Johnson City, TN: Linda Girard and Michelle Groff live miles apart; they had different doctors and had completely different surgeries, but they had one thing in common: Ethicon's Vicryl sutures, the same makers of Panacryl sutures, were used. And both women suffered excruciating pain from life-threatening infection caused by sutures that did not absorb. There is currently a lawsuit against Panacryl sutures...
"I had exactly the same problems that Panacryl sutures caused," says Groff. "These Vicryl sutures caused granulomas (small areas of inflammation due to tissue injury) and my doctor called them 'spitting sutures'. He told me that my body would absorb them within a few months, but that never happened.
"In 2005 I had surgery for an ACL reconstruction - I tore a ligament in my knee—and was sent home to recover. But exactly one week later I developed a fever and had extreme pain in my knee that had the surgery. I noticed a red blotch like a burn right above it and the pain got so bad that I went back to ER.
My white cell count was very high - a sign of infection. The ER doctor drained my knee that night and said I needed surgery right away to clear the infection. They did surgery first thing in the morning. I was in hospital for four days with a pic line pumping heavy antibiotics into my vein. They assigned an infectious disease doctor to me and he prescribed more antibiotics to take home.
During my post-op visits to the orthopedic doctor I would complain that pus was coming out of the incision and the sutures were spitting—they were coming up through my skin and it was an awful pain. At one point he took a few sutures out and said it was 'nothing abnormal'. But how normal is 18 months and three more surgeries to finally get rid of the problem? The diagnosis was MRSA—a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics. I still don't know if I am completely rid of this infection but I do know those sutures stayed in my body for a very long time.
I asked the original surgeon, the one who performed the surgery on my knee, why it kept getting infected. He doubted it could be from the surgery because it didn't happen right away. He said I possibly had a bacteria on my skin that could have caused it. But this infection was deep in my knee so it was obvious that something had gone wrong during the surgery. At the time I had no idea these sutures could have been the cause.
I did some research online and read that Ethicon, the makers of Panacryl and Vicryl sutures, voluntarily recalled both products at different times and I also read that most doctors didn't even know about the recall. In fact these sutures were still on some hospital shelves. Not one month ago I saw a plastic surgeon (again for my knee) and he had never heard of the recall. I insisted that he not use Vicryl or Panacryl sutures and he reassured me that he would use another brand, made by another manufacturer.
I've lost a lot of money—even with Blue Cross I am in a lot of debt. And I missed almost three months of work; I work for a non-profit company so I was lucky because they hired me back. I am only 35 and it's going to be a long haul to get back on my feet again, both physically and financially.
I know about the lawsuit against Panacryl but even if there isn't a lawsuit against Vicryl, I want to warn others to stay away from this product. I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy, not even the people at Ethicon. But they should be held responsible. I don't know about Vicryl but I do know they didn't test the Panacryl sutures enough.
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Posted by Tammi Sellers
I am dealing with this one month into a melanoma removal from my lower leg. Returned to my Dr. last week for infection that wont heal and these sutures coming through my closed incision and from openings starting in my closed incision. I now have more places which are still trying to expell them! Very painful and have missed so much work from the infection and dr. visits to deal with this!
Posted by mary roman
need help with panacryl suit. required second surgery because of the products failure.
Posted by Torrie Lyons
While the Panacryl suture is now of issue for law suits,the vicryl sutures have never actually been resolved and have had far reaching harm for many yrs since it was in the spot light and repeatedly recalled,currently so,with many since it was litigated.I am a early victim when these were put in my chest in a breast operation.Who focused on sutures being dangerous,and deadly.While I noticed various things shortly after,that I had to believe was something I could answer as why.Then I should have died when gotten into my organs(GAllbladder/liver)that I had to fight doctors to even check despite a raging infection and unbearable abdominal pain for nearly a yr and I bedridden and skin and bones.I had to hire a surgeon myself and fire the doctor who tried to convince me it was in my female organs.Taking my reproductive system to again put these sutures in my.These would work into my bowls and I bled for 2 1/2 yrs until I fought to hire a surgeon to go in and deal with this.This began causing ruputures in my face that again I was sent back to the intial doctor having put them in my face and was still using them a decade later.Insistant that there was nothing wrong with them despite visually working up and across my face like moving scars that forced up as strange hard layer.These sutures have tunneled thru me like a cancer,but are man made.I have traced them now to 5 different medical facility and them repeatedly used in me everytime I incurred a health/medical problem.while treated crazy as they continued to visually disfigure me and it took me a dozen yrs of fighting to find someone and treatment for this that I knew was seriously defective and met with that of turned back on me as if I either was crazy,causing it to myself,or determined to ignore that going on right under doctors noses.Even when the facts dropped right into my lap about these deadly sutures doctors wished to dismiss them and claim such as that they could not find anything about and could not be the problem.I have nearly died at least 3 times,lost a child,lost organs and my reproductive system,currently have the abnormal fibrotic layer forcing up thru my skin,had to endure unbearable pain and suffering,suffered on health problem after another,and these sutures do not desolve and continue to tunnel while fragmenting,under the skin trying to be rejected by the body,with the deep subjection of them put in my chest and running stitch around each of a higher gauge than was use in the excises in my face excises when it ruptured there and would not heal,with doctor putting back in me the same thing to layer a double nightmare that ran up one site in and thru my eye.In all this I fought long and hard and to become homebound unable to get medical help and care,being ignored and poopooed,with doctors claiming such not sutures that failed to desolve.In a last effort to regain my health or throw in the towel,resorted to healthier alternatives,to begin a hell on earth insanity,causing me to literally fight and claw up the walls of my grave,when my defense system kicked in and I had fibers popping out my skin up to 6 inches long.that having formed a hard layer around the suture forced up thru my skin and I unable to get help needed that surgery was required to remove it as the only effective treatment.Such a mesh that caused a abnormal layer formed around it of that tunneled under the skin from several excises having tunneled and twisted together under one eye on one side and across and up against my cheek bone and nose,on the other.Which had cut off my sinuses until I unable to sleep or suffocate.as it worked up my head,neck and face I lost hearing in one ear and tightened my head that I lost my shortterm memory,when I managed to cleanse my system and colon for my body to reject this it forced the hair out of my head.had work down my extremities.I literally saw these in the hands of doctors trying to convince me they were safe and use all the time w/out problems,these having taken now a decade and half of my life and health,to have them be on the urgent recall list the next month.While the Panacryl sutures are of issue now in a class action suit,why is this company not hammered for continuing to be caught and repeating this after being sued once?the more I check the more horror stories I find.I have 3 doctors and facitlities that put them in me that it is insane to not think that during all the yrs they used by them there is not countless people having died or caused inexcuseable nightmares,disabled,disfigured and worse.I documented what happened to me and continues not knowing if I would survive,hoping someone else could be spared in the event I did not,if I could get the documentation and also that which I collected having been forced out of me up thru the skin.I have lost everything in efforts to survive this,that includes my health,looks and physical capacities.It is impossible to get medical care of doctors to take serious these effects of these sutures that they cannot bother checking the history on and simply want to process as disposable assets,while we suffer from big medicine as these companies get away with things like this
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