Thousands of women sue over surgical mesh
by Kate Brumback, Associated Press
February 08, 2013 11:25 AM | 2034 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Susan Harrison, 63, of Lawrenceville, Ga., left, and Vea Gaby, 73, of Athens, embrace after telling their stories about complications from having surgical mesh placed in their pelvic cavities following an interview in their attorney's office, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. The Georgia women are some of the thousands of women nationwide who have sued manufacturers of the surgical mesh, claiming they’ve suffered severe complications and intense physical pain when the flexible plastic mesh hardened inside their bodies. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Susan Harrison, 63, of Lawrenceville, Ga., left, and Vea Gaby, 73, of Athens, embrace after telling their stories about complications from having surgical mesh placed in their pelvic cavities following an interview in their attorney's office, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. The Georgia women are some of the thousands of women nationwide who have sued manufacturers of the surgical mesh, claiming they’ve suffered severe complications and intense physical pain when the flexible plastic mesh hardened inside their bodies. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Lynn Waits, 55, of Covington, Ga., left, Susan Harrison, 63, of Lawrenceville, right, and Vea Gaby, 73, of Athens, front, all who had surgical mesh placed in their pelvic cavities, are photographed in their attorney's office, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. The Georgia women are some of the thousands of women nationwide who have sued manufacturers of the surgical mesh, claiming they’ve suffered severe complications and intense physical pain when the flexible plastic mesh hardened inside their bodies. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the makers of surgical mesh used to treat incontinence and other pelvic problems in women.

The lawsuits accuse the companies of inadequate testing, failing to disclose potential risks and fraudulently promoting the mesh as a safe medical device. The manufacturers deny those allegations in court documents. Some companies have released statements saying they did extensive testing and insist their products are safe and effective.

While many women benefit from the mesh surgery, the Food and Drug Administration has warned some can suffer complications. But some doctors have said the warning — and the lawsuits — are misguided. The doctors blame inexperienced surgeons.

The mesh is used to support the bladder and other organs that slip because of age, childbirth or other reasons.

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April 14, 2014
It's good to see mesh complications make it in to the news, because they rarely do. However it seems even when they do, they often tend to still report in the mesh"s favor. Mesh manufacturers want us to believe any complications are the doctors fault. This is not true. The product hardens, shrinks, and erodes(CUTS) through surrounding tissue/organs/etc. The actual number of reported mesh complications and lawsuits is also often misreported. There are currently over 60,000 lawsuits against six different manufacturers. Even the FDA confirms that complications are "NOT rare", yet doctors still use it regularly, claiming it is safe, quick & easy. Potential patients need to know all the warnings and facts upfront, but usually don't because doctors will claim they didn't know either and were misinformed by sales reps. Women need to know there are ALTERNATIVES to surgery with mesh. They did fix POP and SUI for YEARS before mesh was invented. Again, even the FDA stated there is NO evidence that repairs with mesh provide any benefit over non-mesh repairs, yet mesh causes many serious risks that non-mesh surgery does not.
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