SURGICAL MESH COMPLICATIONS | INJURED BY SURGICAL MESH, CONTACT US!
PELVIC MESH IS SEXUAL ABUSE OF, AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST, WOMEN!
While Doctors (male and female) daily implant synthetic
surgical mesh in a woman's pelvis, legally mutilating their
sexual organs, their bladders, their rectums, their
intestines and their spines, professional medical societies
and major universities and hospitals profess their outrage
at not being able to use a medical device declared
by the FDA as UNSAFE, causing
serious complications and even death.
SOCIETY AND MEDICINE PREYING ON WOMEN...
THIS IS SEXUAL DISCRIMINATIONAGAINST
WOMEN AT ITS WORST!
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Jane Pennington, Janet Holt, Lana Keeton, Denise Jacobs in Washington, D.C. April 2011 for Congressional Hearing on Medical Devices
Denise Jacobs, Dianne Kelley, Lana Keeton, Kelly Villoch 2010 Get the Mesh Out Rally!
Jane Pennington, Sarah McFarland, Wendy Bradley, Janet Holt, Lana Keeton at FDA/CDRH Town Hall Meeting Dallas, TX March 2011
Linda Gross and her husband, Jeff, won their lawsuit against the Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon/Gynecare Prolift, $3.35 million for compensatory damages and $7.76 million for punitive damages at the end of February 2013. Their victory is absolutely wondeful!
But no trial and no winning verdict will ever make Linda okay. She will live the nightmare of mesh the rest of her life. Adding to the pain, J&J et.al. appealed the verdict. The only people J&J/Ethicon/Gynecare are paying right now are their defense attorneys and their expert witnesses and other trial expenses. They will continue this for as many years as they can. They DO NOT want to admit liability because of the thousands of cases waiting for their day in court behind Linda Gross. Whatever they do in her case will set a precedent. J&J wants to delay that day as long as they can.
My pain will never equal Linda's. But a bladder sling is just as destructive to your life as a the Prolift pelvic organ prolapse kit. August 1st, 2012 marked my 18th procedure/surgery to remove a Gynecare TVT Prolene (polypropylene) synthetic bladder sling originally implanted December 21, 2001. The pics below show the ugly truth of mesh. Although mesh injured patients appear okay on the outside, on the inside they are mutilated and mangled. It's awful. So when a doctor tells you it's only the pelvic organ prolapse mesh that has complications, tell them they are dead wrong!!
Number 18 was even more difficult than past surgeries though I had believed it would be easier as there was less mesh left to remove, only about 4 inches. Boy was I wrong. I wound up recovering in Texas at my Aunt's house for almost 2 months, excruciating pain, infected surgical incision, seeing an infectious disease doctor to control the infection. And the swelling has never gone down, even now over 7 months later. Last week I had a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis. Still don't know what happened but I will be seeing more doctors this week. Insane that over 11 years later I am still dealing with the complications of a strip of Prolene mesh. So I am going to say it again. When a doctor tells you it's only the pelvic organ prolapse mesh that has complications, tell them they are dead wrong!!
There are thousands and thousands of women injured by a multitude of brands of synthetic bladder sling meshes who suffer horribly every single day of their lives. Do not believe your doctor's lies, "it's a new mesh", "it's a different procedure", "it's safe", "it's effective", "you will be better than ever"! (Or maybe he is not lying, just uneducated as so many doctors are.) In simple terms, synthetic bladder sling mesh under any name with any doctor and with any procedure is a life-threatening surgery!
If anyone tells you otherwise, just have them contact me for documentation and verification of everything written here. THIS IS THE TRUTH!
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SYNTHETIC SURGICAL MESH IS A FILTHY PETROLEUM WASTE BY-PRODUCT!
EDUCATE YOURSELF! READ THE SITE! TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN HEALTHCARE!
FILL OUT THE WORLDWIDE REGISTRY - MEMBERSHIP NOT NECESSARY!
PRINT OUT THE FDA'S 2008 & 2011 WARNINGS ON MESH FROM THIS SITE...
TAKE THEM TO YOUR NEXT DOCTORS' APPOINTMENT!
