Anjanelle February 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I have a 3 year old daughter that is supposed to go in for an inguinal hernia repair and a 16 mth old (also daughter) for an umbilical hernia repair, after reading of the mesh complications I am obviously hesitant. What would be your suggestions for me?

  26. Jonsey February 10, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    So confused, should I move forward with the hernia repair or not? Have had diverticulitis and now facing this surgery. Scared of the Mesh after hearing so many horror stories. What should I do? Is it reallyife or death to have this surgery?

    • Tanja February 28, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Jonsey: I too am scheduled to have an umbillical hernia repaired and after reading this, I became horrified and told my doctor about my fears. He said that he uses Marlex mesh. I googled and got horrified all over. Got a second opinion and the new doc. says she uses biological mesh because it is less chance of your body rejecting it. She also said that the first doctor isn’t wrong for using Marlex simply because it is used to often in these cases and works. She said that if I were not healthy and had any other health issues, she would definitely use the biological mesh. So now, I have to choose and I’m still afraid. Perhaps I could just do nothing and pray that I can live with my hernia which give me no problems, for the rest of my life? So scared and So confused….

      • Tamar Kuperstein October 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        My Umbilical hernia seems to be growing (half a melon) around the belly button. this happen following a laporoscopic surgery at the end of April 2013. My doctor suggested a mesh implant. However I found this statements in regards to the procedure in MedlinePlus:

        •Strong stitches will be used to repair the hole or weak spot caused by the umbilical hernia.

        •Your surgeon may also lay a piece of mesh over the weak area (usually not in children) to make it stronger.

        I am very anxious and may opt for strong stitches or ask for a biological mesh if the doctor will let me.

        Any ideas?

        • Jane Akre October 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

          Tamar- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation brosenberg1@bellsouth.net He may be able to direct you. Though not a doctor or lawyer, he is very experienced and has a great deal of research. He also is knowledgeable about doctors… thank you… ja

  27. Al February 14, 2013 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Had left inguinal hernia surgery 10 years ago have had terrible pain and problems ever since. Doctors here in Australia refuse to help me. The surgeon claims he used surgipro mesh, although nothing is recorded in medical record not even a sticker from the mesh. Doctors refuse to help, Radiologists don’t even want to get involved. If I could find some one to remove the mesh now, I wonder if I could possibly be any worse off?

    • Selina April 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Al, I am in Australia also (NSW). I have been in excrutiating pain since an implant of mesh to repair an large incisional hernia resulting from 2 appendix ops. I too have been getting the run around from doctors – was told I have nerve damage and would have to control pain with medication….I am now on 60mg morphine daily plus endone & lyrica. Well a couple of months ago a lifted something heavy & immediately had severe pain that got worse & worse so I ended up in hospital. I was never told mesh was going to be used – I went into surgery expecting keyhole & to be stitched up. Immediately upon waking I grabbed my side & said to the surgeon ‘whats that, whats wrong with my side’ he then stated the hernia was too large to be fixed with keyhole so he had to cut me open again & insert mesh. From that moment on my life has been a living hell & as I am also a single mum it has been really hard just trying to cope with every day life. There were other complications, seromas etc etc.& everytime I had a scan they all said there was no obvious problem that the mesh was intact. Anyhow to cut a long story short when I went to hospital a couple of months ago I went to a different larger hospital than where the surgery happened & found a sympathetic specialist who gave me the name of a hernia specialist in Sydney. this wonderful doctor is going to remove the mesh & he does public patients as well at one of the big sydney hospitals. You HAVE to take this into your own hands!!! Google for specialist hernia repair surgeons in your area – if you are in a country town as I am BYPASS it and find someone in the city who knows what they are doing. Ring a few of these surgeons yourself & organise an appointment then go to your Gp & get the referral letters. That is what I did, my gp did not have a problem with me doing that & in fact they have no right to refuse you. this surgeon did blood tests that show I have high grade inflamation & the scans show a huge difference to my muscle tissue etc on the hernia side. He said sometimes there is a low grade infection in the mesh that does not show up in blood results…all my white cell counts etc are ok but there is high grade inflammation in my body which obviously is because of the mesh. He has given me no promise that removing the mesh will improve or make a difference to my pain but the way I see it it cant get any worse & I would rather have this stuff out of my body. I also have an extrememly high pain threshold which is what has helped me through this – I know if i did not have that I would be incapable of living life at all – even with the meds I am on they do not take all the pain away but I can cope so do not want to increase my doses. Good luck to you & I hope you find some relief & a good surgeon who will help you. You might also want to google ‘class action mesh lawsuit australia’. Kind Regards

      • Jane Akre April 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        Hello–I am wondering if you connected with a Dr. John Garvey in Australia as the mesh expert you mention? A woman from Sydney would like to know. Thank you! Jane Akre

      • Gary Schnapp June 3, 2013 at 1:47 am - Reply


        Kindly tell me the name of the doctor in Sydney, Australia who will remove your mesh, and a contact phone number, if possible. I live in U.S.A. but will travel to any destination to have mesh removed after my laparoscopically-inserted mesh has been causing me pain for two-and-a-half years.

        Thank you,

        Gary Schnapp

        • Jan June 14, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

          Just reading thru all your comments & found out about a U.S. surgeon in Las Vegas: Dr. Kevin Petersen of No Insurance Surgery. Go to their website & all your questions will be answered, even if you do have insurance.

      • grace February 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        Hi Selina,

        Thank you so much for your story, I to am having problems with mesh and I wonder if you could let me know the Dr you visited in Sydney for mesh removal.

        It would be so appreciated.

        Kind Regards Grace

        • Jane Akre February 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

          Helen O’Connell at U of Melbourne is aware of defective mesh problems….

  28. Patty February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I had inguinal hernia repair with mesh in December of 2004. I was problem free until August 2011 when I was hospitilized with abdominal pain and a high fever. The doctors were unable to find anything wrong and sent me home. Again in May of 2012 I was hospitilized with the same symptoms and again released with no answers. I had other infections and was given antibiotics. In November I went for a cat scan for an unrelated problem. The same day I got a call from my doctor telling me I had a 3 inch abscess in my abdomin. I was admitted that afternoon and had surgery 3 days later to remove the mesh that had gotten entangled in my small intestine. The doctor had to remove a total of 3 inches of my small intestine. I had complications with the healing of the 12 inch wound and had to see a wound care doctor 2-3 times a week for 2 months. Just this week I consulted an attorney about taking legal action. I was told these law suits had been settled already and I probably didn’t have any hope for any restitution. Have any of you consulted an attorney and what were you told?

  29. MaryJo February 19, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I went in for an umbilical hernia surgery and came out with a double hernia surgery in aug 2008. I gained 50 pounds by January. Went back to the doctor who said there was nothing wrong with me. Since then, the weight hasn’t came off, I have awful pains in my stomach every so often. Sometimes i get a sharp sharp pain that bends me over n feels like i just got outta surgery again then it’ll just go away. If I feel a gas pain, I need a bathroom cuz I can’t be for sure if its just gas or I’m gonna squirt something out. When I have to pee I have to go then cuz I can’t hold it. If I cough or sneeze I might tinkle. I know this could be from other issues but I never had any of these problems until I had the surgery. Does anyone else have this or heard of this being a problem? Is this normal and it’s just in my head that its from my double hernia surgery?

  30. Xiomara M March 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I had an open repair ventral hernia on January 17,2013 , next day at the hospital I had some temperature and the next day i was trowing up. they let me stay in the hospital for four days. I got home next day i had this really bad pain ,believe me it was like being in labor and i started to trow up since then i been taking milk of magnesia, mira lax everyday and the pain doesn’t go away i still trow up at least once a week and the cramping and the pain doesn’t go away. I had a ct scan last week and it showed that i have fluid around the surgery are and the mesh has moved. my gastroenterologist thinks there is an infection but two of the surgeons at my doctor’s office can not rule an infection, but i’m still with pain and nauseas and trowing up. I have an appt. next tuesday with my doctor i’m waiting to see what she will said about it, but for the last seven weeks i have been miserable feeling like crap everyday. Has anyone out there have or had this symptoms?

  31. George March 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair with mesh, and have been in constant pain, it recent got worse when I started to cough and sneeze. I live in Los Angeles ,has any one had their mesh removed? You can email me if you guys need some one to talk to. Raidernation07es@yahoo.com

  32. Dellia March 29, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I had laparoscopic hernia surgery two weeks ago. I am in more pain now, then before the surgery. The “bulge” that was the “hernia”, is now hard and still there. I feel pain and pressure in the upper abdomen area. The surgeon was very vague about answering questions. I have a follow up appointment next week. I don’t think he is going to be helpful at all. He was all about his “money”. If he places the blame on me or won’t help, then what? I think he used mesh. I am so upset and hurt right now. I saved to have this surgery. Now it appears I will go broke trying to get it removed. We can’t afford this. I am the only caregiver for my kids. My husband works. There is no one to help me. I am just lost…

    • Jane Akre March 29, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Dellia- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg brosenberg1@bellsouth.net who is very knowledgeable about hernia mesh. Not a doc or a lawyer but a patient advocate and himself, hernia-mesh injured. Keep us in the loop please.. thanks! ja

    • Brandy April 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Della where are you?

  33. Brandy April 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I had a emergency ventral hernia repair done almost 3 weeks ago and while I was rolling around in pain begging for drugs my husband told the Surgeon to fix me at all cost except putting a Mesh patch in. The Surgeon is not happy with the decision but it is one we made together several years ago when we discovered I had a Hernia for a botched C-section. The surgeon came in after and told me I would have another Hernia since I refused the patch. Me personally I feel better today than I have in over a year and after sitting here reading all of your stories I am soooo grateful that my husband and I made this decision. I hope to prove the doctor wrong and heal well and for ever. I started eating better 11 months ago I gave up soda lost 60 pounds and had to quit smoking as of the surgery. I hope I made the right decision. I wish nothing but pain free peace to each and everyone of us everyday.

  34. Pat April 3, 2013 at 2:44 am - Reply

    March 29, 2010 I had experienced a ruptured appendix, as I was admitted into the ER of the hospital, for that is when it was found that my appendix ruptured, since March 26th. Had to have Emergency surgery that night, and ended up staying in the hospital for 8 days. The surgeon I had was a great one, as she basically ‘saved’ my life that night She had to cut 4 inches into me, as this affected my belly button area. Did well after that, but a few months later I developed a large hard ball-like at my belly button. Found out that this was a hernia.. either due to stitches tearing, or? Was referred to another surgeon, instead of the one that performed the original appendix surgery, as I had surgery (was supposed to be outpatient, but ended up staying over night in the hospital) on March 14th of last year (2012). Was aware of the idea of having mesh placed, but that was about as far as my knowledge went.

    Another three inches were cut in me, which was above the previous surgery of the appendix at the time of the hernia surgery. Was told that he had placed five inches of mesh (never knew what kind of mesh he used) over the area of the belly button hernia. I had felt allot of tenderness around the area of my belly button, and also of my lower stomach. By July of 2012, my lower stomach swelled up so badly, as I actually looked (still do) as if I were about 6 months pregnant (I have NEVER been pregnant…. just visualizing what I would look like, if I were). I had complained to my Primary doctor about this for quite a while, and he actually did find that I had ANOTHER hernia, which was located at the lower left near the groin area… last November. He could push everything back in. On December 2, 2012 I fell into a chain link fence gate, as I really meshed up my face, and also had dislocated my left shoulder. I am 62, and one can’t just ‘bounce back’ as when they were younger. ER visit and they were able to (by putting me out, because I was in EXCRUCIATING PAIN!) put my shoulder back into place. I then had a torn rotator cuff. Wasn’t able to use my left arm, and still can’t. No strength in it, etc. Will take a very long time to heal. Anyway, I did have a CT Scan the first of January to see about the hernia. My doctor said that I didn’t have to worry about it, as there is ‘fat’ growing it, etc. This has been a MAJOR concern of mine, and the idea of the arm to heal has been more of a priority with the doctors. Finally, I was able to see the surgeon who had performed the appendix surgery (the surgeon who had performed the hernias surgery last year, retired) a few weeks ago. She looked at the records of the surgery and said that the mesh had been placed over the hernia hole and was stapled to the good flesh inside. Sounds to me, that there was NO repairing the hernia from before, as to just cover it with 5 inches of mesh and STAPLE it. Both my husband and I have told that surgeon that I do ALLOT of physical work. We live on over 2 1/2 acres in Southern California, as we have horses, dogs, cats and other farm animals that need to be fed and taken care of. I DO NOT

  35. Pat April 3, 2013 at 2:53 am - Reply

    To continue………. I DO NOT just sit at a desk job, and do little exerting exercises. Now, I am going to have to have surgery and have the previous mesh removed (having to cut the entire 7 inches again that had been cut away in me during the past two surgeries), and that the first hernia will have to be sewn and also to have the lower hernia repaired, too. The staples have been RIPPING away, and it really does HURT to feel those darn things ripping underneath my skin.. YIKES! And, I was told that I will be in a great deal of pain, for a very long time. And too, I am responsible for paying the copay of the hospital stay of $250.00 a day. Both my husband and I are on Disability. We don’t get very much each month, and the cost of the hospital stay will take a long while to pay off. This hospital wants their money NOW! Have gone through this with the same hospital twice before, and to have to go through it again…geez!

    I have allot more TRUST in this surgeon, as I had said she was the one that had done the great job of the ruptured appendix. Surgery is planned for some time in May.

    Sure hope that this surgery does the job, and that I can lose the excess fat/skin that has developed over the past year in my lower stomach.

    • Brandy April 5, 2013 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Pat check with the financial office at your hospital there might be programs to get the copay paid for you because of your age and income. In North Carolina we have Vocational Rehab and they help with things like this. My heart goes out to you this morning! I know when it’s removed the relief will out weigh the pain!

  36. michael ketcham April 12, 2013 at 7:20 am - Reply

    i just had incarcerated hernia surgery umbilical and it,s 3 days after . now i,m having numbness , knot like feelings inside. like the intentines is gone through the wall again and not to mention i had blood coming from my rectum after a bowel movement. waiting for the nurse to get here.

