you are wrong The vaginal mesh Helpline is over seen by a Medical Social worker who spends a great deal of time with each and every caller. have you ever called them ? They help locate a Doctor for these poor suffering women.
Are you aware of the kinds of things doctors are saying to women about the mesh from it is all in your head to see this one and that one offering them absolutely no help at all. I am horrified by your response. These women with the mesh are suffering both physically and emotionally. They cannot get their doctors to help them. There are only a handful of urogynecologists helping women by removing the ,mesh. I suggest you check things out before you comment.
We are going to have to disagree on this topic and web site. There are many many qualified Urogynecologist and even some very good gynecologist that routinely deal with mesh complications. Should you are someone you know have a problem, I would be happy to see them or refer them to someone in their area that should be able to help. Thank you for your question & comment. J. Kyle Mathews MD
I will absolutely send women to you if you can help them. I am a medical social worker and I speak routinely to women and listen to their stories of agony. Their lives have been ruined and very often the MD who implanted the mesh is not helping them. They actually are told amazing things by their doctors Many have even been laughed at. Just for the record The vaginal mesh os not a class action. It is a MUlti district litigation consolidated by a panel of Judges to a certain jurisdiction in a state tat is picked by the judges.
The cases will all become part of an MDl no matter what legal venue they begin in. The mesh was actually approved on what is known as a fast track by the FDA. A manufacturer must merely prove it is close enough to a product already approved. My women callers are suffering. They need medical and emotional support. They need someone to help them thru this.
Many marriages have been ruined. Many can no longer work and they no longer have insurance to get help. I have been trying to locate doctors who would help these women and It has not been easy. You cannot fathom the pain and stories until you speak to 100's . Should they pursue legal action ? Of course the first priority must be the medical. If you know of doctors who can remove a mesh i would be happy to help these women. I would love to speak to you.
Lisa Spitzer MSW
I would suggest you direct patient to doctors that are members of AUGS or SGS. Most of these physicians are capable of helping patient with true mesh complications and many of them are in private practice. They like me see new patients daily. I am well aware of the FDA & the 501 k approval process. I am less versed in the legal aspects in which you appear to have some expertise. It is truely unfortunate that many women have been harmed with mesh. I like most of the doctors that treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse are happy to help when we can. Thank you for your comment. Dr. Mathews
the problem might not only be the way it is implanted but the device itself has not gone through a very rigorous approval process:
The devices you speak of, Prolift, Prolift M, Prosima, and TVT secure are being discontinued because of a business decision. It was too costly to continue to support. Prolift, Prolift M and TVT Secure have been placed in thousands of patients with vary favorable rests. A study to be published soon looks at 1000 patients with Prolift and the complications, exposures of mesh, etc were very low. In most cases, matters more who puts your mesh in than what mesh they use. J. Kyle Mathews, MD
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