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Welcome to Mesh News Desk

Akre at M&M surgical suites

Akre at M&M surgical suites

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to Mesh News Desk…. also known a Mesh Medical Device News Desk.   If you are new to the pelvic and hernia mesh complications, you are at the right place.

Started nearly four years ago, Mesh News Desk (MND) attempts to keep readers up-to-date on the latest events concerning this common medical procedure that has an unusually high number of adverse events (AE).  Yet the industry keeps denying there is a problem.   Could 100,000 pelvic mesh lawsuits be generated by eager attorneys and irresponsible women?   Could men and women experiencing hernia complications just be under the influence of a mass hysteria?   Or as many believe, are these just the outcomes of lesser experienced doctors?  If so, we should be afraid, very afraid.

The fact is, there is a high adverse event rate following a mesh implant. Additionally, there are associated autoimmune issues such as rashes, fibromyalgia, lupus, a weakened immune system, among others. Add these symptoms to mesh implants that tend to shrink, contract, entrap nerves, cause chronic, debilitating pain, infection and migrate. As many as one-third of recipients may experience these complications soon after implantation.  There is evidence that the process of mesh changes is ongoing and there have been no long term studies for safety and efficacy. Unfortunately, you are it!

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There were so many complications reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that in July 2011, it issued its strongest worded warning that mesh complications  are “not rare” and that pelvic mesh should be a last resort when other treatments do not work.

Information for Health Care Providers for POP”, indicating doctors should consider these factors before placing surgical mesh:

    • Recognize that in most cases, POP can be treated successfully without mesh.
    • Surgical mesh is a permanent implant that may make future surgical repair more challenging.
    • Having a mesh surgery may put the patient at risk for requiring additional surgery or for the development of new complications.
    • Removal of mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of mesh may not be possibleand may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain.

Still, doctors continue to refer to pelvic mesh for incontinence as the “Gold Standard.”   The disconnect is very difficult to understand and impossible to explain. Some feel mesh for SUI is safer than for POP, but anecdotally, your editor is hearing from many injured with the smaller SUI mesh “slings.” Ultimately, the responsibility rests with medical consumers learning the latest information to be truly informed before giving their consent to any mesh implant. That’s why we are here!

Doctors need to understand that increasingly they are being sued for medical malpractice for NOT informing their patients.  By now, doctors should understand that telling patients”this is different mesh” is not accurate (polypropylene is polypropylene)  and that a one percent complications rate is simply not true. Please use the Search bar on page one of Mesh News Desk.  Please contact Bruce Rosenberg of the Meshoma Foundation with your questions about hernia mesh, the best doctors and if any litigation is underway.  954-701-5094 and keep trying him.

Thanks to Courtroom View Network  for access to trial video feeds. I encourage mesh injured and their families to attend one of these trials in person if you can. Even for one day. It appears there will be a number of women at the August 24th trial of Edwards v. Ethicon.

GoFundMe – Your donations are appreciated to allow court coverage, even in the form of mileage for hotels and air.  Also much appreciated are your thoughts shared with the website.  For those wanting to donate – there is a GoFundMe page to contribute to journalism in the public interest.  There is a PayPal link on the first page of the website on the right hand side.  Your contributions are much appreciated!  (Please if you are mesh injured and suffering financially as well, you do not need to contribute, however if you are a law firm and using the services here, please consider an ongoing subscription. Writing services can be contracted, turning any of the content on the site into accurate, up-to-date stories for your website.  Contact me!).

MND is NOT a legal referral service! It is written by your editor, a journalist. Here is a list of upcoming cases we would like to cover. Even a donation of airline miles can help offset the cost of a hotel. Again, Thank you!

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Jane Akre, Editor


By | 2015-04-07T16:30:40+00:00 April 7th, 2015|Welcome|16 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. Linda G April 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    The trial Aug 24th is in WV? In the beginning of the article there was a notice to Drs. regarding the FDA message to Dr’s that they need to assess and explore other options before putting in the mesh.My Dr did not do that, nor did he go into any details about the surgery or other options even though he knew about my apprehension…when did the FDA send this notification out to them, if anyone knows.It is too late for me to file against the Dr,but I would be curious to know.This is so stressful, but I am grateful to Jane and everyone involved for the caring support..bless u all!

  2. jerry mcanally April 8, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    thanks jane,

    i recently contacted Johnson and Johnson about my phsiomesh,problems pain.and overall life destroyed due to this garbage,,they want me to fill out a bunch of paperwork..i asked them togive me $$$ and forget litigation id sign a waiver and nvr bother anyone again…maybe its going to work…otherwise if i die or take my own. its because of this MESH..how can i get pain management for it…anyone????? im almost broke..cant afford to buy pain relief on the street anymore..,thx jerry mcanally

    anyone may contact me at jj.mcanally69@gmail.com..