  37. Jeanette April 28, 2013 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Still looking for help, dr that put in mesh wont do anything

    I’ve see three more drs they say I need to see dr that put the mesh in

    I have he won’t do anythig. He blowed me off

    I’m in pain it feels like someone is stabing Me

    and still have pro lapsing constipation incont swelling in the aria infection ect

    What am I to do help

  38. bettybellagio April 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Jeanette,

    I have run into that exact same thing. The stabbing is horrible and still happens (less often) after 100% mesh removal. I recommend getting it out – totally. If you’re in a small town like me, other Dr.’s don’t want to deal with mesh issues because of the political aspects. The hippocratic oath is in the past (not all, but most I’ve met so far). If there is anyway to see Dr. Raz in CA, that should be the 1st stop. He isn’t bothered by other Dr.’s screw ups. I think he spends most of his time fixing things other’s have caused. Also, there are instructions on the web for Dr.’s to address mesh issues. They are more political than true, as far as my experience (for over 4years anyway), removing the part that hurts, causes more issues. Estrogen cream isn’t a miracle cure. Mesh does cause pain. It is so maddening that it isn’t being regulated. Someone here said that it should be buyer beware with the FDA and I agree! We are in great need of more experienced Dr.’s in this area, and how to pick up the pieces of our lives once we’ve been injured. Instead we find stonewalling, denial, and Dr.’s thinking we’re crazy because he’s never seen this before. It’s about greed. They should be sorry that anyone of us was injured in the first place and to add insult to injury is just plain wrong. It will come out – eventually. I hope in time to help us.

  39. Elizabeth May 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I had a triple incisional hernia repair with mesh done last Aug, 2012 and thought it all went really well…extremely painful recovery…had my breakdown, etc. At some point in the healing, the pain from the incision site went away and was almost immediately replaced by a peripheral pain all the way around in a square shape…I contacted the surgeon and he ordered a ct scan and of course nothing showed up…it is now almost a year later and I developed another hernia above the repair on what was left of the old incision site…saw the same surgeon today and he said I was the first patient ever to complain about pain caused by a mesh…I told him quite adamantly that I do not want another mesh put in me and if possible, to have the mesh he put in removed…he said there was no surgeons in BC Canada…I asked about Shouldice and he said I should speak to my family doctor and get a referral…I am in constant, but bearable pain…can’t wear pants or undies that have a band that reaches my belly button area…I have to wear an abdominal binder when the pain gets too much…pain is always there, even when laying down in bed. I am searching online for surgeons who can remove and repair without mesh…doubt I can go to the States…don’t really know what costs are for this type of surgery…but am saving up every cent I can to get this done. I keep reading about the Desarda method and the Shouldice method…it’s all so confusing. I can’t believe this all started with a rotten gallbladder removed in Emergency in 2007…I hope this isn’t going to turn into a disability.

  40. JOJO May 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Does any one know any attorneys that take ethicon proceed mesh cases if so please let me Know ..:)

    • Aaron May 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Did you ever find any lawyers that are dealing with this? My wife is having severe pain and complications from a 2 year old surgery.

      • Jane Akre May 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        Aaron- The last hernia mesh cases were for Kugel and I’m not aware of any Mass Torts against any hernia mesh manufacturer…. But I could be wrong. Lawyers? Since so many are coming forward with complications I cannot imagine that eventually there will be litigation. Be sure to report your complication into the FDA’s MAUDE database in that this is the only way the agency keeps track, as poor a system as it is.

  41. Gabe May 10, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Surgery 04/25/2013 . I just had two hernia surgies, inguinal and imbalical. I did have the Dr. Do the repair wish mesh. Not knowing the aftermath. But one thing I’m Uncomfortable withis that the hernia was near my left nesticle. BUT the incision wasn’t near the testicle. I can still feel something uncomfortable there! From where I feel the hernia near the left testical is about 3-4 inches. So I’m very concerned thinking this Dr. Didn’t do his job! Even day of surgery I notice that where he marked the area where he would make the incision was across my waist not going downward. And I felt all this before surgery. And it’s still there! What can I dooooooo…………

  42. Heather May 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I have had a TVT in December 2011 and 2 inguinal hernia repairs on each side, one in August of 2012 and the other in December 2012 with a Mesh but not sure what type and ever since I have been in Chronic Pain and now my doctor wants to send me for nerve blocks but those are not nice to have so I don’t know what to do now.

  43. jason flatt May 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply


    I had an inguinal hernia repair with mesh on my right side November 2012. I have an occasional shooting pain in it but I know that is probably from the nerves being cut. It only happens sometimes but otherwise I am fine. I broke my Fibula about 3 weeks ago playing basketball and have been nursing it as it is on the same side as that hernia repair. 1 week after breaking my leg I had been feeling a dull pain in the right side of my testicles. I went back in and wouldnt you know it another inguinal hernia now on the left side. This time I had a broken leg on 1 side and 1 day to prepare for this surgery on the left side. BOY what a different surgery this time. I felt a burning unlike the last surgery was clammy and sweating as I was trying to recover. My temperature seems to take me from hot to cold consistently. I am now 1 week and a half outta this surgey. I have intense shooting pains. Hopefully I will recover flawlessly but dang it hurts. On this side. I have also nausea and a lack of an appetite with ultra frequent bowel movements. I hope I dont end up where you all are so wish me luck. Also since I had thw hernia I was anaemic and had autoimmune symptoms does anyone know if thats common with inguinal hernias. Let me know. God bless u alk

  44. ana June 23, 2013 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I went in for a hernia repair woke uo to two hernia repair a month later if I lay on one side hurt if wear my jeans waist I get discomfort and nausea. I feel nause all the time not sure if this is normal. Pain meds help a lot just wondering what’s wrong anyone feeling nausea all the time

    • Betty June 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply


      Nausea is not normal. I didn’t have hernia mesh – (SUI mesh), but I did have constant issues from nausea. Turns out my nausea was caused by ulcers, which developed from pain meds. I recommend you see a gastroenterologist.


  45. betteanne rutten June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Had diverticulitus complicated by salmonella. Developed perotinis and then life threatening sepsis. Renal, lymph, and respiratory functions are still diminished. Emergency resection, 9 days ICU, 2 weeks hospital, 3 months home health care. 5 months later, colon re-sectioned. Did well, then developed huge hernia lower left side near pelvic area. Mesh repair-most painful surgery of the 3. Later had to have 3 drainages of seromas which formed. these were CT scan assisted. Although I am now quite mobile after almost 3 years since mesh repair, I have constant pain where mesh is connected over pubic area. Ultra sound and CT scan shows clear abdomen. I do look perpetually 5-6 months pregnant and always will. With the mesh compressing the lower abdomen, it’s like a toothpaste tube, as the abdominal cavity bubbles to the top. There is nothing to be done. Guess I’m lucky to be alive, but still no relief from the discomfort and sometimes pain.

  46. Jocelyn June 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    In August 2012 I had a surgery to repair an umbilical hernia in which the surgeon placed a mesh, three weeks later I was back in surgery where he opened me, took that mesh out and used a different mesh. I think Allomax is the brand name. About 6 weeks after surgery I developed a huge bulge at the site of the incision which I’ve since found out is a ventral hernia. It’s extremely unsightly and cause a vast array of complications including chronic vomiting and chronic pain. The surgeon denies anything wrong, or anything that can be surgically fixed. My complications outweigh my quality of life by far and I live in misery daily. I don’t know what to do at this point. I spoke with a big name attorney in Houston and they didn’t want to take my case. I’m at a loss right now and just wanting my life back. Any advice is welcomed.

  47. Kimberly Whitman July 3, 2013 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Sometime in the 80’s my colostomy herniated and I had a mesh patch put in and my colostomy was moved to other side. I have had pelvic/abdominal pain throughout the years but the last couple I have had alot of discomfort plus nausea which my doctor hasn’t been able to diagnois. What chance is there that the mesh is causing my problems? Could I have scar tissue attached or other issues? How do I find out if the mesh could be the problem?

  48. Jane Akre July 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I often say it but Bruce Rosenberg is a hernia mesh injured patient who has founded the Meshoma Foundation. He makes it his job to know all about hernia mesh, though he is not a doctor or lawyer, but a patient advocate. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net or 954-701-5094.

  49. Brandon Holder July 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply


    In 2010 i did not have insurance and my 3.75 inch hernia was repaired with plastic mesh, 2 years later i had a Vericocelle(sp) repair and the doctor said he will look around and see if he could find a nerve to no avail. After that I went and sat down with a doctor and was told i have very little options for this. he performed a expository laperoscopy and found to the far left of my hernia repair that the mesh had “balled up” and was causing the pain. that was 2 months ago and the same pain is still there. When i first was diagnosed left inguinal hernia i was not offered any other option such as natural sinew or any of that. Still to this day i have the same chronic “hot coal” under my skin feeling and i don’t know if it will ever be normal. I am a car builder, artist, and the only member in my household with a job and it is tearing me apart, every time i bend or stretch it causes intense pain that pulsates and lingers for days and when i do have a good day i may move wrong and im down for a week or so.. I am currently on no pain meds besides otc ibuprophen that i have to take large amounts just to take the edge off which is terrible on the kidneys.. I am at the point where i don’t know what to do. I don’t want to be 25 and on disability the rest of my life. i feel i should take legal action but every law firm i contact only takes on vaginal mesh (no offense to you ladies) and all these surgeries i have had to pay for. So i continue to deal with constant pain while doctors tell me there is nothing else that can be done.. Good luck to you all i wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

    • Betty August 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Brandon,

      I’m so sorry you’re going through this. My son is your age. WARNING: Ibuprofen can cause severe ulcers and kill you especially if you take high doses. When my mesh nightmare began no Dr. would believe I was even in pain and I took ibuprofen at the max dose to just get by. I am on oxycodone and occasional dilaudid. I have good days and bad days. My Dr. monitors me regularly and said that this for my case is actually better for pain control. This is probably a political statement. The issue they discuss with oxycodone on addiction is for those who get a “high” off of it. I’ve been told by many Dr.’s that you don’t get a high if it’s going to pain. The other thing is you can grow tolerant to it. I keep a log of what I take and when I take it. I’ve been off of it 3 times now and didn’t really suffer withdrawals. It can be weaned off. If ibuprofen is helping you like it is me

      • Betty August 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        sorry meant to say it did me. My email went wacko. I hope to see hernia mesh repair go into lawsuits as is the vaginal mesh. All of it is suspect. Hang in there, Blessings

  50. Catherine. bernardy July 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve had 2 Hermia repairs in same area. Now I’ve constant pain, burning and problems moving my bowel thrum that area. Could it be the mesh? Also left side of lower abdomen has a big bulge.

  51. Debbie Blacl August 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I am 40yrs old and have had three Umbilical hernia repairs here in the UK and they are killing me. I have synthetic meshes and it has destroyed my life. At this point I’m looking for anyone to help me find an alternative. I suffer from debilitating pain every day, am now on Morphine. I just got out of hospital today (my third time this year) and my mesh is infected. I almost died twice because the mesh was stuck to my bowel. I have pain every day, the infections give me raised blood pressure, my organs become inflammed nd make me gravely ill and every day I feel the pulling and tearing of my flesh as the meshes and scar tissue rips and tears apart when I move. I geat headaches, vomit, am nauseous every day and sometimes just can’t even get out of bed. I hve two boys under 5 and I worry this mesh rejection is going to kill me. Is there any alternative anywhere in the world to meshes? i will save up and pay to have it in the US or Canada if I have to. I can’t carry on like this. I’ve doing a lot of research based from Harvard that states Mesh rejection is causing sufferers to end up with Auto Immune Disease, Cancer, Diabetes etc…please can someone help me. I don’t want to be like this anymore. I feel like my life is over before it’s even begun. My boys deserve more than the Mum they have.

  52. Kimberly Brehm August 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    My name is Kim. I had a double incisional hernia repair done on Wen. August 7th of this year. I was told he was gonna use mesh, but was not told of all the complications it might cause. I was in a lot of pain before the surgery, so I just wanted it done!! I also have a problem with my back, so trying to deal with all the pain becomes challenging sometimes. I take pain meds, but believe me they don’t always work.

  53. GGKY59 August 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    2009, my mother, then 75 had developed Diverticulitis, and was bleeding severely from the anal area. She was taken into surgery and repaired using a medical mesh. 2011, she was still feeling pain from the surgery, so they went in and the mesh removed . A year later she began developing hernia’s. 3 surgeries later, due to constant infections, still no relief from the pain. Just recently it had gotten so bad, so much so that her skin had began to die off on the belly area, she was rushed to ER,…today, my mother is back at the same hospital with a huge hole in the center of stomach, wide open, never to be repaired. I am beside myself with frustration and misery over this poor woman having to endure this pain for the rest of her life. I want to hold someone responsible, could it have been the mesh that was first used, please help me somebody?

  54. Eddie Wood September 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I too have undergone right side inguinal hernia repair about 8 months ago, and have had mild pain and discomfort for months. I’ve recently experienced very bad pain in my entire lower abdominal area and groin.

    Burning, stabbing, etc. feelings all day everyday now for several weeks.

    I also feel very weak with flu like symptoms.

    I do have an appointment with the Dr. that performed my surgery in November.

    I feel like somethings very wrong as these feelings are constant, and may be causing other health problems.

  55. Kim September 30, 2013 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I had uper abdomen herina repaired for one month after I had drainage like a brownish green I would push on ensison and the fluid would gush right out dr said that was normal this was in July finally in August it was starting to heal by the beginning of sept it was all closed up now we r at the end of sept and that area is hard very red and sore and it burns and there is also some swelling can someone tell me if this is caused by the mesh this all has taken place this year2013

    • My bad mesh September 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Yes I’m sorry to say it’s the mesh! I haven’t been the same since mine in 07 and had coils that broke loose within 4 months. Repair 5 months later to pull out broken coils and stitches. Now I’m stuck with a wauded up ball of fishing line in my gut. It’s swells up and looks like a separate body part. I feel the burning etc.. But never get it I have polypropylene in mine . Good luck! Be your own advocate!! This horrible product should have never made the market!!

