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Prolene Hernia System complications

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I need help again. I finally found a doctor to look at me and i will be going in on Monday. I need to find more info on it.

Let me explain, The more info i take in on it the better. I have Several pages from the FDA Adverse effects reports, i have one more article i printed up and i have my operative report. I need anyone who has had this mesh patch in to give a little story (only if you do not mind me printing this up and taking it in with me), this has been a rough hard time for me, gone through too much to find anyone that can help.

I do not sleep more than 5 hours a night, Numbness at incision, right thigh to knee cap, if i stand up wrong than i get a sharp shooting pain and i fall down, i can not lay on my right side, pants hurt, numbness to the lower right rib, I can not run or walk long distances, I have to walk slow and i have a limp, i can not play with my kids the way i would love to and they deserve, when laying flat i have a small lump that is always in a different spot, inside burning sensation when touched on any of the numb areas, i need to lose weight but can't because i can't use my tummy muscles at all, Frequently constipated or have the runs, lately food does not agree with me at all (heart burn, indigestion), Can not do outside activities without severe pain (i fish anyway because it is something i can tolerate without drugs with my kids), i take alieve daily for pain and for migraine (caused by limping and throwing neck out) and Tylenol PM (3 barely even work anymore) just so i can sleep. As i write this i want to cry because sitting here hurts so bad. I got to be strong though... right?

So the list goes on and if ANYONE CAN HELP please respond with your problems to the Johnson and Johnson PHS Prolene Hernia System by Ethicon. I had it put in 2004, knew nothing of it except the surgeon swore by it. I'm going on 5 years with this pain, my 4 year old has never had the pleasures of playing with mom like his big sister has, his big sister helps a lot of keeping him occupied (back rides pulling wagons... ) and has been great but she is 8 and not his mom. She shouldn't have to do that.
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replied July 13th, 2009
Prolene Hernia System by Ethicon
Hello, you could be my twin sister! (much younger though ha!) I had mine placed in 2002 when my grandson was almost 2. Like your youngest, he never new the pleasures of a doting grandmother from me. I was 46. Within a year I began suffering from scarring boils on and around my incision on top of nearly every other symptom you describe. I have taken massive amounts of antibiotics over the years but the boils always return. The pain has never truly stopped, wavered, but never stopped. In 2005 I had a discectomy (sp) involving C5 through C7. Between the 2 surgeries I could no longer work and applied for disability. After a year and half and losing everything, they finally granted it. I am now like you...looking for help. Should anyone find it please write me. Good Luck to you...and me.
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replied July 18th, 2009
I have been very pleased with my outcome using this product 2 years ago. I had very minimal pain after surgery (was done open) and did not need the pain pills. Was driving after 3 days and this was after a very large hernia was repaired. I had a weakness years ago on the other side and was expecting a hernia there and it has happened recently. Am planning to use the Prolene system to repair that one when I have the time. Good luck on your problems. From my experience, I would recommend.
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replied July 18th, 2009
I just realized that I didn't mention that mine was a right inguinal hernia repair. From the symptoms listed by wlkwithwolf, I just assumed (compared to my own experience) her surgery was inguinal also. Not only was I driving in 3 days, but I returned to full time work as an office manager. Recovery from the surgery was easy enough, but yeah, I used the pain killers. The surgery is not the problem. It is what has happened since. Out of 5 doctors, only one has seemed interested in what has CAUSED my disability. The rest want to just treat the symptoms.
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replied September 27th, 2009
Just an update.
It's me again.

I still have no doctor that wants to even take a look. I went to a surgeon and he wanted to send me to another state to do pain management. Well, i told him I've been through that and just yesterday i went to the hospital (ER run for my mom) and the doctor there is going to look into it. I had asked when my other doctor will be back (maternity leave) and he asked if he can help. I gave him the sum up and he is to get back with me on Tuesday.

It has been a heck of a 5 years now. I hate the pain, i still do not sleep at night and only one doctor says "we will take care of this one way or another"

So frequently when i stand up i have a sharp burning hot stabbing pain in the crease of my right leg. It drops me to my knees and I can not breath. Any movement makes it hurt more.

I've told the Doctor yesterday that i want an MRI. So we will see what happens.

