How Do I Know If I Have MESH
Lately I have been reading comments left here on various blogs, according to the wording used in Google, from women who now wonder if they have mesh in their bodies and they want to know how to find out. I can understand as the health side effects after mesh implantation can take years of slow decline. Many women have had surgery after surgery for back and hip problems let alone all the infections and serious decline of kidneys or serious immune disorders that no one has answers for. Women begin searching to find out what their health issues are and what can be done and they find this blog and a sudden realization that it could be a mesh implant causes them concern and yet relief. This is because there has not been any answer for many years. So this morning I decided to write a blog to try to help women around the world get the answers they want.
First mesh has been in use for a long time, over forty years but it began to be used more prevalently with manufacturers producing kits. The following research will show you three companies and their patent progress since the year 2003. I did this research a few months ago around the middle of this year, so this will take you up to that time. I want all women to know that these companies are not the only ones being sued by injured women. ALL of the manufacturers have suits going on but these three are the top contenders. I will give you a link at the bottom of this blog to help you find out if mesh was used on you.
Facts. These three Corporations hold some patents for themselves but they also have PEOPLE who work for them who hold many patents in THEIR names. The following will give you an idea of how three corporations work. Everything they use in pelvic surgeries are patented separately. Mesh, slings, tools, anchors etc. Even a tool to stretch the mesh. I knew you’d love that one.
Top holder, A.M.S under two names. AMS and AMS research.
They began in 2003 and received patents for 8 items. From then on this is how they worked.
And 2014 to this date 4 already and we are half way through.
Ethicon (J & J)
They began in 1998 and I believe they were the first to implant in women. In 1998 they patented one.
Perhaps the lawsuit screwed them up because then nothing happened until 2005 and they did one
2008 (what happened then? Settlements folks) so zero patents
2012 (FDA had written the warning in July 2011 must have slowed them down) zero patent
2014, one so far this year
They didn’t begin their own patents until 2008 but they have many people who holds them. One person employed by them holds 36
2011, big jump 8
2014, 1 so far.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MESH WAS PUT INTO MY BODY AT THE TIME OF MY SURGERY?
Mesh has been used in surgeries for up to forty years. However, it has been in the forefront of pelvic and hernia surgeries for the last fifteen years.
I purchased my records from the hospital where the bladder sling was put into me, I found the brand name and product number on the operative nursing notes. Most are recorded on the operative report. I asked an RN who works in an operating center about how this works and she explain that there is usually a nurse in charge who will take the product number from the packet just opened and record it immediately.
I purchased my records from the hospital where the bladder sling was put into me, I found the brand name and product number on the operative nursing notes. Most are recorded on the operative report. I asked an RN who works in a operating center about how this works and she explain that there is usually a nurse in charge who will take the product number from the packet just opened and record it immediately. You can read more here.
Read information on where to find your records here
I have known a woman for a long time now and I wrote an update blog about her in November 2012 after she had her mesh removed. She had suffered over twelve years by that time and hers was put in her body before the FDA approval. You can read more about how bad her life was on a back link on this blog. Read here
Once you have the brand name and number, please go to the FDA site to report your complications. You should not be afraid to do this as you are not obligated to speak to any representative of the company who sold your mesh. Read more here
In the next few days I will write another blog about tests that will show you where your mesh problems are.