  56. lucy Goodrow October 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Ok ihada hernia done with mesh approx 5 years ago i changed drs and he explained that my mesh with staple had gone in a big hole which was my first hernia he explained to me that my chances of strangulation could happen but because the whole was larger then intestines my chases were reduced he also explained how he would repair with a much larger mesh so this would not happen again he also told me that 3out 5 would have to have surgery again ,

    will in the last 24 hours i have a slight fever and pain in my pelvic area so i desided to look on line now i am very confused with this mesh situation also my father died after a hernia surgery way before ,i was only 4years old it was from a bad infection, i am now 74 years old please advise i am ready to say i will take my changes without second surgery no one has mention all these mesh issues

    • Jane Akre October 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Lucy- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation. He is mesh injured by hernia mesh. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net 954-701-5094. He may be able to help direct you to regain your health. Thank you for writing. Please stay in touch! ~ja

  57. fantasia October 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    I was injured about 18 months ago. I have had severe left Iliac crest pain, lower hip pain, lower back pain, buttock pain, pain into my mid thigh and left quadrant pain that goes into the meaty flesh above the pubic bone. I was also having some LBL, that I had no idea could be related to my injury. Every single physician I had seen I told them that when I was injured I had he weird sensations like I was perforated, like my bowel or bladder was perforated; which should have been a big clue to all the physicians. I began to have recurring UTI’s and a severe bladder infection that I had to treat myself due to a 3 1/2 week wait to get into any doctor. X-rays showed nothing. Months later MRI’s showed nothing, after that painful imaging with dye showed nothing but a little bursitis. I know my body and know something was wrong. I went to a hip surgeon who claimed my pain was from my spine, I went to a spinal surgeon who said it wasn’t my spine, that it was my hip causing my pain. So I went back to the hip surgeon who said there was no surgery he could perform. I wasn’t asking for surgery I wanted someone to make a diagnosis. So I went back to my spinal surgeon who said there was nothing he could cut on. So I was finally referred to someone to due a nerve conductivity test, he was unable to get a response from my inner left leg, so he decided to stop mid test to spare me more pain from the test and referred to place who had different nerve conductivity equipment, these tests are not without pain. The second test was negative. My Chiropractor referred me to a spine specialist who said he was disgusted with the opinions of the first two specialists because he stated it was both my hip and spine. I started doing my own research and found I had many symptoms of Labral Tears and asked to be tested. It took over 3 weeks working with the front office staff to set up my special needs, surgical IV therapy due to past failures of inserting IV, being put out due to involuntary body spasms etc… When I got there I asked the nurse for the surgical IV therapy and she said she was there to do my IV. I told her about past problems and she ignored me and proceeded to blow three veins attempting to start an IV. I then asked her, the MRI tech and other staff to confirm that I would be put out, and then the Doctor came in and said he didn’t know what I was talking about because he hadn’t heard anything. I wanted to yank out the IV, put my clothes back on and walk out! When I told him about the 11 calls back and forth over the past several weeks, he claimed to know nothing. I told him before scheduling I made sure everything was set up. He asked who I spoke to and he said she’s just the receptionist, I said that wasn’t my problem she is the one who said she went from tech to tech to confirm my needs would be met. It was a horrific procedure and there were not enough pain meds and they had the nerve to complain about me moving when I had no control of the spasms that made my body jerk. Just rude unprofessional people, I will never go back to that hospital. A few weeks ago I referred myself to an orthopedic surgeon for another injury to my knee. At this visit he wanted to focus on my hip and shoulder (I had frontal sternoclavicular joint instability) and that he would address my knee at another visit. It seemed that instead of giving me his opinion, he just went by the test results and wanted to inject my bursa with cortisone. I told him that I had a very high tolerance to lidocaine and then my primary care and several surgeons know this and asked him to contact them if need be. He ignored me and only used 1% lidocaine and the pain from this procedure was horrific. He seems oblivious to my lower quadrant/pelvic and groin pain and swelling from my pubic bone to my hip. He had me lay face down and started raising my leg which caused a terrible tearing sensation and I felt like I was perforated again. A few days later I tried to lift a bag from a standing position and as I turned to the right there was a horrific tearing pain again, more than what I felt after the initial injury. I began to have extreme nausea where I have to carry around a barf bag just in case, along with pain moving up towards my belly button. Then the stomach gurgling and pain with my left lower intestines when bodily waste would get near those nerves I would double over in pain. I stopped eating so stop that pain and have lost 10 pounds. My primary care wanted me to go to the pain clinic, to see if I qualified for a pain pump. I said no, not until there is a diagnosis and from my research those pumps or implants are dangerous and caused even more complications and worse yet I saw on TV that they are not even FDA approved. I wasn’t going to let anyone mess with my spine and I have issues with my body rejecting foreign materials from previous surgeries (not mesh). Then my primary care wanted to me to go see a Psychologist who helped manage pain. I refused until there was a diagnosis. I started doing more research and made another appointment with my PC and asked to be checked for a hernia. I didn’t even know women could get them, I only heard men speak of them. Two days later at my follow up, my PC walked in and said I am going to award you an Honorary Doctorate Degree, you have a hernia! Who knew that an inguinal hernia could cause all this referred pain? Now, I have done a lot of research on Inguinal Hernia surgeries and am scared S_i_t less. I have only had one successful, complication free surgery out of all my prior surgeries for other issues and all this mesh crap scares me. I can’t have staples, pins screws etc inserted without complications and infections, now I read about all the complications of hernia mesh. Through my research I hear that women should only go to a surgeon who specializes in female hernias since they are different than hernias in men. But in Oregon you can’t search by surgery, you can only search by category which leads you to a General Surgeon. I want a specialist in female hernia’s not someone who is just a general butcher. That is what my Mother had with her Double Mastectomy, he said “have you considered reconstruction surgery”, and then in that very sentence said “At your age you don’t need them”. WTF! I wanted to turn to him and say you are in your late 40’s you don’t need your penis anymore. I am so scared, but something needs to be done and I don’t want mesh and can’t have staples, wire or etc. I called the Pacific Northwest Hernia Center up north thinking OK that is all they do, they must have a specialist in female hernia’s and I was put off by the receptionist when I said I wanted to see a physician who specialized in female hernia’s and her response was all our doctors can do hernia surgery. I said so can any general surgeon, but I want someone who specializes in female hernias and can’t have mesh, wire, staples etc. So where does that leave me. I rather die, than to have another surgery go bad and have even more pain because a Dr didn’t listen to my concerns or prior surgical difficulties. I have no quality of life (I am not suicidal but if God picked my number I wouldn’t put up a fight), this is just surviving, this is not living.

    Any suggestions from Oregon?

  58. Carol reed October 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I have read all of these sad and horrible medical problems that these people have written and the only consultation is that I am not alone. Almost all of the medical roadblocks either with the outcome of the surgeries I have experienced myself. As far as doctors go no they or the hospitals are not going to help you. What most people forget is that hospitals are corporations first and hospitals second. It is a shame and yes I am also on that merry go round to, go back and see your doctor. They will stick up for their feiiow peers first before they will you. Sad. I decided to go through all my medical records from doctors who have seen me in the seattle area and they stick together like glue more mesh repair, colostomy or illiostomy. I am going to try some of the foundations or doctors that have been mentioned. There should be litigations against the companies but big corp stands in the way and will fight this. Proceed is the mesh used in me and my doctor never told me he was going to use it. What ever happened to the right to information act and patient rights act. Guess they mean nothing. Guess a large legal firm that feels some compassion for people like us could step forward but won’t hold my breath. Proceed is made in France but its affiliate is with the Bayer company. It’s all about big bucks. My life is a living hell. Nerve damage in legs, groin, and into left foot. Give myself enemas everyday because of pelvic pressure and loss of nerve sensation. We may not know each other personally but we are all in the same situations. Can only hope some help from a legal firm or a knowledgeable doctor surgeon will step forward. Can only hope

    • Jane Akre October 25, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Carol- I’m so sorry to hear about your complications. It sounds as though you do not have reliable medical help- that is first and foremost… many people can improve their health. Bruce Rosenberg may advise you brosenberg1@bellsouth.net 954-701-5094. He is mesh injured himself and consults with patients. He knows the best docs and has enough information to help direct you. Please contact him. I’m so sorry that it seems every doctor and his brother knows how to put mesh in, but when it comes to dealing with complications, they tend to scatter…. no one wants to deal with complications!! Few know how to deal with complications!!! Does it make sense to put in a medical device that we know has some percentage of complications- perhaps as high as 30 percent – and no one knows how to deal with it!? Not to me. Please become your own best advocate, gather your medical papers, know what insurance you have and contact Bruce… he can help. Thank you and please stay in touch,,, you are not alone there! ~ Jane a.

    • Sandy May 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Carol, I am in the Seattle area like you. I am 1 week back from Dr Peterson, Las Vegas NV, no mesh hernia repair for bilateral inguinal hernias and 2 Spigelian hernias. Before I scheduled my hernia no mesh hernia repairs, I spoke with a fine, smart and charming general surgeon at a well respected medical center and I said I had researched the “no recourse or safe way back” from mesh usage and did not want mesh and was assured mesh was wonderful and prevented a “reoccurence” of a hernia and insurance would pay for it. All the doctors use mesh I was told! I said I didn’t want to take the chance with mesh; so he verbally told me he would use mesh on my abdominal hernias and I would be home the same day and up and about (I am caregiver to my disabled.family member and cannot be stuck in bed for a long period of time, etc.). He even described in his surgical referral form that he would put mesh in my abdominal hernias. I said I didn’t want mesh and the doctor was not willing or able to use no mesh or refer me to a doctor experienced and skilled in no mesh surgery.

      So, I am now off pain meds, can walk until I am tired, supervise my son’s day, and enjoy the spring, thanks to the honesty and openness of you all on this website, Bruce Rosenburg…I recommend calling him…and Dr. Peterson’s skill, compassion and medical ethics…and his understanding and knowledgeable staff and Valley View Surgery Center and their knowledgeable medical staff.

      I am saddened that the medical device corporations have knowingly (read the interdepartment memos and emails from the lawsuit recently settled against the corporation) worked hard to keep the doctors and medical centers from speaking up honestly about the reality of mesh horror…more saddened..and horrified…that the doctors and medical centers went along with the minimizing, denying and discounting of their patients reality.

      That being said, how do we all become activists against the current medical practice going on?

      • Jane Akre May 4, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply


        Thank you. Would you mind sharing the links you refer to or tell us where the memos are? We want to read them..~ ja

        • Sandy May 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm - Reply

          Just checked the links and they don’t work although I Ican get to them from my pc…anyone, how do I make a link which works?

      • Jessica Giardino December 1, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply


        I am helping a friend of mine receive donations toward her mesh removal surgery with Dr. Petersen in Las Vegas- the same one you had. How are you with pain now? I am glad you went to him. No surgeon wants to remove her mesh except Dr. Petersen.

        Please feel free to email me at jessgiardino@gmail.com or cindylvan@hotmail.com with any encouragement you can offer. She is in so much pain she can barely function day to day.

        Thank you.

  59. Pat October 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    If I would have know what I know now I would never had a umbilical hernia repair 4 years ago. And have been to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale trying to figure out what is wrong with me. In the last 4 years, I have had ever test done known for gastro problems and everything checks out ok. Now they want to do start a pain management injection, and they don’t know what is causing the pain. I started researching what could be the source and I am beginning to think my umbilical hernia repair is the source. When I mentioned I had a hernia repair a year before all this started they blew it off. This must be a touchy subject. And what really sucks…is my umbilical hernia wasn’t that bad. So now what?

    • Jane Akre October 30, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Please reach out to brosenberg1@bellsouth.net He is a hernia mesh injured guy who can help direct you. He is not a doctor or lawyer, just a great researcher! 954-701-5094.

  60. james richardson December 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    We need help , my wife had 5 hernia repairs using mesh and now is in constant pain and runs a fever constantly, recently she was hospitalized because of bleeding and infection and from constant fevers, they kept her for 5 days and ran test , put her on antibiotics and steriods and discharged her. She is still in constant pain, can anyone help us with phone numbers we can call to get assistance, my number is 931-698-9596, thanks

    • Lauren February 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Hi James,

      Do you know whether the 5 meshes that your wife has had implanted were all Synthetic?

      I sell Hernia Care products outside of the US, I can’t help with referring you to anybody; but I can certainly make unbias product/material recommendations.

      Happy to help.


      • Jane Akre February 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

        Lauren- aren’t most hernia meshes synthetic… because they are less costly than biologic or composite? You can write me if you want… thank you.. janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com PS- Can I add your name to my newsletter list?

  61. Herbert Cornwall December 14, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply

    I have a mesh put in 2008 or 2009 . I started having pains a year or so later in my stomach .it was a naval repair and I went through pains for years I went to my reg Dr . All the telling him about my stomach problems and I was told it was my nerves and I had Ibs witch made since from the pains and the runs all the time …so I took meds and more meds had scopes done in my stomach etc.. this went on until last year my mess deteriorated in my stomach little did I know but went in because I had a hernia again in sane place. Yep got a new one put in July of 2012 and my stomach stop hurtingand the runs quite. I wish I would of known this years before. So it’s been over a year again now my back is hurting all the time and legs tingle and around body off and on. Muscles seem to ache legs and arms, numbness , plus now I’m having pains sometimes around stomach but nothing like before as far as stomach . But now my back ,legs and feeling weird . Has anyone else had any of this this stuff going on. Ichad a Kat scan done plus heart test and blood work .. please help what test should I get done?

    • Jane Akre December 16, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Herbert- I think a great resource for you is Bruce Rosenberg at 954-701-5094 brosenberg1@bellsouth.net He is mesh injured and has made it his business to know about medical procedures. He will be very helpful. You need to gather all of your medical records.. thank you. Please stay in touch with your next step. ~j. akre

  62. Robert Larsen December 26, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I have been suffering pain over a number of years now from ruptured mesh operation, last set of x-rays revealed bits and pcs. of mesh particles scattered around and throughout my abdominal wall . I am from Canada and the operation was performed at the Shuldice Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Can someone advise me where I can follow up with possible legal action, please provide contacts in the Toronto area where I can get help !