P.S mom is ok, she just had a ladder fall on her head. concussion and small cut on her nose.
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replied June 3rd, 2011
I have had the same sort of problems. I had an inguinial hernia repair to my right abdomen back in 2008 and ever since it has been weeping and inflamed. It seems to come and go, but pain does radiate from the spot, down my leg and into my groin.
It is hard to walk most of the time. And the doctors refuse to look at it besides touch it and ask "does this hurt" I reply "yes very much so", with a Howell of pain. I had it checked out again today and they said there is nothing they can do and to come back when its weeping! In my mind what is the difference. But any way I thought I would share that. I have some surgeries coming up and I am afraid it will turn out like this one did. Thank you fine doctors of New Jersey!!! O and by the way they killed me on the operating table....too much anastasia.
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replied June 8th, 2011
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replied June 8th, 2011
Google "Freedom Inguinal" and watch the first video that comes up from insightra. I am just a patient, but people should know about this who have an inguinal hernia
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replied May 18th, 2012
Just for the record, after much research I went with a traditional mesh fix and it worked great. The more I understood about Inquinal hernia repair, it became obvious that "Freedom Inquinal" is a bonehead idea. It has been adopted by ZERO surgeons and even prominent Italian Surgeons I contacted dissed it completetly
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replied May 18th, 2012
Ethicon Prolene Mesh caused Staph infection
I too have had complications from the ethicon prolene mesh. I had a hernia repair on 8/8/2008 and shortly after had experienced flu like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, blurred vision, loss of sleep, constant pain at sight. I went in to the Doctor and I was told that I was ok and had no signs of complications from it. That is until June of 2010 when the area the hernia was repaired with that mesh flooded open with fluid and I was taken to emergency. Within an hour they had determined that I was septic (another words, an infection was present that was in my bloodstream. I was scheduled for surgery and the doctor rearranged the days surgeries to place me on immediate surgery. Next thing I know I'm lying in a cold metal bed being told that I should count backwards and when I awoke, I wasn't the same. I didn't know the severity of what was happening until later. I thought that they were removing the mesh. Wrong. I was informed that the mesh caused so much infection that there was major decay and they needed to remove a large portion of my abdomen. Oh, and a piece of mesh was lodged into one of my organs and it was too dangerous to remove it. So, I went in with an abdomen and came out with a large hole where my belly button once was. The hole was so large nearly two fists could go inside of me. I had sterile gauze as filler and was sent home with a wound vac. My entire summer was spent mostly lying down confined to my home. I lost a ton of wages, suffered tremendous loss from personal relationship to financial bottom. Not to mention the pain and deformity. I have recently started getting up from the hell this caused and am ready to fight! My stomach still has a hole the size of a pin hole and it releases fluid every day. Ive been in and out of the hospital for infections and I can no longer lift anything as it will not only cause pain but damage as well. My hernia is still there too. What I have left is a positive attitude and am very grateful to those that stand by me. My life is so different but I refuse to stop and feel sorry for myself. This product needs to be removed from the medical facilities as a remedy. People need to be aware of the dangers. Good luck to everyone who has suffered because of this.
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replied May 29th, 2012
Infected Mesh Repair
Thank you, I feel like you are telling my story to the "T". I just came home from the hospital 5 days ago with an open incision from mesh removal due to bad infection. I was also told that within 2 or 3 days I would have been septic. Infected mesh was removed and some mesh was "saved". Today, the home nurse is beginning to talk about the "wound vac". How are you doing today?
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replied June 4th, 2012
My husband just found out he also had The Ethicon prolene mesh implant in NOV 2011. 10 days later he was hospitalized with MRSA. The surgeon had to remove an Atrium CQUR mesh and replaced it with the Ethicon. 7 months now and hes not getting any better.
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replied June 5th, 2012
Does anyone have any advise regarding legal action? My husband has had almost all the complications that have been discussed. He has had over 10 surgeries in the past 5 years. He lives in CONSTANT pain. We are about to lose our home. This has been a nightmare.
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replied June 5th, 2012
wbster- do you know what hernia meshes were used? It all depends on the manufacturer of the mesh on which legal route you should take. We are going through the same issues. My husband cannot work, he is in constant pain and we have had to sell everything we had worked hard for, just to survive. His surgery was in Sept 2011 and another in Nov 2011 to remove the first one, then the second one has still not healed. he is on pain management and refused to go for SS disability because he wants to save that for a last resort. has your husband gotten infections? Where is his mesh? What type of mesh? You can get an attorney to get everything together for you. A medical product does not have to have been recalled in order to get legal help. If you have proof that the mesh(s) caused his medical problems, then talk to a lawyer. I would love to know what the meshes are, maybe they are the same as the ones my husband has and has had. I cannot give my email address here, but you can reply to me here.
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replied June 26th, 2012
Prolene mesh
