Whether you will read that pelvic mesh surgery is good or bad depends on the source of the words. That should be common sense. The mesh-makers say its great stuff – a wondrous material. The consumer advocacy groups say it harms a lot of women – leaves them much worse off. “In a survey of 2,220 women who had undergone pelvic mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, 59% said the procedure did not resolve their original issue, and 58% said they were left experiencing pain during intercourse. However, this was a consumer survey, carried out by the consumer advocacy group, the Health Issues Centre, rather than being a scientific study.” (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/31/vaginal-pelvic-mesh-explainer). How many women are getting these surgeries? “The latest available FDA figures show approximately 300,000 women in the US undergo surgical procedures for prolapse each year and approximately 260,000 underwent surgical procedures to repair stress incontinence. According to industry estimates, approximately one out of three prolapse surgeries used mesh, and of the incontinence surgeries, over 80% were done transvaginally with mesh.” (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/31/vaginal-pelvic-mesh-explainer).
But just having a surgical complication does not mean someone did something wrong. Defense lawyers refer to something they call “acceptable risk” when saying that some patients will have unavoidable complications – even in the best of worlds. That’s true… sometimes. But what about when mesh simply disintegrates? Falls apart into many many splinter-like pieces that cause excruciating pain and other problems? What if the manufacturer knew that these complications could be avoided if they made the mesh out of expensive materials but opted to use cheap “blue shit” instead? That’s a different situation, right?
If you, a family member, a loved one, a friend, or anyone you know has had pelvic surgery that involves mesh and had complications wherein the mesh fell apart, it may be time for you or that other person to contact a lawyer. There are statutes of limitations (deadlines), so waiting too long can mean no case. Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. offers free consultations on mesh cases for patients who had surgery in California.
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“This is not going to go away anytime soon and competition will have a field day,” Smith warned in an email. “Major damage control offensive needs to start to educate the reps and surgeons UPFRONT that they will see BLUE shit and it is OK. This is why I wanted to launch TVT-O in clear!!!!” (http://fida-advocate.blogspot.com/2014/05/dallas-observer-ethicon-and-blue-shit.html).
Well, it was NOT okay… far from it!
The United States is suffering from a prescription opioid epidemic, the likes of which has never been seen before. In the late 1980s, when I was in medical school, I was correctly taught that opioids were addictive and dangerous pain relieving medications which should be used in very limited situations. I was taught that opiate pain relievers were only to be used for short-term treatment of severe acute pain like that experienced immediately following surgery or for long-term palliative (end-of-life) care in cancer patients. My respected medical school professors and fellow students did not question these ethical and wise standards. Recognizing the huge profits that can be made from these addictive substances, the opioid manufacturers and distributors have systematically eroded such established and respected views and created a demand for opiates from patients and their physicians.
Many people wrongly believe that those who suffer from opiate abuse and die from opiate overdoses are heroin addicts and abusers of other illegal street drugs. Those beliefs may have been true decades ago, but currently the majority of opiate abusers are abusing prescription opiates. The prescription opiates causing the physical, economic, and social devastation are made by largescale pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributed by billion-dollar wholesalers, prescribed by licensed healthcare providers, and sold by pharmacies. The only true link to heroin and the current opiate epidemic is that most of today’s heroin users abused prescription opiates before turning to heroin to feed their addiction.
Civil lawsuits wherein a plaintiff city, county, or state sues the manufacturers and distributors of opioids can provide a means of recovery for the money spent fighting the opioid epidemic. If you are a government official, and would like more information about recovering money from opioid manufacturers and distributors, call Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. for a free consultation. Paul is available to meet with you, speak at your meetings and conferences, answer questions, and explain what kinds of recovery may be available. Potential clients outside of California may also contact Paul for a referral to a local attorney. Paul can explain how governmental entities can create, and pass, a resolution to allow it to retain private attorneys to and file a contingent suit. Successful politicians care for their constituents and are good stewards of their constituents’ money. Getting money back from those responsible for its loss is part of that goal.