    • Sunnygal April 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      The clinic in Ontario does only non mesh surgery for hernias. They never remove mesh. Shouldice repair.

  63. Pmann December 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Any advice would be appreciated!! I am a 45 yr old male. I had a para esophageal hernia surgery at age 27. That failed 4 months later and then had another surgery to fix it which they did by using mesh to take the place of my diaphragm. This lasted 10 yrs which is when it popped again and another surgery. Fast forward to 2013. I had acid reflux again and knew something was wrong. I went in for a 3-4 hr surgery but it ended up being 14 hrs.

    Question: The surgeon found out that a portion of mesh peeled off and migrated up to my esophagus strangling it. He was only able to remove some of it. He also found a small ball of mesh in my small intestines. My question is does anyone think this could be a lawsuit bc the mesh went to places that it was not intended to be and caused havoc? Any feedback would be appreciated.


    • Jane Akre December 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply


      I would send you to the Meshoma Foundation and Bruce Rosenberg who has a vast knowledge of mesh and mesh injuries. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net He is hernia mesh injured as well. Best in the new year!

  64. Milica January 16, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Anyone knows good hernia repair surgeons in Grand Rapids, Michigan area???

  65. ursula elsakka February 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hi..I am a 49 year old female…and had my first laporascopic gall bladder removal in the early 90’s…Followed by a ventrical hernia soon after, which the same surgeon implanted the first mesh. One surgeon told me I was the first patient they performed the lap gall bladder removal surgery on….the other surgeon said no! In any event, these surgeons informed me after the fact. . Soon after….I had another hernia…which the same surgeon REFUSED TO REPAIR AGAIN. I had a total of 4-5 hernia repairs….AND….4-5 bowel obstructions. I had 3 mesh put in me…unfortunately I do NOT know which kind of mesh was placed inside. One mesh had to be removed…during a bowel obstruction, cause my intestines wrapped around my appendix…but that surgeon said he had to remove a mesh which he found in my BEHIND …BECAUSE HE SAID IT HAD MOVED! I AM VERY SICK AT THIS POINT. I have every ailment in the book…and have been nauseous 24/7 SINCE THE VERY FIRST HERNIA REPAIR. I have been living off REGLAN for nauseau…and probiotics. I am in pain all the time. I had to leave my city job in 2000….due to all these complications. I am now being told….I need to have these meshes removed. I contracted MRSA AS WELL SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE. I have been on heavy duty antibiotics….on and off for years. Over the last year, the surgeons told me ….they cannot give me any more antibiotics…cause now they feel the antibiotics do more harm than good. On Friday, Feb. 7th. 2014….I spent nearly 150. dollars, and all day taking buses, and car service, from New Jersey to New York’s Columbian Presbyterian Hospital on York Avenue….to see specialists in this field. I am now scheduled for ANOTHER SURGERY 7 YRS LATER….TO HAVE THE MESHES REMOVED. I am deathly afraid of the results….In addition to the fact that they cannot put new mesh inside….cause now they say….that is NOT the way to go….soooo we’re back to square one….where I am possibly going to deal with hernias and bowel obstructions again. After this surgery heals…the surgeon said….I will need ABDOMINAL WALL RECONSTRUCTION. I AM A SINGLE PARENT WITH A 15 YR OLD CHILD…THAT HAS NO ONE TO LOOK AFTER HIM OTHER THAN MY VERY ILL SISTER :(…..I AM IN LIMBO….as we all know….If any suggestions, or advice….plz contact me…at ursiegirl2007@aol.com……………..Thanks…..This is my story

    • Jane Akre February 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Ursula- Please reach out to Bruce Rosenberg immediately… too many doctors are involved in your case in my opinion and ultimately no one has to take responsibility. You need your medical records… Bruce is very helpful…954-701-5094… he is hernia mesh injured and is well versed in the doctors around who might be best able to help… and he knows what questions to ask. Please reach out to him right away and thank you!~ ja

      • ursula elsakka February 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        Jane Akre: Thank you kindly for the information. I will call him asap.

  66. Sharon McBride March 4, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Jane, I had no idea this type of help existed. At time of my vag. Mesh removal, also had one my inguinal hernia meshes removed. I say meshes because the surgeon used a hernia a plug pus an additional piece of mesh to wrap the inguinal canal. (for additional support)The pain never let up since the surgery, unable to bend excruciating. At the time of my consult for my vag. Mesh removal, I begged the explanting surgeon to remove the hernia mesh and repair the hernia. I only learned of the additional mesh used to wrap the inguinal canal after explant. The mass of mesh removed was like a hardened piece of plastic. The hernia has since recurred, worse than before. Fear and scheduled reconstructive surgery for end of April are preventing me from yet another repair.

    Any suggestions for me Jane?

    Thank you, and best

    • Jane Akre March 4, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Sharon- I’d refer you to Bruce Rosenberg on that ongoing hernia situation. he is not a doc but is hernia-mesh injured and a great researcher. Sounds as if your tissue is weak and docs may suggest more mesh… you may want to explore sutures only but I’m not a doc and do not give advice. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net sometimes hard to get a hold of. 954-701-5094. Anyone who knows how to write grants,, Bruce could use one for the good work he is doing!!! Thank you.

  67. Phoebe March 11, 2014 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I am going through a similar thing. My doctor went in laparoscopically and before going in, he never bothered to see if it had worsened or anything. Like going in blind to anything else that may have occurred in the months since I had my first ultrasound. He performed the surgery and never even spoke to me about how serious my surgery turned out to be. I have one mesh near my belly button, and one near my pelvic area. And finally one BIG mesh over all that, which covers a majority of my stomach now. The lower part of the mesh has rolled up into my muscles and is extremely painful. How can I go about having this repaired? My surgeon was less than accommodating and did not seem to care much about taking the time to educate me on my surgery. More or less patched me and sent me away. Needless to say that was the worst moment of my life. Walking away from the hospital hours after the surgery was almost impossible. But again no one told me it was so severe. I had had a hernia repaired before and thought this was no different. I was so wrong, it was and has been an absolute nightmare. After a few months I realized something was wrong, and only then did my doctor tell me that I was supposed take it EXTREMELY easy for 8-12 months!!!!! What!!!!! Why tell me months later!?!!!! That could’ve saved me a ton of grief. I am a mother of three and this is my worst nightmare. I can’t be a mom. I can’t even live normally now because of this. Any advice? What do I do?!? Where do I go from here? Please help.

    • Jane Akre March 11, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Phoebe- That sounds ridiculous… brosenberg1@bellsouth.net is a mesh-injured man and president of the Meshoma Foundtion…. he is very knowledgeable about hernia mesh injuries and is connected to the top docs around. Please contact him 954-701-5094… You should not suffer so…~ ja

  68. Ellen Carr March 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    On 3/24/14, I’m having mesh removed from a hernia operation in 2002. The hernia has returned. The main reason for the mesh removal is I have an ulcer on my stomach for the last seven years that will not heal. I had MERSA around 7 years ago. I’ve been passed around from wound doctor to wound doctor and nothing has worked. I’ve been on antibiotics so many times for infections of the ulcer. The last wound doctor sent me to a surgeon because he thinks the mesh is the reason the ulcer will not heal. The surgeon is going to remove the mesh. He says there might be problems if any of my organs are stuck to the mesh. The surgeon can’t tell me if the hernia will be repaired. It depends on how the mesh removal goes. I don’t know what type of mesh was used. I’m going to find out. I’m getting nervous about this operation. I remember when I had the hernia repaired the 1st time the pain was horrible. I’m almost 66. I was 53 and in much better health at the time of the 1st operation. I’ve been reading about the horrors of mesh. I sure hope I made the right decision to have the mesh removed. After 7 years of having an open ulcer I can’t take the infections anymore. Plus the expense of buying medical tape and special bandages is costly. I feel “I’m between a rock and a hard place.”

    • Jane Akre March 20, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Ellen- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg brosenberg1@bellsouth.net 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured and might direct you to a preferred removal surgeon. See his Patient Profile. Likely when it is removed they could put more mesh back in which may not be a good choice for you… please contact him. Thank you!

  69. Barbara Dykes March 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Jane you are truly an angel. It would be so difficult for us to stay informed about the things going on in this “Mesh Mess”.I had Prolift done in 2008, here it is 6 YEARS Later and tho it has been removed, it has left me with frequent UTIs, off and on cramping.Not to mention the loss of relations with my beloved hubby.Now my youngest son had hernia mesh due to a lifetime of baseball. So far, no symtoms for him except a “tightness” when he is over active. He coaches my grandsons team and would not show pain regardless..I read that “spoliation and sanctions are being “reconsidered” in an order written yesterday. As a former career Hospice RN whose job was to seek comfort for my patients, I just cant fathom J&J’s disregard for safety. When I came upon the site “JohnsontoxinJohnson, it brought me to tears. It really IS all about the money.reading this site keeps me from feeling so isolated. I have become a recluse and have thought my family would be better off without me.Anyway, just wanted to thank you again for your hard work. You are one of a kind.

  70. Charlie March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I had a umbilical hernia repaired with mesh in 2011 I have been in pain ever since went to ER they say I have another umbilical hernia. I took the ct scan and report back to the surgeon he contacted hospital to get copy of the report of my first surgery he told me they can’t find it. He then suggested he do a exploratory surgery I at this time refuse so he sent me to pain management which does no good I have my first surgery report doesn’t say what type of mesh. It’s 2014 and I still have a lot of pain above my belly button which radiates towards my back my insides feel raw the morning are really bad and when I have bowel movements it feels like something is pulling inside. What can I do ?

  71. Genie J. April 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Quick question. I had am upper belly button hernia repaired in 2003. With a mesh. My stomach now sticks out in that area and is like a hard ball above my navel. What could that mean?

    • Jane Akre April 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Sounds like a meshoma but I am not a doctor. Bruce Rosenberg is very knowledgeable and hernia mesh injured. He has the Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094. Please give him a call, be patient, he’s sometimes hard to reach…

  72. Pmann April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Help… My story is that I had Gore text mesh used to fix a hiatal hernia. Over the next few years we found out that some of mesh tore off and migrated up to wrap around my esophagus strangling me. I had a surgery to repair this and my surgeon also found a ball of mesh in my small intestines. Is this sound like normal and to be expected or grounds for a law suit? If any has info I would appreciate it.

  73. Jackie April 25, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I had a ventral hernia repairvwith Parietex mesh, four years ago. It is still uncomfortable and painful..especially with bowel movements. I have been assured, by the surgeon, that nothing is wrong.

    It hurts to exercise. Go to the bathroom and I continue to run a temp if 99.3-99.7, for the past year! And my abdomen is tener in routine exam. Just doesn’t seem normal to me!

    Waiting on CT Scan now and then I have been instructed to see a pain management doctor.

    Just not sure about any of this!


  74. Twanda Taylor May 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I had a hysterectomy in June of 2012 in the process they had to remove a large hernia so the doctor could get to what he had to take out.Well they had to use surgical mesh to hold my stomach together I didn’t even know they had put it in until about 3 weeks later. I was released from the hospital 2weeks after surgery because I caught phenomonia I was in an extreme amount of pain so I went back to the E R. they did x-rays and saw that I had clamps and mesh .The mesh had formed something called a aeronautical which is a large pocket of fluid .I have to have it drained every 2 to 3 months since then .I went to see the surgeon today and he’s threaten me saying that he won’t drain it nomore after this time forcing me to have another surgery to have it removed.Yet I explained to him that the other doctor that did my hysterectomy said that if some one had to go back in that it would kill me.That I would have to find another doctor when he know darn well another doctor is not gonna touch this mess he has made.I don’t know what to do. And on top of that every time I ask questions he has no answers just don’t know jack.

  75. Twanda Taylor May 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    If anybody has any solutions I’m open to all I don’t know what else to do. My email address is twandataylor@att.net please feel free to contact me.

  76. Kyle June 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I had a hernia surgery almost three years ago. Located on my right side, lower intestines. I had a 6×6 piece of mesh to repair the wall. The doctor told me that if the pain near the mesh didn’t go away within the next 6 to 12 months to see a doctor for a check up. The pain went away within the first few months, but after a year I’ve had this sharp pain come and go when I’m either resting which would come and go with a light needle like pain or when I take a deep breath in and at it’s peak right before I exhale, there’s a very sharp pain under my lungs.

    I’ve also noticed that after the surgery when the stitches were gone I would look at my stomach and it seemed like the side that had no mesh, looks pushed out(swollen), like the mesh has pushed everything over as if there isn’t enough room. My lower stomach is always tense and most of the light needle like pain is internal and on the side that has no mesh.

    I don’t know what kind or name of surgery it was. I’m sure I can find out, but with no insurance it’s hard to do anything about it, or even to get answers.

    I’m just a little concerned and curious if I should be worried about any of this.

    Oh. I have heart burn, acid reflux, occasionally vomiting fluids, hot/cold sweats and I never have an appetite.

    • Jane Akre June 9, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Kyle- Please give Bruce Rosenberg a call.. The Meshoma Foundation does a lot of research on hernia issues… he would be very helpful to you I believe… thank you.~ ja

  77. dolores alarcon June 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I had a hirnia repair in 2000 and i been having lot’s

    of pain but can get any one to help me.They tell me that it has to be a virginal in plant please if any one can help me so they can take it out let me know thank you

    • Jane Akre June 12, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

      Hi Dolores- You will need to gather your medical papers… Call Bruce Rosenberg who is hernia mesh injured for some education on your options… 954-701-5094.

