Friday, October 26, 2007




Sweet Deal for the Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies…a NIGHTMARE FOR

YOU. You are the patient, who has a problem from mesh, Doctor says it’s not so.

You become invisible…doctor after doctor after doctor denies it’s the mesh, saying

they never had a problem with mesh. “All my mesh surgeries are perfect. Must be

something wrong with you…or your mind. Here take this prescription for Morphine.”

It must be a script…the answer is always the same no matter who your doctor is, or

more likely, was. You know you are never going back to that quack.

You are Eve and have just eaten Satan’s apple. You have just eaten the forbidden

fruit, “medical mesh.” Except the tree of knowledge of mesh is only evil…there’s no

good side to it! You’re done….forget your life as you knew it! You become invisible.

You become the victim of Frankenstein doctors who remove parts of you, cut your

nerves, disfigure and mutilate you inside, all the while telling you they will stop the pain.

Yeah right!! You become the walking wounded.





Thursday, August 2, 2007


Now is your chance to stand up and shine like a star!

Has your life and body been irrevocably changed (and not in a good way) by the Gynecare TVT System?

Tell it to the judge!
Stand up in a court of law and tell it like it is. I'm calling on all women who have been injured by this product and procedure to speak their piece.

Stand up and be counted! Let's unite to make certain no other innocent person has to suffer in pain for the rest of their lives because of a product and procedure that should not even be in the marketplace.

My lawsuit is the ideal platform from which to strike a blow at the company that manufactures and distributes the Gynecare TVT System.

I have filed a product liability lawsuit against Ethicon, Inc, Gynecare and Johnson & Johnson in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lana C. Keeton, Plaintiff Pro Se vs. Ethicon, Inc. (d/b/a Gynecare Worldwide) and Johnson & Johnson.

It is set for trial for October 1, 2007.

I need your help. Will you, and anyone else reading this with problems from the Gynecare TVT tape, please testify at trial? We have to help each other to stop this from happening to other women.

Please send me your contact info: name, e-mail address and phone number to:

Lana Keeton
Miami, Florida

August 17, 2007 is the deadline for my witness list, so please contact me now, or I will not be able to put you on the witness stand to tell your story.

A huge issue for all women, this procedure, if done at all, should only be done by an experienced urogynecologist. The procedure is blind. The doctor sticks a needle into your vagina and brings it out through the abdominal skin. They then look through a cystoscopy to make sure it is not in your bladder. The only thing they know from this, is that it is (problably) not in your bladder. No one knows where that tape is once it is inside of you.

That is, unless you have problems from it, of course. Problems that includes cutting into your bladder, your vagina, your urethra. Then, believe me, you definitely know where it is. You can feel it hurting you. At the same time, however, your doctor still does not know where the tape is for sure.

The Gynecare TVT System and its TVT Device (Prolene mesh tape) are inherently defective for more than one reason.

1. The tape itself has abrasive edges that cut human tissue. Sensitive, living tissue in organs like the bladder, the vagina, the urethra. It is a process that will not stop unless your doctor surgically intervenes in some manner.

I have reports from an expert witness that the edges of the tape are defective. Please contact me at if you would like me to send you the information.

2. The plastic sheaths that cover the tape for the purpose of implanting it in your body have to be pulled out after the tape is put inside you. Any movement of that tape after implantation is undesirable.

3. There is much more....

This has been a long arduous painful process for me. I hope I will be able to help other women not to suffer as I have. Please contact me.

Peace and Blessings,



I was an experiment.

I was research.

I am one of Johnson and Johnson's guinea pigs.

No amount of money will ever pay for the damage Johnson and Johnson intentionally perpetrated on me.

They knew when they put the Gynecare TVT Sling into the marketplace, it would harm me! They fully intended to harm me and thousands more in the name of the almighty dollar.

Johnson and Johnson has not taken the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors have taken the Hippocratic Oath which states: "First do no harm . . ."

Johnson and Johnson deliberately put a medical device into the stream of commerce that they knew without a doubt would harm someone. Their attitude?

“Oh, you’re just part of a very low percentage…less than 1% will be harmed.”

Guess again! Did you know that 1% of a million consumers is ten thousand consumers? That's an unacceptable number of women. Are they kidding? For each and every one of those ten thousand consumers, it is 100%.

