Medical devices are supposed to solve our medical ailments, not cause them. What am I missing here?
However, the FDA announced last summer that it was concerned about problems caused by surgical mesh – a medical device implanted, usually in women, to repair a hernia or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Problems can involve bleeding, infection, pain, and urinary problems. Then, earlier this year, the FDA ordered makers of surgical mesh to more closely study the risks involved with their products. As of today, Johnson & Johnson, one of several manufacturers, has stated it will no longer sell surgical mesh products. (Recall that this is the same Johnson & Johnson who also made the now-recalled DePuy ASR hip implants.)
What does this mean to you:
Though surgical mesh has not been recalled, it has caused enough issues to raise serious concerns. Keep in mind that complications following a surgery are not always “normal,” and may actually be related to a medical device with known problems.