  78. alison lennox June 23, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    hi i had a hernia opp in 2010 i am now left with part of my bowel and stomach hanging out which is now a stoma and i have to wear wound bags as the toilet comes out an into it i have been told that this cant be fixed because it would cause worse problems than i already have as i still have mesh in my stomach i am still in a lot of pain i went to a lawyer to see if i could take out a law suit and the layer has came back and told me that he had writen to a top consultant and he has told the lawyer that in his opinion there is no neglegence involved can you give me your opinion on this case thank you very much mrs alison lennox

    • Jane Akre June 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Please contact Bruce Rosenberg at 954-701-5094… He is hernia mesh injured and does research. He is not affiliated with any doctor or lawyer but is a wealth of information…….let us know how you do. You will need your medical records including nurses notes and surgical notes… stay well- ja

  79. D Hilton June 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Hello Everyone!

    I’m glad to have found this source of information. My case is very complicated & it only started to really dawn on me yesterday that the mesh used to repair my incisional umbilical hernia back in 2004 …could be the MAIN source of my lower back pain & partly why I am now I chronic pain patient.

    I do have other health issues which cause pain in my abdomen — I have Polycystic Liver Disease & at last check, which was about 4yrs ago — I had over 30 liver cysts. These are in a range of sizes, and locations on the lobes. I don’t have any ideal what the total volume is. I have already had 2 failed surgical drainings on 2 grapefruit sized cysts – which I ended up having unroofed. This is where I had the incision from. The liver condition is hereditary on my Father’s side.

    I also have quite a few problems with my spine. Arthritis, bone spurs in both of my shoulders, Spinal Spondylosis, Spinal Stenosis, Slipped Disc S1 S2, Herniated Discs L4 L5 S1 S2 also in the Cervical, Sciatic pain that runs down the right leg from the back of the buttock. I also have sciatic pain that has been progressing in my arms ..alternating down both arms, causing numbness down to the fingertips at times. Sometimes I have quick involuntary hand motions. Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease.

    At my most recent Lumbar CT this year, the Radiologist made an emergency phone call to me early the next morning after my scan — advising me that it appeared that I had a ruptured appendix. Well, I did have a couple of days of very bad lower abdominal pain …but it had subsided. I have pain in my back, my sides & my abdomen area all day long–what’s new? I had also been running a fever. I haven’t gone by to pick up my copy of the report & DVD to keep for my records, but definitely plan on doing so in the next day or two!

    I guess what made me start thinking it could be the mesh, is because I can’t lean over at the kitchen sink and wash dishes for 5 minutes without being in totally pain. And when I reach down, that’s right where the bend is. Same goes for cooking a meal for my kids @cooktop. Then I have to go prop myself up on the couch with this whole pillow system I’ve devised. And I’m a Pain Patient (very under medicated — our “system” has been ruined by abusers & drug users and now normal patients that need help have a hard time getting the pain meds they so desperately need to improve their quality of life!) just imagine if I wasn’t on medication at all? But the quality of my life has continued to go downhill.

    On a previous Doctor visit, I asked the Doctor (actually the PA — I only get to see my Doctor if I make special arrangements, but yet it costs the same! And I’m cash pay?) to write me out an RX for an electric adjustable bed for my Tax Records. It has probably been a good 8yrs that I have been sleeping on the couch 🙁 But now …I’m sad & embarrassed to say, in the last 4yrs a good portion of my day is spent on that couch. And if I do the slightest thing to put me in pain, it’s back on the couch.

    I’m calling the surgeon who did my hernia repair today to request a copy of my records, and find out off hand what kind of mesh was used. I am also starting the process of getting insurance. Because of my pre-existing conditions, I did have to wait until 2014. My ex-husband actually dumped me off our policy while we were still married, before we had even gone to mediation …to save himself some $$ I don’t even know if that is legal to do?

    I saw recalls on Kugel Composix & Ethicon. Are there other names on recalls of incisional mesh?

    On that CT scan — is that the best way to diagnose if mesh is still intact, or if it has adhered itself to other organs?

    Is there a limit on a lawsuit? It hardly seems fair …considering the patient has limited medical knowledge in most cases, and in some cases ..such as mine, they have other medical conditions that might have masked some of symptoms.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thx


    • Jane Akre June 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Hi D- Please contact Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation. He is very knowledgeable about hernia mesh complications since he suffers from
      them himself. 954-701-5094.. brosenberg1@bellsouth.net I hope that helps, I know it will….

  80. T Hill June 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    My heart breaks for all of you. Sadly I know the pain of hernia mesh repair. Unfortunately there are no medical answers for me. I am inoperable. In 1988 following a MVA that nearly took my life I was diagnosed with a Lumbar Hernia, the rarest type in the world. There have been only 300 known lumbar hernias in the world. A large mesh was implanted horizontally from mid- abdomen to several inches from my spine, vertically from my ribs to my lower hip. I had pain from the beginning that has increased over the years. Four years ago after tugging on a object the pain became so extreme I couldn’t tolerate it. It was determined by several high profile surgeons that the mesh has failed, crumbled, folded, ripped and torn and surrounded by adhesions. It’s become “part” of me with it’s own nerve and blood supply. I am inoperable. The only certainty is that I will one day, sooner rather than later, succumb to a bowel obstruction, which will also be inoperable and I will die. I hope each and everyone of you will have a better outcome that I face. You are your own best advocate. If possible take action. Don’t give up. Bless you all.

  81. Rick whitehurst July 5, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Has anyone else had a bladder perforation or bladder damage from this mesh? I was doing some heavy lifting one day and the next i was peeing blood. i can feel some discomfort where the mesh was placed in 2006. Docs are doing cts and bladder checks now. i inquired about the possibility of mesh problem and they got real quiet

    Thanks. Any info appreciated.

    • Jane Akre July 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Rick- You may already be in contact with Bruce Rosenberg of The Meshoma Foundation 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured and in touch with the lading medical professionals in the area. Very knowledgeable….

      • Rick July 8, 2014 at 1:57 am - Reply

        Thanks jane, i sent him an email.

  82. Mechelle Haq July 9, 2014 at 3:57 am - Reply

    With all I am reading I am now afraid to have this surgery…I have to have a ventral hernia surgery and I have been studing up on it since I was so messed up with the G. bladder surgery. I hurt every day and my stomach burns all the time.. After all the stories I am reading what can they use that is not going to hurt me…?

    • Jane Akre July 9, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Mechelle… you may want to check with a non mesh hernia repair…. That is done by Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas and the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto among other places. Bruce Rosenberg is a hernia mesh injured man who does the research.. please check with him before you go further. 954-701-5094.. Please be patient in reaching him… it takes a few trys. Petersen is here…

  83. Teresa MCCutcheon August 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I had a very large ventral hernia removed in October 2013. In December, 2013, I had a drain placed related to abcesses. In January, 2014, I developed MRSA. I had surgery and my surgical site was left opened to heal from inside out. I was on Vancomycin IV for 8 weeks. Since May 2014, I have developed a very strong burning sensation. I have had my wound cultured 3 times since May and all have come back positive for endobacteral species with heavy growth. I have also developed a chronic fever since then. Surgery has been scheduled for August 19 to remove mesh. I am very tender and warm to touch at the site. Hope I am doing the right thing. Have had colon resection twice related to cancer. My Dr says I have nothing left in abdomen and good possibility my bowels have already attached to mesh. I may end up with colostomy. Praying this does not happen. I am very stressed out over this upcoming surgery.

    • Jane Akre August 2, 2014 at 1:11 am - Reply

      Teresa– Please contact my colleague Bruce Rosenberg, a hernia mesh injured guy who has done more research on hernia mesh injuries than anyone I know… He understands symptoms, and knows the best people to address them without mesh… He is not selling anything. He has the Meshoma Foundation. 954-701 -5094. Takes a few trys to reach him sometimes but it is worth it. Please contact him… he is a wealth of information! ~ ja

  84. sylvia August 8, 2014 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I had a hernia operation in 2008 where they used a BARD prefix Plug LOT: LOTHURJ0030.

    I have had no problems at all but am worried that something might show up soon as the mesh maybe shrinks.

    Does anyone know if this particular mesh was recalled or known to give problems?

    • Jane Akre August 8, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Sylvia- Bruce Rosenberg, is hernia mesh injured and very knowledegable…. 954-701-5094…. he can direct you.

      • sylvia August 8, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

        Actually, I am having one problem which until now I did not relate to the mesh – diarrhea. Can that be caused by the mesh?

  85. Rick R August 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I am a single 57 year old male, about 12 years ago i noticed my stomach was getting noticeably larger and larger, then years passed and my belly was an odd shaped. I went to my Doctor for two years, he wouldn’t even touch or look at my stomach, he insisted I was getting fat, and suggested stomach stapling or whatever they call it. Slowly it became more of an issue as the years went by. . Finally I pleaded with him to get me a scan, which he did, then he never mentioned what the results were. Two years later he said the scan showed I had a hernia, (i was blown away, (this is the first I had heard).

    Now the surgeons and doctors say, “You’re high risk, your blood pressure is high and remains high. You are obese, you have sleep apnea, your odds are not good surviving a surgery” . My stomach is now bigger than a basket ball and hanging down to almost my knees. My life is over, I cannot walk far or properly….I have missed so much, my daughters wedding, my Mom’s funeral , graduation… I just stay inside.. I have no idea what to do. I was adopted, so I haven’t any family per say. The Doctors have my on 30 pills per day, that’s my only medical help, I take pills and more pills. I am really feeling depressed and at wits end. I was always active and a handsome man, now… not so much.

    • Jane Akre August 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Rick we are not willing to give up on you. Call Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 hernia mesh injured but very good at intake and accessing your situation. Give him a few calls because he gets very busy with all the hernia mesh injured. There are non mesh repairs of course…..

  86. Dan August 15, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I had a surgery operation in the early 1990’s and again just less than 3 years ago. I had a wide mesh put in during the last surgery and although recovery was longer than expected (about 3-4 weeks). the Doctor said this will resolve the issue and I will not need to worry about another hernia for decades. Everything seemed fine…until last week. I woke up with the all-too familiar pain and recognizable bulge from my abdomen. This time it looked a couple of inches higher and wider. This was after no stress to my muscles at all. So here are my questions:

    1. How do I know what kind of mesh was used in my last surgery?

    2. How do I know if it was a mesh failure?

    3. Does it matter if I go back to the same doctor in regards to the mesh? (He is highly regarded, recommended, and head of the department…which is why I went to him to begin with)

    4. What should I do prior to the next surgery?

    • Jane Akre August 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Dan- You are right to question and not just be a compliant patient… You own your medical records so do not hesitate to collect them… everything operative notes, nurses notes, what is sent to insurance… they all belong to you! Second- contact Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 to get a phone assessment of what’s happening. He is hernia mesh injured and the most knowledgable person I know on the subject. ~ ja

      • Dan August 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        How do I go about gaining access to such details?

  87. Barbara August 21, 2014 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Good morning, My husband had a hernia repair surgery on Monday morning 2/18/14. He came home the same afternoon. He has been in some pain and is moving real slow. His bowels have not moved now for 4 days. What can we do to get them to move?

    Any help is appricated.

    Thank you,

  88. Melinda September 9, 2014 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Had hernia in right groin doctor told me simple two hour surgery outpatient didn’t wake up until the next day the pain is still so unbearable it has taken over my life and it’s been five years since the mesh was put in it has-the doctor that did my surgery called my family doctor and told him I needed meds for depression and this was because I told the doctor I could never make love to my husband again I’m single now thanks to the bard mesh and not sure what my next move should be can’t work anymore either hurts to drive I feel like my life is over GOD helps us all

  89. Lynn Screws September 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I had mesh put in, in 2012 at MCG in Augusta Ga. I live in pain everyday. I dont have ins. so they will not see me anymore. The doctor I do see just writes pain meds and says that is all I can do for you. I am tired of suffering. Someone needs to pay for what is going on with me. HELP

  90. Laura Brook October 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I had a ventral hernia surgery on 9/25/10 to repair an umbilical hernia and widened diastasis recti muscles. The sutured area soon opened and began to drain. Next it was cut further open to drain. I was soon in the operating room again as the Surgeon stated he needed to debride the wound. I ended up with a large gaping opening in my abdomen and was put on a wound vac. You could clearly see that my own tissue was melting away from the mesh. I ended up with a hole that was large enough to stick a flashlight into that would not close. I went to see my Nurse practitioner who encouraged me to seek a 2nd opinion. I did so, and was told that I had an infection and would need to have the mesh removed and would also have to go thru abdominal wall reconstruction. I had the reconstruction in April of 2011 in which the mesh was removed and Pig Skin which was more biological was used in place. I had severe abdominal pain for the next year as the abdominal muscles are cut and pulled back together. Today 3 1/2 years later, I was told that I have a large hernia in my upper left quadrant that my transverse colon in sticking out from. Does anyone know if you can have any further hernia repairs after having an abdominal reconstruction? I tried an internet search, but the only thing I can find is that abdominal reconstruction is performed to eliminate future hernias. I live in Racine WI if anyone also knows of any good surgeons. Dr. Ryder performed my past surgeries. I am scared to death at the prospect of another botched surgery.

    • Jane Akre October 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Laura- Bruce Rosenberg, The Meshoma Foundation is 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured and very knowledgeable!

  91. Kerry October 16, 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I’ve had four umbilical hernia surgeries, two involving mesh. I had my first surgery at 3 years old and at 21 I am having to go back to a surgeon once again. Personally I would advise against getting a mesh implant seeing how it has failed me twice. Ever since the first mesh, I have had recurring pain in my stomach and constantly worry about whether or not the hernia will come back again. Unfortunately, it has come back so take my advice and make sure you do your research before you let them stick those things in you.

  92. Leah Beasley October 19, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

    My name is Leah. I was wanting to see. About getting any advise I can about getting my mesh removed. I had an inscional hernia mesh put in two years ago. I had chronic pain from day one after surgery and the screws or tacs they out in never dissolved. They were protruding through my skin the doctor finally went back and tried to remove the tacs and said he took out about 42 screws. I still have many sticking through my skin, but the pain I have I know is the mesh. It’s deep down and so bad that I have to stop everything and just bend over in painim so mad that I didn’t do my research first. My doctor says it’s my fault because I’m under weight. I try but can’t gain more weight Not sure what to do. If I can’t make him take it out, will other doctors try to remove it??