I repeat, it is hundred percent! That’s 10,000 families of those 10,000 consumers whose lives will be impacted.

Not to mention the 10,000 doctors whose careers and personal lives are also put at risk. All because doctors took the Hippocratic Oath while Johnson and Johnson did not!

In their rush to the marketplace without clinical trials on medical devices, Johnson and Johnson is physically harming people, destroying their lives, and flooding the court system with lawsuits. They can afford it. They have lawyers who can afford to wait it out in court with countless delays for years while the injured struggle to survive the damage. There is a law regarding truth in lending. There needs to be a law regarding truth in medical devices.

Johnson and Johnson needs to change their credo which says, “Research must be carried on, innovative programs developed and mistakes paid for.”


by Johnson and Johnson

We believe our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to the mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services. In meeting their needs, everything we do must be of high quality. We must constantly strive to reduce our costs in order to maintain reasonable prices. Customers' orders must be serviced promptly and accurately. Our suppliers and distributors must have an opportunity to make a fair profit.

We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us throughout the world. Everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit. They must have a sense of security in their jobs. Compensation must be fair and adequate, and working conditions clean, orderly and safe. We must be mindful of ways to help our employees fulfill their family responsibilities. Employees must feel free to make suggestions and complaints. There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified. We must provide competent management, and their actions must be just and ethical.

We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvements and better health and education. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources.

Our final responsibility is to our stockholders. Business must make a sound profit. We must experiment with new ideas. Research must be carried on, innovative programs developed and mistakes paid for. New equipment must be purchased, new facilities provided and new products launched. Reserves must be created to provide for adverse times. When we operate according to these principles, the stockholders should realize a fair return.

In other words, harm the consumer as long as the stockholders realize their fair return!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


- LANA C. KEETON, JUNE 27, 2007
A GYNECARE TVT System was used to surgically implant a GYNECARE TVT Device, a non-absorbable PROLENE MESH TAPE , 1.1cm x 45 cm, Catalog/Model #810041 into me, Lana C. Keeton, on or about December 21, 2001. The surgery was performed on me at the Mt Sinai Hospital Gumenick Ambulatory Surgery Center, located at 4300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140. A life threatening infection was caused by the TVT Device itself, and by the procedure to implant the TVT Device, using the TVT System’s TVT Introducer and TVT Rigid Catheter Guide.
I underwent a second emergency surgery to remove the life threatening infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating bacteria. A large portion of the flesh and underlying tissue of the left side of the my stomach was removed to prevent certain death from the infection. The wound was not surgically closed. The wound was left open to be debrided and cleaned daily for weeks by health care professionals.
Following emergency surgery, I remained in the hospital in the burn unit of Ryder Trauma Center of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. While in Jackson Memorial, a million units of a broad spectrum of antibiotics was administered intravenously every two hours for at least four days following emergency surgery. The infection was not controlled.
A few days later, intravenous antibiotics were started again and administered for approximately another 8 days. Following discharge from Jackson Memorial Hospital, I returned to clinic every 3 to 5 days until early March to be treated. At the clinic, Doctors continued to cut infected tissue from the wound in my stomach. This cutting was done without anesthesia and it hurt, bad!On days I did not go to clinic, home health care nurses cleaned the wound twice daily for weeks. At the same time, gauze soaked with a bleach solution, called Dakins solution, was applied directly to and left in the open wound. Nasty! This was an extremely painful process.
The scar left by the wound has attached itself directly to the fascia below. As a result, the skin will not move where the scar is. The scar is not flat. It has crevices and is not straight. My stomach looks like a road map from the scars of the two surgeries and the multiple debridements (cutting and removing of infected tissue).
I lived with the ever present fear of death. In constant pain, I was in danger daily of death for almost three months. Re-hospitalization was required at the end of January 2002 because the infection was not controlled. During this entire time I was highly infectious and was in danger of being infected in other parts of my body. Infection of other parts of the body would have required removal of any site that the flesh eating bacteria moved to. Such a thing is so horrifying to live with that I remain traumatized and frightened of it all to this day.
I was a danger to others during this entire time. Anyone else contaminated with liquid from the wound would have required the same treatment as me, aggressive debridement of the infected area. A portion of the TVT Device (Prolene Mesh Tape) cut into my bladder following the two surgeries. That portion of the TVT Device has remained inside the bladder instead of supporting it as it was purportedly designed to do.
The portion of the TVT Device that remains inside my bladder has required continuing monitoring and multiple surgical procedures to remove it.
The TVT Device has cut and/or moved into my bladder for over 5 years. It continues now to cut and/or move into my bladder. I can feel that as I type this and it is an awful feeling, believe me! As if that isn’t bad enough, the cutting of the tissue by the TVT device causes ongoing bladder problems for me. I have become urge incontinent, have difficulty emptying my bladder and who knows, I may be unable to void in the future. I’ve discovered this is a progressive symptom caused by the movement of the TVT device within my body. My monitoring and surgical procedures will continue indefinitely.
Subsequently, my life became very complicated and unstable as a direct result of this surgery touted by doctors as a simple, outpatient procedure.
The whirlwind of activity included but was not limited to:
1) seeing doctors and going through procedures, not to mention the worry and anxiety of not knowing what was wrong with me.
2) medical malpractice lawsuit – providing documentation, consulting with attorneys, doing depositions.
3) product liability lawsuit – prosecuting the complaint, doing research, writing and filing motions, driving downtown to the courthouse, serving subpoenas, doing depositions, being humiliated, harassed and badgered by the counsel for the defendants at deposition.
Additionally, I was furthered injured by the malfunctioning of a medical device called the Harmonic Scalpel used during the surgical procedure to implant the TVT Device. The Harmonic Scalpel is manufactured, marketed, sold and distributed by the defendants in my lawsuit.
In addition, I lost approximately 700 cc’s of blood during the surgical procedure from the malfunctioning Harmonic Scalpel complicating the surgical procedure. This significant loss of blood compromised my ability to fight the infection, necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating bacteria.
Now, all that's not what I expected to happen from a little outpatient procedure!
Read On and Get Righteously Indignant!
In the United States, attention has been focused on drug prices and profits and programs that encourage doctors to write prescriptions for particular drugs or recommend particular medical devices.

