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May Brings a Deluge of Pelvic Mesh News

World Mesh Awareness Day may 1Welcome to Mesh News Desk!

Our friend and associate Linda K. has declared May 1 Mesh Awareness Day and has come up with a wonderful campaign full of Barbie dolls who feel no pain.  So many of you continue to suffer and despite the flood of news lately, real solutions seem to be few.  Perhaps a Mesh Court not unlike vaccine court, would best address this devastation.

News of a recent settlement has not brought much joy to those who desperately seek additional medical care since a surgery easily runs $30,000 not including various trips to the few professionals who are acknowledging mesh-injuries.

This community continues to grow, to support each other and is increasingly vocal. If there are power in numbers,  the mesh survivor community fortunately has a voice.

While not every ailment is related to mesh, Mesh News Desk would like to refer those who are new to this issue to refer to the FDA’s July 2011 Statement that mesh-injuries are NOT Rare and that mesh implants may lead to further risks over benefits.  Read it Here! At the same time the FDA issued a White Paper that is a good read for anyone interested in the topic Here.

Be a wise consumer!  Ask if an implant is polypropylene!

At this writing, the Food and Drug Administration is considering upgrading the classification on surgical mesh for pelvic repair from class II to class III or high-risk!  You will want to add your voice to this debate because if mesh had been class III likely we would not be seeing thousands of injuries around the world.  Weigh in HERE!  Comments will be taken for the next 90 days.

Polypropylene seems to be the common denominator to injuries and whether the injuries result from the mechanical properties of mesh – contraction, foreign body reaction, fraying, roping, curling, cutting, erosion, degrading, migration, infection  OR/AND to the properties of Polypropylene (PP)  – ethylene oxide process, plasticizers,  polymer mutagenicity, estrogen mimicking properties, nonylphenol breakdown, among other issues –

THESE ARE QUESTIONS NOT EVEN BEING ASKED YET, MUCH LESS ANSWERED. 

The Precautionary Principle would  deem that safety be established BEFORE any product is used in the human body.  To that end, the FDA it seems will finally require testing by manufacturers before they can put their mesh on the market. Whether this will extend to hernia mesh would only make sense!

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As always, Bruce Rosenberg is available to discuss your hernia injuries. Not a doctor or a lawyer, Bruce is hernia mesh-injured and has formed The National Meshoma Foundation. His purpose is education…please contact him for information and be patient because he is overwhelmed with the mesh-injured community.  brosenberg1@bellsouth.net.  954-701-5094.

11 Comments

  1. ML says:

    This is great new but let’s not stop at just one day. Let’s make May Medical Mesh Awareness Month. The more we can keep the story in the court of public opinion the better for the victims. http://www.killingmycareer.com/the-sociopathic-business-model/may-is-medical-mesh-awareness-month/

  2. Richard M Howden(AMU) says:

    Go to Wikipedia and look up Polypropylene. It gives you all it’s chemical components and it’s many, many uses. Along with being great rope, plastic ware, garbage cans and lawn furniture, Wikipedia also mentions surgical mesh and sutures made of PP. In Wikipedia, it states that polypropylene mesh ERODES in days and months so it is NOT recommended for certain human uses. Your Doctor doesn’t even tell you that much! So if a web site like Wikipedia states the inherent problem with PP mesh so simply, why in the name of God can our beloved FDA not get it through their thick skulls? Oh yeah, the money! I forgot the money!! We should not forget that the FDA gets grants and perks from the Manufacturer’s to help them with research ( where is the best strip club/casino or bar) and education ( where is the best place to retire early). The FDA just got a huge boost to their budget but they STILL need to get grants from the people that they are supposed to be watching and making sure they are following health and safety guidelines? Must be BUSY because they sure as hell did not fully check polypropylene mesh products.

    • I am not to sure what I can do as I am in The United Kingdom to help these days as I am suffering quite a lot of different issues but I am all for Mesh Awareness Day or Month and wish everyone around the globe good luck.

      Teresa Hughes United Kingdom Liverpool

  3. Anne says:

    Here I am again, after 8 years of dealing with insertion of mesh, revision, removal of mesh, now in so much pain I can hardly walk or sit. Been going for Cat Scan, 2/3 MRI , have had every test possible. Why won’t my surgeon say that mesh has caused my problem? Doctors want to avoid that.

    Anyway, I have appt. with my surgeon again. This whole thing has ruined my life. Just pain and many other neuro problems. It has been an awful trip. The money this has cost is unbelievable. I have all of my insurance statements. Could easily be $100,000.00 or maybe more.

  4. Sandy says:

    Can you read all the comments I sent one and asked the FDA how much of a kick back they received for letting this product through. I let them have it. I did approach the subject that this foreign substance should never be put in the body. I want answers. We pay these people salaries to protect us and they have not. Perhaps someone should see about taking them to court just so we can the question answered—- why. Why was this product ever allowed to be marketed. Are they like the VA scandal and not doing their jobs. No one can ever give back what I lost but we can make sure to let other women know what is happening. I wish we could afford a commercial just to let America know we are here, we are hurt, we are mad, sad, and have been lied to. We are not lab rats but have been treated as such.

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