    • Jane Akre October 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Leah- you might want to check with Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation…. he is very knowledgeable….. 954-701-5094.

    • Cindy Madrid February 2, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

      I am shocked that there were screws left. I will ask around about that. The screws were likely used as “eyelets” where the surgeon laces through like boot laces to cinch the hernia opening closed. I will require this with a large hernia. The muscles have to pulled back together. The complication from this can be more hernias surrounding the original hernia. This is a really rough surgery. Even if everything goes right, there is lots of pain in recovery. The problem is whether the pain goes away or not after 6 to 14 weeks of hellish healing. My doctor friend says it really takes about a year to get used to a large mesh being in your body. This is if all goes well and there are no complications. I believe I am allergic to prolene and I would have serious complications.

  93. Kathy Sabatino November 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I too have suffered from the Ethicon Prolene patch for my hernia repair in 1994. I had no idea they were even putting a patch in me. From the moment I woke up from surgery I new something was wrong. I had complications right away, but they sent me home. I ended up back in the hospital for 9 days with internal bleeding. It still never felt right. For years I had severe stabbing in my left groin, but whenever I complained to my doctor I was told it was hip pain (I had a hip surgery in 1986). It got so bad and I had seen at least 20 different doctors in 1996 I had another hip surgery hoping for relief. It didn’t help at all. I spent another 4 years on pain pills and suffering until finally I had a total hip replacement after being told by the dr that he guaranteed I would be out of pain. It didn’t help at all and I was told everything from the reason my left groin hurt was because I was too thin to being told it was all in my head.

    I was put on Oxycontin for the pain and had to stop working. I saw dozens more doctors, but it took until 2011 until my dr at Kaiser thought I had Leukemia due to my lymph nodes dying off and my groin was so red, swollen and protruding that the surgeons had to do something. I saw 4 specialists and then one of them realized it was a Meshoma. I was told to get my affairs in order and, ” they would do their best to get it out of me and close the area. However, they were not sure they could”. I am one of the lucky ones to have a doctor take this on, but I am annoyed that my life is forever changed and I am still left with health issues due to this mesh.

    Please add me to any class action site or let me know how I can help with this fight.

  94. ruthe florence November 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I am ruthe florence. Granma 1049 @aol.com did not finish my story but in reading others looks like I am in serious trouble..this happened in lee memorial ft Meyers fl. Please publish my story. Phone 239,290,8406. .I have a complete story above this.

    Since had holidays and weekends could not get hold of doctor and hospital never called me back

    I need help. I hope to be able to get to doctor tomorrow. Yes I found out I have mesh and I have reactions to latex.thank you for reading my story.

    • Jane Akre November 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Hello Ruth- I”m sorry for your pain. I would be happy to talk to you soon. i”m traveling a couple of days. My phone is 904-613-2828…You will need your medical records.. all of them including your operative notes. Direct your doctor to Mesh News Desk if he/she is not familiar with the situation….

  95. john l rudenauer January 30, 2015 at 2:41 am - Reply

    i john l rudenauer is praying for all who are sick i as one of you will get the work done for all who are sick amen trust in god

  96. Steve February 1, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    To Leah Beasley: Did you ever resolve your problem? I had emergency surgery last week to remove 2 staples that were placed in nerves causing severe shocks at random. My laparoscopic bilateral hernia repair was 7 weeks ago. The random shocks are gone, but have been replaced with constant stabbing pain. I’m hoping it heals with time as it’s been just over a week. Like you, I know so much more about these surgeries now, and wish I had educated myself before. I’m with Kaiser and was sold the surgery by a young, dishonest surgeon, with the scare line *it could get strangulated*. Fear drove me. My new surgeon is very cautious with this surgery and could only shake his head when he heard my story. The original surgeon denied any of my pain could have resulted from her surgery. All I can do now is monitor my symptoms over time. I’ve heard removal of mesh after laparoscopic surgery is more difficult than incisional. Is this true?

    • Jane Akre February 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Steve, please share the name of the surgeon you like. We need to hear more folks out there “get it”…thank you. ~ ja

      • Steve February 2, 2015 at 12:06 am - Reply

        Jane, he’s an old schooler at Kaiser San Rafael named Kenneth Novich. He is a good, conservative surgeon that stays up on the latest techniques and news. He said he’d heard of staple complications, but never encountered it with a patient. He called 3 surgeons around the Country to consult with before concluding my issues were the staples(though it was obvious to me; I could feel then deep beneath the skin , and nerves would fire when I touched them). Original surgeon, Tabrizi, is one to stay away from. Bad enough I had complications, but she went on defense from the get go. Novich is close to retirement, unfortunately. I appreciated his interest in me and my complication.

    • Cindy Madrid February 2, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Removal is removal regardless. Going in after the fact is going to leave a larger hernia, leave more adhesions and pose the same risks. Then you are left with another hernia to repair. You say you wish you had studied the surgery before going in? I have a large hernia and am researching the mesh now. I have no question that I am allergic to the mesh. I am trying to prove that allergy so I can justify a biologic mesh to insurance. If you are not having allergic reactions then leave your repair alone and wait to see if the pain improves. I am surprised that self dissolving sutures were not used.

      • Steve February 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        Cindy, please read Dr. Tomas’ comment about the difference in mesh removal. Not at all the same process.


        • Cindy Madrid February 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

          Thank you. I did not like the suture tie off with sharp pokes at the end of the wound. I looked up the Vycryl sutures and they are absorbable so presumably, they would not bother the guy over time. We can also presume that the this became a meshless repair so we hope the body will scaffold with healing scar tissue before the sutures dissolve.

          I am concerned about an allergy to the the mesh because I have previously reacted miserably and violently to prolene stitches in my legs. I subjected myself to medical experiment 20 years ago for laser hair removal. Experimentalists apply the treatment to one leg and took 3 core samples 2mm diameter and stitched the tiny wounds with prolene monofilament. I reacted very badly and we concluded that they became infected because of my negligence. A couple of weeks later, we applied the treatment and sampled the other leg. The second round of stitches necrotized my flesh the same day creating 3 miserable holes about 12mm diameter. The stitches rotted out of me. I have called these 6 deep scars my alien abduction marks every since. So, you can see my reticence at embedding prolene in my body and I would need alot of it due to the size of my ripped out incisional defect.

  97. trevor roberts February 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I had abdominal hernia operation on December 15th in Southend on Sea in England ( I’m 66)

    I was in hospital for 16 days (They sent me home on New Years Eve) wit the drain still attached It came out during my 1st night home and I was re-admitted

    They did not put back the drain and on January 8th my stomach opened up and deposited between 3 and 4 litres of liquid onto my kitchen floor (The quantity was the estimate of the emergency service)

    They readmitted me and I was then told that the operation had failed and that my Hernia was now larger than before!

    The Surgeon finaly met me 6 weeks after the surgery and said she was sorry and that the anesthetist had given me the incorrect dosage and that’s why it had failed!

    I have been in constant pain since the operation although the stitches have healed up well

    My GP thinks I have a great deal of liquid in my stomach, the Surgeon says not – I am having an ultra-sound next week so we’ll see who is right

    I am worried that the 2 mesh she put in have become infected

    The Surgeon says that she will operate again in 6 months time and fix everything

    Fingers crossed


  98. Steve February 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Trevor, this one’s over my head; *the anesthetist had given me the incorrect dosage and that’s why it had failed!* Maybe I’m medically illiterate, but how could anything but the doctors surgical prowess be responsible for such an early failure? It sounds like they’re working with you to resolve the problem, but am sorry for you that it happened at all. My surgery to remove staples seems to be healing reasonable well. Other than occasional sharp pains, fingers crossed as well.

    Don’t let this ride out if you think its infected. Prayers.

  99. Carrie February 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply


    2009 – Partial abdominal hysterectomy, pelvic/bladder/rectal sling implanted abdominally. Pelvic/abdominal organs adhesed; separated with mesh.

    2013 – Weight loss >100 lbs from Jan to May. Constant nausea, rarely able to eat. Diarrhea resulting if/when I did eat. Dx: Left ovarian mass — initially thought to be cancerous (biopsy was negative) — resulting in bilateral salphingo-oopherectomy. Abdominal cavity organs adhesed; separated with mesh.

    Two COMPLETELY different hospital systems on opposite sides of the state in which I live. (I will be requesting medical/surgical records from both after having read this blog.)

    Today (and for the past several months) I have been experiencing upper abdominal (inside) pain that is also tender to external palpation (think pain after 150 non-stop crunches). Reaching for things overhead is painful and feels like my insides are stretching. Oddly enough, my stomach feels empty unless and until I eat a large meal so I rarely feel satiated because the nausea is back with a vengance (although the diarrhea is not).

    I came Googling today to try to find a symptom checker to see if any of the symptoms I’ve listed, as well as others I haven’t, have anything to do with the non-transvaginal mesh I have in my body. For all I know at this point in time, mesh could have been applied over mesh — and that could be why I feel so run down and just plain “blah”.

  100. Phines March 24, 2015 at 4:58 am - Reply

    for someone looking for mesh removal. i found this. anyone knows? please advise.


  101. AmandaCesarini March 26, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Hello I had mesh put in my umbilical area in 2009. I had nothing but pain since the surgery. I kept going back to the surgeon and he performed a laparoscopy and found extra scar tissue. I still suffered severe pain and couldn’t even work as an STNA because I had to lift residents. So finally in 2014 I went back to the surgeon for him to remove my navel because he thought that’s where the pain was coming from. Well needless to say I had to lose my navel and the mesh because the mesh implanted to the wall of my atomach. I

    • Cindy Madrid March 27, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

      What kind of mesh did you have?

      • AmandaCesarini March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Hello Cindy I had marlex mesh made by davol/evermed very painful

  102. Elizabeth obrien May 13, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    I’m reading all these stories, this is disgusting these mess are still on the market. My dad right now in the hospital over 30 days had a bad mess removed. We live in Palm Beach Florida. Duel mess was used and he’s doing poorly. The doctors don’t tell us much but he has this problem and that problem. Liver problems and Kidney problems. This all stemmed from this mess. He’s 78 fighting for his life!

    I’m so upset reaching out to anyone who can advice us. The doctors want to put him through more testing. Now they want to do a bone marrow, Which we refused to do. I just don’t know. DON’T GET MESS if you have options.

    • Jane Akre May 13, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Elizabeth- I’m so sorry for your father. Do the doctors say his problems are due to his mesh implant. Hernia mesh is difficult to remove if not impossible. Dr. Bruce Ramshaw is a hernia mesh doc in Daytona Beach if that helps. He is aware of the problems, though still uses mesh on occasion. I believe he is working on solutions better than polypropylene. Shouldice Clinic in Toronto and Dr. Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas are the only ones I know who are totally NON MESH hernia places. Please stay in touch…

  103. Frank Ruiz May 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Had ventral hernia laparoscopic surgery 2002,for unknown reasons severe spasms occured,date 2015 still severe spasms,from 2002 to 2005 had open drain,is that unusual.sutures starting appearing and.caused extreme pain.In 2014 had surgery ,surgeon of 2014 questions the wisdom of surgeon of 2002.another doctor says in medical report surgery of 2002 was below.standards as it would of been in 2014.medical report reads mesh only,there is no part number,no stock number,where it came from.surgeon of.2014 describes surgery emotional and stressful,surgery lasted four hours also intense.I am a veteran and surgery was at tucson az veterans hospital.yes I do have a lawyer and it’s on appeal.what I am asking ,if medical report states mesh only ,no.stock number,no item number or.where.they got it from nor how old mesh is.please help


  104. Lori Lee Soliz June 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I have also had so many health issue’s due to the mesh they used in 2010 for my abdominal hernia repair surgery. I’ve had 6 surgeries in 3/12 year’s two more of the surgeries were a tumor the size of a basketball growing on my left kidney which killed my kidney and the cyst and my kidney had to be removed and again they used mesh for this microscopic

  105. Lori Lee Soliz June 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Surgery then again when I was in extreme pain once again they had to go in again for another abdominal hernia repair surgery and and again used mesh. I had two miscarriages and had to have a hysterectomy which is very depressing because I wanted more children.

  106. Meghan July 6, 2015 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I am in tears right now after reading all of your posts. Apparently I’m not the only one out there in pain/always uncomfortable and the weight that I’ve gained (in my tummy) is unreal. I don’t even know where to begin to try to figure out what to do. All I know is that I wish I found this website prior to my surgery. I’m not looking to sue anyone, I just want to be normal again.

    • Jane Akre July 7, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Meghan- Please give Bruce Rosenberg a call. I’m so sorry I wish you had visited here as well. Bruce is 954-701-5094. He is hernia mesh injured and a wealth of info on doctors, directions and lawyers.

      • Meghan July 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

        Hi Jane!

        Thanks! Where is he located?