STAND UP! SPEAK OUT! HOLD DOCTORS AND DEVICE MAKERS ACCOUNTABLE!!
Gynecare TVT Mesh Complications Lana Keeton Dec 23, 2001
Gynecare TVT Mesh Complications - Necrotizing Fasciitis - Lana Keeton Dec 25, 2001
Lana Keeton, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Capitol Hill March 2012
Lana Keeton & Sara Schaumburg, Congressman Ed Markey's Office, Washington, D.C. March 2012
Gynecare TVT Mesh Removal Surgery Pics of Lana Keeton 06-21-2010
Explanted Gynecare TVT Mesh Lana Keeton 06-21-2010 1st Implanted Dec 21, 2001
Here at Truth in Medicine, we are fighting to keep this from happening to other women (and to men for hernia repair). May 2013 will mark the beginning of Year Six for Truth in Medicine's mission to get Synthetic Surgical Mesh off the market, though individual efforts started at the FDA in 2007. Those of us mesh injured patients who are able have been traveling to Washington speaking before Congress, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the FDA starting in early 2010.
A milestone came when our testimony from June 2010 was included in the IOM report on the flawed 510 (k) Premarket Notification (PMN) clearance process, which came out in August 2011. Add to that the July 13, 2011 FDA warning of the significant harm from transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse, and the floodgates of awareness of this medical disaster opened up. As a result, synthetic surgical mesh has become the "poster child" for bad medical devices on Capitol Hill.
We won some battles but this is not over. The fight continues. Still, hundreds of thousands of patients have mesh implanted every year for hernia repair, bladder suspension and pelvic organ prolapse, leading to horrific complications and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Despite the warnings, thousands of lawsuits and mandated 522 studies by the FDA people continue to be harmed every day.
We have to step up our efforts as patients educating patients! Please participate. Please take action. Please join our cause! We need your support, your donations and most of all, action on your part.
Tell everyone you know not to listen to claims “Minimally Invasive, Outpatient Procedure”. “Oh, it’s a new mesh and it’s better.” Please tell everyone you know the truth about mesh and the harm it causes. Don't let someone you know, someone you love be harmed!
ALL MESHES are capable of causing significant harm and even death. They shrink, they harden and they move within the body AFTER they are permanently surgically implanted. Having them surgically removed when they cause complications is like removing gum from hair.
The doctor has to surgically cut and remove your own tissue to get the mesh out. And most doctors who implant meshes do not have the surgical skills to remove them. Or how to locate them in your body with an MRI or CT Scan or Ultrasound.
Life altering catastrophic complications happen every day to patients from the surgical implantation of Synthetic Surgical Mesh for hernia repair, pelvic organ prolapse and bladder suspension, both male and female.
When this happens, doctors frequently have no idea how to deal with the complications. Or to avoid liability, they deny mesh is the root of the complications and/or frequently blame the patient.
Are you one of these patients? Has your doctor abandoned you? Do you need medical attention or just someone who believes you? We believe you. We will try to help you find the right medical treatment.
Truth in Medicine is fighting the sale of mesh by greed driven pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Truth in Medicine is focused on making changes to the 510(k) Premarket Notification “clearance” process at the FDA to better protect patients! Truth in Medicine has a presence in Washington and is determined to stop the atrocity of mesh implantation.
Many “outpatient procedures” are life threatening! Are they worth risking your life? Do you really need surgery? Is your doctor implanting a medical device? Is your doctor really telling you everything he or she knows?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no magic buttons. Doctors do not heal you. Doctors only have the ability to help your body heal itself.
If you already have mesh implanted, you can not change what happened to you. You can prevent it from happening to other people!! Your participation in our cause will make a difference! Please make a difference! Please register on the Worldwide Registry of Complications of Synthetic Surgical Mesh so we will be able to show the FDA and its’ CDRH the true number of people harmed by mesh!
REMEMBER…if you need surgery and do not have Synthetic Surgical Mesh already implanted in you, ask your doctor to repair your hernia, improve your incontinence symptoms or treat pelvic organ prolapse with an alternative procedure! If they don’t know an alternative procedure, find another doctor who does. You will be saving yourself lifelong heartache and pain.
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