    • Tammy (KY) April 8, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Jerry, Im sorry to hear you are having problems. Mesh does that, like all of us that believed the FDA and doctors. To have pain management, your family doctor or specialist will have to refer you, to pain management. God bless

  3. stopmeshimplants April 9, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Jerry, Your story breaks my heart. It is so difficult to read your words. I am certain you have tried your local social service agencies and all resources. Please, please do not give up. I hope you are able to get some pain medications soon. They need to get that mesh out of you. You are on the top of my prayer list….

  4. Still Suffering April 9, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Dear Jerry: scour through this site if you haven’t already for men and women who are suffering from hernia mesh and what they did. I believe there is a Bruce Rosenberg, a hernia mesh survivor who is helping others navigate. I know there is a Dr. Kevin Petersen in Las Vegas, NV that has a website “No Insurance Surgery”. They had, in the past, a program for those who could not afford his cash price. Maybe they still do. Set up a GoFundMe page, sell things to get cash. Tell your friends and family to help you raise money. Keep in mind pain meds is a short term fix, just one part of a plan. Even if you had an endless supply of pain meds, eventually you could very well end up with worse pain than ever from the drugs, hyperalgesia, or at the very least, develop tolerence. It doesn’t end. Pain syndromes are a disease in themselves. I am so sorry you have joined the ranks of suffering from mesh. You are reaching out but don’t give up. Look for people in your situation. Maybe under “Hernia Mesh Injuries” or “Patient Profiles” for other hernia mesh stories in this site. I do hope you can get into pain management, but it is not enough. You need the mesh out by Dr. Petersen or someone who BELIEVES in mesh complications and has the skills to remove it safely.

    • jerry mcanally April 9, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      ive been. everywhere..alwaysa rejection..dr Peterson is the one who sais its erosion,,rejection..and scar tissue.problems..then recently i see people on his site with very negative outcomes..if only i had a vagina it seems to be the winning ticket in this stuff

      • Jane Akre April 10, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

        Jerry, no one is a winner here… no one!

  5. kitty April 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Winning ticket??

    • jerry mcanally April 9, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Women who have same mesh as me with complications are being awarded milllions ..

      • Bejah April 9, 2015 at 11:42 pm - Reply

        Jerry, We must stand together regardless of the nature of our mesh injury. I am POP mesh damaged but I support your position also, and recognize and respect your needs and position. Life is not fair but if we can bring attention to this and drag the issue into the daylight that will help you as well. We must not give into resentment or bitterness because that brings us all down. We must try to stand together, to support eachother. Remember the quote I believe from one of the founding fathers of the nation….”A nation divided can not stand”? Does that not apply to us? Do you not think that the defendents would be please to see us in separate camps and weakened because of it. Thinking positive, no matter how hard it is, strengthens us. It is what we must do. Take care.


      • Jane Akre April 10, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Jerry- Unless they received a settlement, the companies are appealing ad naseum and no one is seeing a dime!

        • Bejah April 13, 2015 at 1:15 am - Reply

          Jane, There must be some limitations on the right of these corporations to appeal although I am certain they are not as strict as the right to appeal restrictions placed on the people of this nation and those that represent them. Can you tell us the extent to which they can appeal? The fact that these MDL’s are organized to, in theory, get cases through the courts faster tells us the Court is interested in that which will achieve that end, putting this behind us as a nation so we can move on. The settlement conferences called for by judical representatives would also suggest that pressure is being applied on the defendant corporations to settle. In the face of all of this it does not seem logical that excessive appeals would be tolerated. Is this all smoke and mirrors? Corporations like JNJ and Monsanto and Exxon have been engaging in criminal activities for decades and there is no reason to think this will not continue. Where does that leave us? It would seem that the Constitution does not protect the people of this nation as it should. How many times and for how long can a corporation appeal a judgement against it? Please find out for us if you can. Thanks.

      • Kitty April 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        Jerry you would benefit by seeing a primary Dr. If you have no money go to a hospital and ask for a social worker to get you on Obama waiver insurance or T 19. Then Follow up—–over and over—with the same Dr Maybe MD would start believing you. If you run from MD to MD that is Dr shopping and they thinkj you are drug seeking. Insist on your discomfort.,

      • Jane Akre April 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        Jerry- Only those who have received settlements have seen any dollars. The companies are fighting jury awards and they are still on appeal. Do not think some are doing well… most are not!

  6. Mesh Nightmare April 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

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