        • Jane Akre July 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

          he is in florida

  107. Luis August 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    In March of 2013 I had emergency surgery to repair 3 incisional hernias as a result of 3 colon surgeries. The last being a ostomy reversal. I was told they put in a very large piece of mesh to cover all 3 hernias, the largest being a 3 inch defect. Since it was an emergency at the same hospital where the colon/rectal surgeon worked and as a result of his last surgery he performed the hernia repair/mesh implant. From day 1 I have had a stabbing pain in the left lower quadrant below the ostomy site. I gave it 6 months because I thought, and had been told, that it would take up to a year for the pain to subside. However, after 6 months the pain seemed to be isolated to just that area and I started to feel nauseous. Starting that fall the pain seemed to intensify. After 3 ER visits and CT scans I was thinking it was just chronic pain that I had to deal with. In November of 2013 I went to see a hernia repair specialist to find out if there could be anything to do with the mesh that was causing the issue. He told me that from what he saw on the CT scan that the mesh was working and there were no more hernias. That taking the mesh out would almost certainly result in repeat hernias. In February of 2014 I went to see a pain management doctor to hopefully get some relief. I was put on a very large dose of nerve blocking medication that leaves me groggy most days. On top that I was put on a maximum dose of NSAID’s and a strong dose of anti-depressants to slow the brain signals to the area. After 5-6 months of adjusting to the high dosage of medication I began to learn to tolerate the pain. It wasn’t gone, but it was tolerable. However, in the fall of 2014 I had 2-3 bouts of pain outbreaks that sent me to the ER. In April of 2014 something happened and the pain elevated to an unbearable level. I went back to see a new pain management doctor who changed up my nerve blocker and put me on Percocet. That only brought a low level of pain relief. I went to see a hernia repair specialist and he told me again, that it should be considered a very last option to remove the mesh. That it was doing its job of stopping the hernia and removing it could result in new hernias. I went back to the pain management doctor and we looked into nerve stimulus to deaden the nerve. However, he told me that this had been done for back pain, but that they had not proven to be very successful for abdominal pain. He said that abdominal pain is a lot harder to block because there are large nerves that cover big areas, so you could be feeling pain in the lower left, but the damaged nerve is in the upper left or in the center. So, he increased my Percocet to a higher level. At this point I am missing a lot of time at work, because sitting up at a desk wearing a belt or pants that can take a belt caused intense pain after just a few hours. I began to get complaints from my management that I was missing too much time. Which I agreed with, but there was nothing I could do. The pain was so bad I couldn’t think about anything. Plus, now that I was taking a strong dose of Percocet 3 times a day, I could barely think straight or stay awake. So, I went back to see the original colon/rectal surgeon who did an impromptu colonoscopy in the office and he told me the colon was fine and that there was nothing he could do about it. Back to the pain management doctor who told me my insurance company declined the nerve stimulus plan. At this point he tells me that there is really nothing else he could do. Shots to the area would be like putting a band aid on the problem and have no lasting effect. Plus he said that when it wore off the problems were usually a LOT worse than when you start. I go back to the hernia repair surgeon at the end of June and told him I think I had reached the end of options. He agrees to do the surgery. He tells me that they will remove the old mesh, clean up the adhesions (which only now are very present on the CT scans). Then release the abdominal muscles so than bring them together to cover the 3 inch defect (which is still visible on the CT scan). If necessary they would use bio-mesh (possibly my own skin) to help reinforce the repair. I am feeling good about the idea at this point. He also tells me that the original colon/rectal surgeon will be doing part of the work to insure my colon is healthy and undamaged. These two only work on Wednesdays so my surgery wasn’t scheduled until August 26 (8 weeks). I go to see the colon/rectal surgeon yesterday and he tells me “I don’t think this is going to resolve your issue. That it is likely that this is just trapped nerves and the goal of maybe re-cutting the nerve is a long shot.” Right now I am extremely confused and very depressed. I have been demoted at work and could lose my job over whole thing. I have a family of 6 kids that rely almost solely on my income. Part of me wants to move forward with this surgery because at least the mesh will be removed. However, if it doesn’t bring pain relief, what is the point. I don’t know what to do.

    • Jane Akre August 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094, is hernia mesh injured… he may have some ideas for you.

    • qofdisks August 17, 2015 at 12:22 am - Reply

      Luis, you do not say what your mesh material is. Prolene hardens and entraps nerves. I plan on a polyester mesh which will make a softer scar. Other than that, I anticipate a good deal of scarring and adhesions. I expect and dread cut nerves or nerves entrapped by scar tissue. I am also very afraid of complications with the bowel that can also cause catastrophic chronic pain.

      Let us consider scar tissue. It is flesh without a lot of circulation. That is characteristic of facia. I have had excruciating injured fascia in my feet. The bottoms of my feet are knobby with scar tissue in the facia. How is this healed? Constant gentle stretch in all directions. Take movement out to pain limit and try to extend your range slowly. Knead and massage the area even inflicting a mild inflamation/damage to the area letting it heal again over a couple of days once in a while. Use heat and cold. Use liniments. I wonder if Edgar Cayce remedy of hot oil (castor) packs may soak in and soften hard tissue? I suspect that scar tissue can be shaped and the best time to do it is as it heals. I will ask around concerning these sorts of remedies.

      Get on the floor everyday and test yourself. Test your ranges before getting out of bed. It may take a year or years to learn to live with this pain.

    • Melvina Jones November 3, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Luis please contact the specialist in Las Vegas Nevada, he has gotten amazing support and positive reviews in his genuine care of patients who need mesh removed.

  108. engela August 21, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    I must go for a mesh implant how long do you have to stay in hospital before you can go home

    • Jane Akre August 21, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      You may want to do some extensive reading before you decide on that….. not all outcomes are positive.

    • Melvina August 21, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Engela, if you can avoid the mesh i would. I had a mesh put in 2 months ago. You can read what im experiencing in my comments placed on here yesterday. Im finding that there isnt alot of support when the patients start having problems. Im also reading its hard to find a surgeon to remove it if needed. Please do research and dont be fooled by thinking the problems only occur with the recalled mesh because thats not true. What will you be getting the mesh implant for?

  109. Tony November 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I had a hernia repair in 2001 with mesh. The other day i was climbing and had extreme pain in my lower abdomen. Went to the dr and they said it appears as if i had torn the scar tissue where it attached to the mesh. I am oversees and not at my normal doctor. They said it will be painful but I’m fine. Do not have a lot of confidence in this dr. Does this seem right? Not sure how it works but if the scar tissue tore from where it holds the mesh in place i would think thats not good. I have a large lump and they say it is like a valley. please any help would be appreciated.

    • Jane Akre November 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Tony- Check with Bruce Rosenberg of The Meshoma Foundation. 954-701-5094.. or brosenberg1@bellsouth.net He is very knowledgeable and mesh injured. Have patience, he is sometimes hard to reach……

    • Melvina Jones November 3, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Hi Toni, theres a doc in Las Vegas who specializing in the removal of mesh.

  110. kumudini rana November 7, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    sir, my father had hernia laproscopy sugery in sept112015, after that the mesh infected, so doctor remove the mesh in october 14, then after he is suffering tb , now, he is cotinuing tb medicine. but the mesh removal part is swelling and paining so wht the problem is, plz tell me?

  111. CV November 9, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I have an inguinal hernia and am interviewing surgeons. its frightening to see there are NO positive stories in here. Can someone explain what happens when you have mesh, only to remove it later and then what happens, back to the open hernia? I dont get it. You remove the mesh and then what? New mesh? No mesh? Pray for rain? What! If everyone is going to remove it, why have it in the first place?

    • Jane Akre November 9, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

      As far as I know… Shouldice Clinic in Toronto Canada and Dr. Kevin Petersen can do the repair without mesh, generally speaking. Bruce Rosenberg can guide you. 954-701-5094. Also Bruce Ramshaw is knowledgeable but sometimes uses mesh for hernia repair… he just moved to Memphis. If you can forgo the mesh please consider it, You may be dodging a bullet.

    • Bailey November 25, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

      11 years ago at the age of 19 I had two inguinal and an umbilical hernia repaired. I have two good size pieces of mesh in my abdominal cavity and have zero complaints! Infection rates depend on a multitude of things. Surgical contamination, mesh defect, size of hernia, health of an individual/age, the type of mesh used, and if the surgery is going to be a laparotomy or laparoscopy.

      There is no consensus as to whether the use of non-absorbable mesh for incisional hernia repair is contraindicated in potentially contaminated surgical settings. Recently published data have indicated that the rate of mesh-related infections is comparable for ‘clean’ surgical procedures and for cases where potentially contaminated surgical procedures, such as appendectomy, cholocystectomy or enterectomy, are performed at the same time as incisional hernia repair.

      The influence of mesh type on the incidence of infection was investigated in a recent study; the results showed that the use of multifilament polyester mesh resulted in a higher incidence of infection, small bowel obstruction and enterocutaneous fistula formation than the use of other types of mesh (knitted monofilament polypropylene, polytetrafluoroethylene or woven polypropylene)

  112. Melody November 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply


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  113. john November 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I had an operation, and now my stomache is burning. It feels like it gets worse daily. USMC vet. Was done in VA hospital Baltimore. Was told was mesh repair….I’m a fool, thought it was stitching. I wish I would have left my pain be…This is far worse.

  114. Deborah Coldiron December 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    My son had an operation for his hernia involving some type of mesh about 2 years ago. As he was/is incarcerated he has had an uphill battle getting a hold of his medical records. Since the time of his surgery he suffers daily pain along with blood in his urine. According to the doctors associated with KY State Reformatory, there is nothing they can find wrong with him. I realize it is impossible to prove a person is in pain, the bloody urine can not be overstated. If anyone knows how I can go about helping my son, Please Advise. Several attorneys we have contacted refused to help because the lack of medical records and the fact this is not a vaginal mesh case are a hindrance for them.

  115. Kym February 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Wow!!!! Mesh has changed everyone’s life tremendously forever. I have a story of my own and it seems like it’s never going to end. In Oct.2012 I went in to have a hysterectomy due to severe endometriosis, which was done by my gynecologist and a general surgeon. Everything went good and I was up and walking around soon after. But, come to find out on the second day I couldn’t walk, had a fever, extreme pain and difficult to breathe. I had to have surgery again and they had perforated my colon (I was hospitalized for 3 weeks). Shortly after, In Nov.2012 I had a stroke and was back in the hospital again. At that time I was having some issues with having the hysterectomy which was causing this weird discharge from my vagina. They had also caused a fistula in the wall of my vagina and I had been told that it was all normal. So, I had to push them to repair, which was done by the same general surgeon from the beginning. By that time my GYN jump board and he didn’t want anything to do with the what happened. So, I went and had the fistula repair an thought things were good. I since then I had: Colon resection and blood transfusion

    Incisional hernia-synthetic mesh was used

    Complications with mesh and had tacks removed due to severe inflammation

    Inguinal nerves burned, cauterized (pain in groin, hip, leg, and mesh area)

    Complications with mesh and Mesh was removed(they found severe inflammation and mesh had moved)

    Biologic Mesh used for recurrent hernia

    Seroma formed (was told will absorbed)

    Complications with biologic mesh

    Recurrent Hernia(bladder push thru from under biologic mesh) Needed repair

    Bladder issues started (MRI was done and not only one hernia but now Inguinal hernia)seroma still there

    Recurrent hernia followed again which needed repair and surgeon had performed a bladder lift?????

    Seroma was drained 3x different visits and current and painful

    This all had been happening since 2012, and right now Feb.2016 I have a recurrent hernia and painful painful seroma which hasn’t healed.I have been trying to fine another surgeon and sadly no one will not take me in. I’m being told that I’m a liability and stuck with same surgeon. I went to my PCP yesterday to try and get another referral to someone else but, and no luck. I was sent right back to same surgeon, which I called and now they are refusing to treatment and I can no longer be

    a patient there. Two weeks ago, I had went back to the same GYN who performed my hysterectomy and was told……..that the surgeon should have never lift or mess with my bladder. He referred my to a Uro-GYN, and he does not feel comfortable going in. Found out that uro-gyn only treat cancer patients so….no go. I have tried to get a lawyer and was told that I didn’t have a case, due to the endometriosis. I’m at a total loss and I don’t know what to do, where to go………….I live in Phoenix, Az and need help…..PLEASE……. I’m walking around with a hernia and seroma and in pain everyday, my life is been turned up side down… Anyone with any kind of advice will help……


    • Jane Akre February 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Check in with Bruce Rosenberg. 954 701 5094 about hernia issues. I’m sorry doctors dont want to help you.

  116. Sodie Helms March 2, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    An incisional hernia repair was done for me one year ago. Over the months I began bulging out again and a CT scan in Feb, 2016 showed it to be a seroma. The hernia repair with mesh went okay, though recovery was months rather than weeks. Fortunately I am not in pain. A CT guided seroma drain was done recently and now I have a drain and bag attached to my abdomen. Though presently no infections have set in and all seems to be well, having this bag attached is extremely inconvenient and I can’t see a way of hiding it under my clothing. I am mostly house bound because of it. My problems are not nearly as bad as many others have posted here but just relating my experience. Abdominal surgery is the pits!

  117. Sarah June 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I had an umbilical hernia surgery when was 9. This has been 30 years ago now. Should I be concerned about anything now that 30 years have gone by? I have been having some abdominal pain and I am starting to think maybe it could be related?

    • Jane Akre June 30, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

      It is possible mesh could have been used in the 80s, especially for hernia. No for pelvic mesh. Can you obtain your medical records? Might the doctors office or hospital still have them? Do you have a copy. This is a great example of why you always want to collect your personal medical records and keep them. Let us know. If the doctor is not practicing any longer, a nurse from his office might know what his regular practice was- mesh or no mesh?

      • Sarah July 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the reply.
        I am going to do some research into getting my records. The pain in my abdomen is increasing at an alarming rate, and I am having a hard time getting around at this point. Any movement seems to make it worse. My MD is not real concerned at this point, and she cannot tell me whether or not the pain is associated with the hernia repair, but I know it feels as if the pain originates near there. I am hopeful that i can learn more from my records.
        Thanks again. I will let you know what I find out.

        • Jane Akre July 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

          Did I give you Bruce Rosenbergs number. 954 701. 5094,,he is mesh injured and very knowledgeable.

      • Wanda Beamer October 1, 2016 at 2:38 am - Reply

        I had lalter herina September 21 2016 surgery robic i cant belive how much pain iam in its been what 10 days it burns it s a sharp pain cant go to they bathroom cant walk or stand straight i no it takes time but dam these feels worse then having a child c section and i have had two c section 28 years ago i would love to no why my c section scars hurt so much when they herina surgery they never went near there it feels like its pulling and ???? like what the hell is going on cant lay down siting in a recliner chair because i cant sleep in my bed cant cough it hurts if anyone knows what to do or have experience they same please let me no please dont wanted to feel like iam going crazy because it does dam hurt .thanks so much .

