Mesh Top Medical Story in Canada at CTV

//Mesh Top Medical Story in Canada at CTV

Mesh Top Medical Story in Canada at CTV


CTV health Reporter Avis Favro

CTV Health Reporter            Avis Favro

December 31, 2012 ~ Canada’s CTV Health Reporter Avis Favro in a review of the Top Ten medical stories of 2012 recounts how mesh elicited more responses than any other story that year, more than she thought possible.  Here are her thoughts.

U.S. media are you listening? There are 10,000 cases filed in the U.S. now and 20,000 expected.  This is a huge and under-reported story.

“This was one of the most troubling stories producer Elizabeth St. Philip and I worked on this year.

The story began as a small piece about two women in Ontario planning to sue the makers of a mesh used to treat their incontinence. They claimed the devices had left them in pain and the implants could not be removed.

We were unprepared for the flood of phone calls and emails from women with similar implants and even more horrific stories of suffering. Some left us in tears.

There are now an estimated 600 women in Canada who are seeking to be part of various lawsuits against transvaginal mesh products. We’ll likely hear more on this story in 2013.”

By | 2012-12-31T23:33:14+00:00 December 31st, 2012|Media Reports|6 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. Diane Fichter January 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this story, Avis…I was one of the women you interviewed and I would like to thank you so much for bringing this horrendous story, everyone in the medical industry would like to “hide and forget” to print…

    Our stories are not going away, we are not being silent, we are instead standing together, strong and persistent with the intent to stop the use of ANY mesh for SUI and POP surgeries!

    We are the “Failed Mesh Experiment” much like the “Agent Orange ” and Thalidomide babies…we are the “clinical trials” and clearly mesh did not pass the grade, sadly at not only our expense but the expense of our families and friends…

    Our lives have been turned upside down and there has to be accountability…what has been done to us is wrong and they, the Manufacturers, need to step up to the plate and at the very least admit their products are defective.

    I hope you will follow us up in another article because sadly since the last article, there has been much more devastation to us emotionally and physically.

    Thank you once again.

    Diane Fichter

  2. linda January 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    There are so many women who are living with mesh complications than are reporded because getting a doctor to admit it is a mesh complication is a major difficulty. We need more stories like this and more brave women who stand up and speak out. Plus more reporters who will write about them. Thank you.

  3. Barbara Power January 2, 2013 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Getting this mesh to help my SUI was the biggest mistake of my life. I have had this mesh inside of me for 8 years now. I could write a book concerning my problems caused by this product. I feel as if my life is completely altered. I have lost a lot –my dignity. my social life, my job, my financial security. The list can go on and on. These medical devices should be totally safe and the standards of these companies should be followed more closely. Human safety should always be the main concern instead of the amount of profit the product..

  4. Bella January 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I am glad that Canada is taking notice, but what about those is the U.S. when will people actually take notice here. I mean it is not reported on the news. The only thing I ever see about it on T.V. is in the adverts for lawyers. People all over the world need to know about this because it needs to be stopped. I just don’t understand why the media lets others dictate to them what they can and can’t say. Maybe this should be Micheal Moores’ next documentary.

  5. Terri January 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    It’s truly sad that many women don’t realize that mesh causes more than “female problems” after it’s been implanted inside our bodies. Many women including myself have developed auto immune problems that were not present prior to the mesh and sometimes doesn’t show up for several years. I personally have lost count how many Doctor’s visits, tests and scans I had done because of the excruciating pain to only be repeatedly told there was nothing wrong. While it is very frustrating finding the right doctor, women should keep searching until they find the proper care. Also, there are some wonderful support groups with members from all around the world.

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