Friday, June 15, 2007


Dr. Alan Garely of Mineola, NY, laughed when process server, Amir Levy, handed him the subpoena at his office on Friday afternoon, June 15, 2007.

My attorney will take care of this, he said, or words to that effect.

Sure enough, Garely's attorney, Catherine Mirabel, Fagler & Amsler, L.L.P. of East Meadow, NY did just that. In a conversation with me (I'm the Plaintiff Pro Se, Lana C. Keeton) on Monday, June 18, 2007, Ms. Mirabel told me personally that Dr. Garely had no information. Ms. Mirabel also stated that Dr. Garely had ended his relationship with Ethicon, Inc's, Gynecare Worldwide, a Johnson and Johnson Company.

Strange that Dr. Garely has no information about that relationship. Rather convenient as a matter of fact. Also of interest is that Ms. Mirabel faxed a copy of Dr. Garely's subpoenas to the office of the firm representing the defendants in the case before she made that phone call to Ms. Keeton.

In sworn testimony at a deposition on June 8, 2005, Dr. Bernard Cantor of Weston, Florida, stated "I believe I submitted a copy of the letter from Dr. Garely stating that I had taken his course [in the procedure to implant Gynecare TVT Prolene mesh tape] and was capable of performing the procedure."

For me, this is no laughing matter. Surgery performed in December 2001 by Dr. Bernard Cantor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida left me with necrotizing fasciitis, the "flesh eating bacteria." A Gynecare TVT device was implanted in my bladder during that surgery.

For the record, Plaintiff Pro Se Lana C. Keeton of Miami, Florida sued Ethicon, Inc, d/b/a Gynecare Worldwide and Johnson and Johnson in December 2005. The product liability lawsuit alleges that the Gynecare TVT System and its' Gynecare TVT Device are inherently defective. The lawsuit is currently pending before the United States District Court for the Southern Disctrict of Florida.

The images below are not for the faint-of-heart. Be forewarned. They are gruesome and the immediate results of my surgery. For additional information about what happened to me, keep your eyes peeled to this blog spot. Any interested parties may contact me at