Important Links, Resources, Support Mesh Related
This is a great place to get started if you are new to the issues and experiencing complications which you can’t explain following mesh implantation surgery.
Mesh Medical Device News Desk (MND)
Mesh Medical Device News Desk Facebook Group
MDND Facebook Page
Mesh Awareness Movement
Medical Mesh Legal Support
Mesh Legal Support Page
West Coast Mesh Fighter US-based
TVT Mum– UK site for mesh injured patients
Meshies United Group – UK
Meshed Up– European Union site for mesh sufferers in The Netherlands
Australian Women’s Facebook Page
Mesh Down Under Support Group
Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group
Save Jacqui Scott New Zealand Medical Mesh
Sling The Mesh Campaign- UK Group
Australian Women’s Facebook Page on Mesh
Scottish Mesh Survivors
Earl Stevens’ Blog on Artificial Hip Medical Devices
Deb’s NY Mesh Me Not
Stand Up and be Counted Against Medical Mesh
Change.org– Petition for Accountability by mesh Device Companies
* Always be aware whether or not your resource comes directly from an industry source which while it may provide valuable information, may downplay adverse events or complications.
October 2008– Medical Device Alert and Notice, October 20, 2008 – FDA Public Health Notification about complications associated with surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
July 2011– Alerts and Notice, July 13, 2011 – FDA Safety Communication: UPDATE on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse,
This is a much more strongly worded caution about surgical mesh questioning whether benefit is worth the risk, but falls short of a recall. See symptoms the FDA has received from its adverse event database here.
FDA White Paper on Mesh, July 2011, an excellent summary
How to Post an Adverse Event with the FDA
Institute of Medicine, July 29, 2011 – One hour briefing public discussion following a special independent report on the FDA’s 510(k) approval process
The IOM Report, July 29,2011 – The report calls the 510(k) process “fatally flawed”
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) & American Urogynecological Society (AUGS) – Both professional societies issued a Joint Recommendations, November 21, 2011, that the use of synthetic mesh placed vaginally for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapsed “should be reserved for thigh-risk women for whom the benefit may justify the risk.” The groups urge a national registry to track outcomes after placement.
Journalist Laura Newman reports on medical issues from the patient point-of-view
Public Citizen– issued a petition August 25, 2011 to have synthetic surgical mesh recalled from the market.
Dr. Lewis Wall- Washington University
Dr. Daniel Elliott – Mayo Clinic
Consumers Union- November 15, 2011, In a letter to Congress, Consumers Union urges medical device oversight and a rigorous review by the FDA for implantable medical devices so they do NOT get approved by the 510(k) process. Also calls for a issued a call for a patient registry and removal from the predicate list any device that has been recalled.
Consumers Union – Safe Patient Project
WEB SUPPORT/ DISCUSSIONS
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