        • Jane Akre October 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

          Im so sorry Wanda…. I believe Hollis law ( see ad on page one) is taking some hernia cases…

  118. Bill July 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I have been living with an Inguinal hernia for two+ years. Some discomfort but nothing I cannot deal with. I guess the term is
    “watchful waiting” but I honestly do not know when the waiting should stop. I do realize that sooner rather than later the hernia will need to be dealt with as it continues to get larger and larger as time passes. Three main questions come to mind. The first seems most appropriate for this website. 1) Are there long term complications when using absorbable mesh? From my layman’s view it would seem there would be few if any long term complications as the mesh eventually ‘dissolves’. 2) I realize there are non-mesh options but it seems the reoccurrence rate is significantly higher than when using mesh. True or false? 3) Lastly, any comments on laparoscopic surgery vs. open repair? From my research it seems post operation pain and complications are higher when doing open repair. Thanks in advance.

    • Jane Akre July 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Yikes Bill, I guess you know what you will hear here. Please check into a non mesh repair which you may be a candidate for….Especially if it is your first hernia repair. A skilled surgeon should be able to do one for you. There is Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas, Bruce Ramshaw in TN and the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto,,, off the top of my head. Also Desarda repairs are non mesh. I’m not a doctor. This is my opinion and the opinion of thousands of others I believe who wish they could turn back time. check with Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 who is a patient advocate and very knowledgeable.

    • Melvina July 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GET ANY MESH no matter what they try convince you of. I had a small umbiilical hernia he used mesh to repair it last year, ive been suffering every since (sharp cutting glass pain in my lowerr abdomen, tight pulling sensation in my upper abdomen, cant bend all the way over or even walking too long causes pain. NOW, the heart breaking part, the surgeon who put it in says it has nothing to do with the hernia surgery and thats the story most people get across the country from the surgeons who put this crap inside of the body and since the pain doesnt have me in the hospital or emergency my insurance doesnt deem it necessary to have it removed. Not to mention its almost impossible to find a surgeon skilled enough to remove it. Some of these surgeons have told me, i can remove it but i will need to replace it with a new absorbable mesh. I was like “NO I DONT want, ABSORBABLE, INVISIBLE, INCREDILE, EDIBLE, NO MESH OF ANY KIND. They repaired hernias without mesh before mesh was ever introduced and research actually shows reoccurance rates are not that different between mesh and non mesh repairs thats just a selling tactic, because they get paid more and its lets work to repair with mesh (its like simple patch over a whole type thing , effortless regardless of the outcome of the patient down the road). Please go to facebook group “Mesh patients Problems” or “Mesh Survivors” read the horror stories people are dealing with. I live in Arizona but im finally having it removed next month in Knoxville Tennessee by Dr. Bruce Bradshaw. My insurance denied it so i have to pay out of pocket but to have my life back id sell my house and live in a hut than suffee like this.

      • Jack October 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        Hello Melvina,

        Hope you are doing better. I am living through the same thing you are. Did you have your surgery? Are you ok now? Do you recommend having it removed?

        Please reply. Could use some good news.

        Best regards,


  119. Kathy Sabatino July 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply


    I had a left inguinal hernia that did not bother me in 1994. My doctor convinced me the surgery would be quick and easy and that I should do it. There was no discussion about laparoscopic surgery vs. open repair. I knew something was wrong immediately and spent 17 years and seeing over 40 doctors and was told the burning and stabbing pain in my groin was either a hip problem or it was all in my head. In 2011 my groin became so red and swollen that they could no longer ignore me. The CT scan showed that something was killing my lymph nodes. Turned out it was a Meshoma. The mesh, which was put in laparoscopicly had twisted, become infected and moved to various parts of my body and became entangled in different organs. The kind surgeon who saved my life told me if they must use mesh then they should NEVER do it via laparoscopic surgery.

    Best of luck,

  120. Teddy July 9, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I had mesh implanted during a hernia surgery; I can feel it every time I move — It’s painful, terribly painful.

    For some reason, I have developed a rash on my arms that is not responding to any protocol. This began about a month after the surgery.

    I’ve been top allergists and dermatologists. No one can pinpoint the cause of this skin outbreak on my forearms that is moving up the length and of my arms….

    I’m taking Benadryl to quell the inflammation…but its efficacy is off & on.

    Have you heard of any similar patient reactions..?

    • Jane Akre July 9, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hi Teddy- Rashes are reported by many women who have had pelvic mesh implants. As you know, they are both made of polypropylene though placed in different parts of the body. Please visit the autoimmune response register on page one of the site and enter your experience. Ultimately we may begin to connect the dots and point to polypropylene as a material that is not biocompatible in many people How then do we identify who it will work for? I don’t believe doctors are even beginning to deal with that overarching question. In my opinion they should be tackling that question before the wholesale use of PP mesh for everyone!

  121. martin kincey October 14, 2016 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I had an inguinal hernia surgery back in 1999, I was 19 at the time. 17 years on I’m in a bad way, everything aching, bloated stomach, bowel problems, swollen glands, kidney pain, extreme thirst, malaise, headaches, weak joints, sore eyes… every test I’ve had comes back fine. My mesh is massive! I’ve seen it on an x-ray… about as big as my hand spanned out. My parents were told it should not have been a keyhole operation. I’m still a relatively young man with a 9 year old son, their diagnosis is chronic fatigue syndrome! this diagnosis has come as a last resort after being tested for HIV, Lupus, Coeliac, Diabetes, Limes, and much more. They even removed my gallbladder thinking it was that! What a joke! I have requested my medical notes for the surgery what else should I be doing?

    • Jane Akre October 14, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Please enter the autoimmune registry on page one of MND……I’m sorry you a re suffering so.. There are some docs dealing with hernia mesh complications …..Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas,,, Robert Bendavid in Toronto, Bruce RAmshaw in Knoxville… Please contact Bruce Rosenberg, who is ap atient advocate to know more…. 954-701-5094.

    • Kathy October 14, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Have they done an MRI or CT scan of the area where the mesh is? They thought I had leukemia and many other diagnosis because my lymph nodes were infected. Luckily the surgeon had another patient with a meshoma the same week and recognize the symptoms.

      • Martin kincey October 16, 2016 at 12:27 am - Reply

        They don’t believe there is anything wrong with me, I’ve requested the notes for my operation and have an appointment with my gp on Tuesday, I’ve seen the mesh on an X-ray and it’s massive! When I brought this up the doctor said there was no evidence of this even being a problem.

        • Kathy October 16, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

          I know how you feel. I saw over 15 doctors between 1994 and 2011 and was basically told it was all in my head. In 2011 the red bulging mass became warm to the touch and had to be delt with. When they took a CT scan they saw my lymph nodes were dying.
          Keep pressing forward and good luck.

          • martin October 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

            Have you had your mesh removed?

  122. John P November 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Had left inguinal hernia repair in 2012 with ethicon mesh. This was done by the V.A. in PDX. Have complained of burning upon waking every day. Made request for referral to OHSU digestive health about 18mos. ago. Have lost over 50lbs. and appetite is not there because I feel like I’m going to be sick. Have been referred to Urology and Orthopedics because of involuntary or accidental urination and fake poops a lot. It hurts all the time and you can actually feel the mesh if you press in. Makes me sick though. There is so much more. Had an invasive nerve block last week to R/O my bad hips, turned the mesh on like fire. Still no referral or even acknowledgement that a problem exists. I’m going in circles with this. I need to be fixed and need legal representation apparently to get that done ? Please assist or advise if unable to help on whom I can contact if at all possible. Thank you for your time. Today I’ve found out I have a follow up appt. for my removal request with the V.A. the 15th. However, it has taken some serious complaining and I’m not certain if any of these doctors have actually removed a hernia mesh ?

  123. William Bond November 16, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

    My GP referred me to a surgeon in Aug 2015 for what my GP referred to as a simple laproscopic ernia surgery in and out the same day. Surgeon on iniital consultation said he would have to operate, in and out the same day. Had it done 9/2016 was in for 2 days, with horrible pain and finally sent home with percoset. Started vomiting within a week. Now over a year later i have more pain than before surgery. Went back to surgeon, he recommended pain management. after 2 visits with pain management and not any relief, I am wondering if this is now my life.Cronic pain? I asked the surgeon if this was common, he said only about 5%. Now after reading all this I’m not convinced.

    • Jane Akre November 16, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Only about 5% … right. BTW no heavy lifting or returning to rigorous exercise for a long time,,, often people reinjure themselves. Please contact Bruce Rosenberg 954-701-5094 who is a patient advocate to seek some guidance on doctors and medically. He is mesh injured himself and very knowledgeable.

  124. Lynda C January 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I had mine done in 2010, they had to do a surgery not long after a few months, because the colon got cought up in the (Pig) mesh, & some of the colon was cut out!
    Now I have an Hernia that is very large, am afraid to have surgery!
    I am 67, & am afraid of getting Sepsis, but know I must….

    • Jane Akre January 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Lynda, see if you can find a doctor who will do a non mesh surgery. ….there are a few around. The DeSarda method also does non mesh, so does the Shouldice Clinic in Toronto… I believe Dr. Kevin Petersen in las vegas will do a non mesh repair as well. Hope that helps.

  125. Deborah r March 26, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I had surgery in 06 to fix my bladder and hernia. My hernia is painful and my doctor just told me it is not fixed. I don’t know what is going on but I am going to a doctor soon. Can you tell me how my hernia was fix but now is big and painful. What could have happened?

  126. David w May 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Fourteen months ago the doctor that was performing a colonoscopy aborted the procedure five minutes in. He said my inguinal hernia had constricted the area of the colon he was attempting to maneuver his instrument through. He further noted that until I had hernia surgery he could not try again.

    What to do? By the volume of those who have regrets with mesh my mind is almost make up. Any feed-back?

  127. Judi Moravec July 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    My husband had double groin hernia surgery in 2011 using Kugel mesh. Then he had bladder & prostrate repair surgery in 2015. Surgeon had difficult time because of mesh but he did discovered prostrate cancer. He recommended radiation because he would not be able to do a removal because of mess involving the mesh. We contacted oncologist who recommended prostrate removal and sent us to USC in LA for a specialist. Specialist stated there was only 10% chance he could remove it. Specialist removed prostrate and one lymph node with great difficulity but could not get the other lymph node because of mesh problem. My husband is now experience abdominal pain, constipation, nausea from time to time sometimes lasting 3 days that lays him out. No work etc. We were wondering if there is a specialist here in Las Vegas NV that could help him? We are not sure if pain is because of mesh but maybe.

    • Jane Akre July 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Dr. Kevin Petersen is in Las Vegas…. very experienced.

  128. Frank ruiz August 21, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    2002 laparoscopic on ventral hernia ending with lower intestine puncture.from 2002to2006 walked around with open wound drain seeping spots of blood puss sticky substance and fowl fowl smell.with so much discomfort from 2002 to 2006 sutures were also removed.from first nite at home my body was telling me something’s is wrong.this surgery occurred at Tucson as veterans hospital and no matter how many appointments or going to ER never not once was possible mesh infection diagnose.how can this be happening to me .I have read many post on medical records on my own records it reads prolene mesh and that’s all. Nerve damage pinch nerve disruption on intestines bloated all the time passing gas no matter what I drink or eat.No physician head of residence nurse practitioner LPN none of these who are in the medical field diagnosed possible mesh infection just with the sticky substance and fowl smell.tucson as veterans hospital 08/2002 laparoscopic surgery ending with puncturing lower intestine.discomfort chronic pain bloated passing gas and I am the one who is accused of not taking care of myself.compensation patients exams I have had but all medical test exams questions do not revolve on problems I still have .i can only ask for my post to be seen read anywhere .i am now 69 years and surgery occurred 2002 now being 2017 Tucson va hospital I say negligence error in judgement carelessness to this veteran who served 20 months in nam with Honor respect blood sweat and tears and now I am a claim number docket number social security number I no longer considered be a human being with a name.

  129. Jim M September 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Had mesh for a left inguinal hernia in 2001. No issues! It worked great.
    It failed after 16 years but oh well, I’m active and lift,
    Just got a new one and I should be good to go !
    Not everyone has issues,

    • Jane Akre September 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      You are correct Jim, not everyone has issues.

  130. wheeler purvis October 18, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    i had a disc put in thru my stomach in 05 6 months later my stomach ruptured they put prolene mesh 6×6 in my stomach now it has really bothered me feels like needles sticking me from the inside out i found out the mesh has weakened,it does have a recall and the disc they put in should not have been approved by fda a lot of people have had them removed i was the first one in fl to have the disc put in the l2 l3 its now fused by bones

  131. linfin February 16, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I have had 9 open abdominal surgeries, with 2 of them being open mesh implants. I suffer from severe pain, multiple health problems that I am not going to go into until I know if there is a statute of limitations on how long ago your surgery was. My 1st surgery was in 2007 & the 2nd was in 2013. Also how much can I potentially walk away with in a lawsuit if the statute has not expired & if i win & how long does it take. I have most of my records & can also get more if you need them. If the limitations have expired do not bombard me the annoying emails. I suffer enough from pain & stress. My life has been completely & forever changed I do not need more problems so someone else can gain from my misfortune.

    • Jane Akre February 19, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Do you know the type of mesh you have? Are you not represented at all? Pls advise.

  132. linfin February 16, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

    also i had a mesh implant in 2002 for a bladder suspension that has also caused problems. that makes 3.

  133. sushanto February 17, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I have inguinal hernia operation 3 years ago now I feel severe pain in that place despite Consulting and taking medicine I am not getting well

  134. Gary Garcia August 4, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I had hihatel hernia mesh surgery in August Of 2017,since then Im have complications vomitting,nausea,can’t earth stomach pain and losing to much weight ,I’ve lost total of 28lbs they did a reversible still didn’t work and then they took out my gallbladder,still didnt work I made an appointment with the Digestive clinic and the surgeon who did my surgery something has to give I’m afraid I will die if I don’t eat and gain weight so need hwelp

    • Jane Akre August 6, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply


      I’m so sorry…. where are you located? There may be a doctor experienced in mesh complications in your area. Also if you would reach out to Bruce Rosenberg, hernia mesh injured and a patient advocate. 954-701-5094. Please text him first to let him know you want to talk. He is a wealth of information but hard to reach… please get back….

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