My father died from the prolene ethicon mesh patch he had placed to repair his hernia. Long story short, His patch broke inside him winding around his bowel strangulating it. It took 6 weeks in the ICU for him to slowly die a horrible death. My story is online. Google Lana Keeton from Miami. She is an advocate for mesh survivers and has her own website called "Truth in medicine" Good luck to you all.
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replied June 26th, 2012
Leasafb- Tahnk you for your story. This is what I am afraid may happen to my husband. he went to see a specialist who showed us the CT scan done 4 months after his second surgery (this is the ethicon) It showed a new hernia which has worked its way above his sternum. he is sick every single day, there is no telling what the surgeon will find when he has his next surgery in July. It will be a difficult surgery because the mesh has been in for 8 months by July. I know the Truth in Medicine site, and Lana is wonderful.
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replied June 27th, 2012
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Truth in Medicine?? Lana Keeton?? Uughhhhhhh! This woman has a glitzy website and a horde of minions that go to the various hernia websites and post to get people to go to her website and pay the 'subscription' fee to get help. A total opportunist! I called her once and never heard back from her. I also emailed her several times and never heard back from her. While I sympothize with what your husband, and others, are going through (I am also a chronic pain sufferer from hernia surgery), don't rely on Lana to help you find a complete resolution to your problems. Be your own advocate and use networks like this to get answers and find alternative solutions.
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replied June 27th, 2012
hernia mesh
No one in their right mind would use one resource as research for this mess. There are several sites that are full of hernia mesh sufferers and their stories. Topix is a good one.
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replied June 27th, 2012
When my dad died from this, I could barely find anything online about it. I knew what happened to him before he passed because the surgeon that did the emergency surgery on him to find out where his pain was coming from took pictures. It looked like the string that you bind turkey with at Thanksgiving. But then none of the doctors that treated him while he was dying would admit to the mesh being at fault. They said everything from soup to nuts but never said it was the mesh. When he passed away I found a lawyer and another surgeon to look at the pictures and the surgeon said that mesh was all through him and all broken. I had a hard time back in 2007 to get anyone to help me. It ended up since I was older than 25, I wasn't allowed to sue for malpractice. Even though I am his daughter. I could however sue for product malfunction but no lawyer wanted to go up against Johnson and Johnson because back then there was hardly anyone complaining about the subject. So I never got anywhere with it. Now I look online and see the internet has blown up with complaints about these mesh patches. I do know that these doctors will cover for one another and it is hard to get them to admit that the patch is what is causing the pain. And to get one to take it out is another story. Back in 2007, some people were having to leave the country to have the mesh taken out. I really wish that I could have somehow been compensated for my dads needless death. I am so leary of the medical community now after witnessing all that happened to him.
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replied June 27th, 2012
Mesh
I cannot say that I blame you being leary of the medical community. What state did this happen in? Differrent states have different rules regarding statue of limitations. Some say the statute expires so long after the problem is discovered. Some say so long after the date of implant. You lost your dad! I think that should never expire. The thing killed him, and for that I feel so badly for you. Some doctors wont listen, some would rather have it be the medical devise so they do not get sued for malpractice, but in the end, it is what it is. The fact that the truth was discovered after he died does not change the fact that it killed him. I can tell you that my husbands surgeon could not figure out what is causing his pain. Even looking at the CT scan, he could not figure it out. The specialist saw it right away! It is so clear what is causing my husbands pain, even he and I saw it on the scan even though we have no medical education. Same thing happened to a friend in Texas, same exact mesh, same story. Then they went to see a specialist and he saw it right away. They do harden, maybe not in everyone, but that doesnt matter, the fact is it harmed YOUR dad. I wish you the best, I really do. I cannot even begin to understand how you have been able to deal with this loss.
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replied May 20th, 2013
Prolene Hernia System From H*LL!!!!
I had an inguinal hernia repair in my low right pelvic area in 2006 with the prolene hernia system and my leg gives out on me and I limp when I walk. I have severe nerve entrapment. My dr had severed my ingional nerve to put this mesh from hell in my body at the age of 26 and every since I have been living a nightmare, I can no longer enjoy life with my children meaning I'm in so much pain I can't play and do activites anymore. Ethicon-J&J have ruined my life and I have no idea if I'm going to make it through this since they can't remove my mesh because it will kill me and then on the other hand it is killing me everyday I am sick 24/7 and it feels like I have a disease which I just found out about it causing auto immune or cancer which is horrible, I had another surgery on my mesh because a part of it started to come through my stomach and when he went in I was on the table for about two hours with him trying to fix the defect and its a big mess in there broken off and stabbing me. There is more about what this mesh has done to me but it would be a book if I put it all down. I just wanted to let you know what I have been dealing with all over an inguinal hernia!!! God Bless Everyone and Good Luck !!!!!! Can anyone please help me find a lawyer or tell me if they are filing lawsuits for this mesh yet???
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