The hunt is on for doctors who do “traditional”, non-mesh, repairs for POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse), SUI (Stress Uriniary Incontenence), Hernia, and/or have experience with FULL mesh removal and repairs for damages caused by mesh complications.
Those who need repairs done, are having trouble finding doctors who are experienced with non-mesh repairs, such as the fascia sling surgery for SUI using your own tissue. Those who already have complications from mesh implants need help with mesh removal and repairs for the damages done.
Most doctors STILL use Mesh
That’s just a fact. Most doctors that do surgery for POP, SUI, and Hernia STILL use mesh. In fact, many of them actively use and promote the use of surgical mesh, in spite of there being over 100,000 lawsuits against all different kinds of mesh products , and plethora of reported complications.
Most of the doctors implanting mesh, do not know how to remove the mesh if/when there are problems. Some will not even recognize or acknowledge it is the mesh causing their patients pain/problems.
There are not many doctors who do full mesh removal (or as close to full removal as actually possible, not just a snip of what is easy to get to). Of course, I recommend Dr. Raz at UCLA who I went to, but there are a few others.
Some doctors that are helping with full mesh removal and pelvic repairs, may also still implant mesh as well.
They are capable of doing non-mesh repairs, as well as mesh repairs. There is no denying that some of them have helped countless women. Dr. Veronikus from St. Louis seems to be growing very popular among women with mesh complications for mesh removal. He has said that he does still use Mesh, but does so only in extreme cases and uses mesh sparingly. I have heard from many women who went to Dr. V. and were extremely pleased.
When someone is suffering from mesh complications, getting the mesh out by a doctor with experience and skill is the most important factor. Many of the doctors who are experts at mesh removal, but still use mesh also point out that at least they know how to remove the mesh if there are complications vs. the majority of doctors who are using mesh regularly and have no clue how to remove it if there is a problem. Is there anything wrong with going to a doctor that still uses mesh? Well, I guess that is choice – and sometimes, maybe not even a choice. I wrote about that on this post, “What is Wrong with Going to a Doctor Who Still Uses Mesh?“.
But, what about the doctors who do not use mesh at all?
Maybe they never used it? Or, they stopped using it when they saw how many problems it was causing? I am interested in finding more of these doctors.
Because mesh has become so standardized and “quick and easy”, I found it was actually difficult to find doctors who are experienced with doing traditional, non-mesh repairs for POP or SUI.
We are telling people – DON’T GET MESH… but, we need to have good alternatives for them. Of course, any non-surgical options (like pelvic floor therapy or a pessary) should be tried first. But, if they need surgery? Well? I know if/when I ever need any further pelvic repairs, I will want to go to a doctor who shares my belief that “mesh is bad news”, and does not use it at all… or at least uses it very sparingly IF at all.
For a short list started of Doctor’s who DO NOT USE MESH, please see this post: Doctors who DO NOT support the use of mesh.
And, if you know of more doctors that DO NOT USE surgical mesh for repairs of hernial, POP, or SUI? Please share!
Also, please note, that you still need to verify all information, and choose your doctors carefully. This list is by no means a recommendation for these doctors, and I am not affiliated with any of them. Please do your homework when looking for a doctor: https://meshmenot.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/finding-the-right-doctor-for-surgical-mesh-complications/
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