Comments from Lana Keeton, speaker Transvaginal Mesh Panel, Mass Torts Made Perfect, April 2012 Las Vegas sent via e-mail on 04-28-2012 to all of the following email addresses.
ALL OF THESE PLAINTIFFS ATTORNEYS KNOW THE TRUTH!
Dear MDL Litigators,
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For those of you who don’t know me, my patient advocacy organization, Truth in Medicine, and I were instrumental in getting the FDA warnings on synthetic surgical mesh issued in 2008 and 2011. Based on that work, I appeared as a speaker on the Transvaginal Mesh Panel at Mass Torts Made Perfect April 20, 2012 in Las Vegas.
It’s important to understand, this is a bigger fight than a lawsuit and a product.
Use of synthetic surgical mesh is a fatally flawed concept which remains unchallenged. Hernias, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are conditions caused by torn or weakened tissue. These are not diseases, only conditions. Implanting a foreign body polymer, synthetic surgical mesh, does not treat causation.
Treating the symptoms with synthetic mesh is a confounding factor in these conditions. Based on my extensive research, the simple act of implantation is the culprit. The complications are complicated. The cause is not. It’s the device, not the doctor, not the procedure, not the patient.
I. ABDOMINAL SACRAL COLPOPEXY
Abdominal sacral colpopexy is not a better, safer alternative than mesh kits for pelvic organ prolapse. It has a high complication rate and a long recovery. In addition, a significant complication is stress urinary incontinence (SUI) leading to further surgery and the use of synthetic mesh slings, which is the subject of current litigation.
Recurrent prolapse: 8% - 24%
Repeat surgery: 5% - 9%
Stress Urinary Incontinence: 10%
TVT/Ob-Tape: 3% - 13%
(recommended postoperatively for SUI)
Attached you will find a description of the procedure and a listing of some studies demonstrating these complications. Highlighted notes show the severity of this procedure and its complications. This is well documented in other long standing literature. It is a very intrusive procedure drastically cutting the internal pelvic organs with a long recovery period.
There are significantly better, safer surgical and non-surgical alternatives.
II. POLYPROPYLENE DEGRADATION AND DECOMPOSITION
As a steel broker with 30 years experience and an excellent knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of steel, I have researched the physical and chemical properties of the commercial uses of polypropylene and other polymers. Polypropylene is not inert, degrades and decomposes in commercial use. Medical device manufacturers know this.
Labeling polypropylene and other foreign body polymers as biocompatible and inert because it is used for a medical device is a misnomer, a misrepresentation and not true. I have a significant compilation of studies demonstrating synthetic surgical mesh implanted for hernia repair, bladder suspension and pelvic organ prolapse repair degrades and decomposes when implanted.
My analysis looks at these foreign body polymers from a manufacturing perspective and the inherent defects that are impossible to escape.
I wish all of you success as you go forward seeking justice for your clients. While you are seeking justice, I am working at the FDA and in Congress as a patient advocate to get synthetic surgical mesh off the market.
Advocacy is not enough. This has to be approached on every level possible. That is why I am pleased to consult attorneys based on my thousands of hours of research as a Pro Se Plaintiff against Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon in federal court, as a patient advocate and as a mesh injured patient.
If you contract with me, I will be happy to consult you and provide you additional information. Wishing you many victories in court!
All the best,
Lana C. Keeton,
Med Device Expert LLC
901 Pennsylvania Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-342-8002 cell phone
786-566-7780 cell phone