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.
Most doctors that do surgery for POP, SUI, and Hernia STILL use mesh. I know there are doctors that are helping with mesh removal and doing non-mesh pelvic repairs, but they 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 these doctors, that still use mesh, have also helped countless women, and I am thankful for that.
I am not saying anyone should NOT go to one of these other doctors that still uses mesh if they can help them with non-mesh repairs, or mesh removal. In fact, I’m not saying anyone should go to any doctor that they haven’t researched themselves. That is a personal choice, and all things need to be taken into consideration.
In general, it can be difficult to find a doctor to do non-mesh repairs. Most doctors are still using mesh, and some only know how to do repairs if they use mesh. Using one’s own tissue is often thought of as the “old-fashion way”, and some doctors are not even trained in these methods anymore. Be fair warned, though, if you do get mesh, that it is even more difficult to find a doctor that can do full mesh removal should you have some of those “not rare” mesh complications. Very few doctors are really experts at full mesh removal.
What about UroGynecologists?
I like the idea of UroGyns, in general, and having doctors being specially trained in both fields of Urology and Gynecology. I am sure there’s many good UroGyns out there. However, I personally believe a UroGyn may, or may not be, the best to do repairs without mesh, or deal with mesh removal. I certainly don’t think that JUST because they are a UroGyn they are automatically better for this. Experience is still a big factor.
If mesh is a concern, know that most UroGyn’s seem to be pro-mesh. Some will do repairs without mesh as well, but it seems most also still use it, especially for stress urinary incontinence. AUGs (the association for UroGyns) seems to be big part of the mesh-mess problem since they continue to defend and promote using mesh -(please see: https://meshmenot.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/augs-addressing-mesh-complications-and-helping-patients-or-just-defending-mesh/).
They also spread the false belief that if you go to a UroGyn for a mesh implant, you will be fine. (The old, “it’s the doctor, not the mesh” BS. Please see #7, in the post “Top 10 Things to Know About Mesh BEFORE Having Surgery for POP or SUI“).
Because UroGynecology is fairly new field, there are many older, very experienced doctors that do pelvic repairs (like Dr. Raz) that may NOT be classified as a UroGyn. You shouldn’t necessarily rule them out just because of that. They may have decades more experience than any UroGyn. In fact, if you are looking for a doctor to do non-mesh repairs, you may be better looking for an older, more experienced, doctor that was around before mesh came into play.
So, be sure to ask any potential doctor a lot of questions. This article, and the links at the end may help. https://meshmenot.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/finding-the-right-doctor-for-surgical-mesh-complications/
Also ask other people. Check reviews. Know that if you are looking for a UroGyn online on websites like vitals.com, they are often listed under “Obstetrician & Gynecologist (OB/GYN)”, or “urologist”, since it does not seem to have a category for UroGyns. Most UroGyns, are also OBGyns or Urologists as well.
So, what about the doctors who do not use mesh at all?
Maybe they never used it? Or, maybe they use to use it, but they stopped using it when they saw how many problems it was causing? I am interested in finding more of these doctors. Doctors that are willing to go against today’s norm, when many doctors are still actively promoting and using mesh. I’m looking for doctors that believe that mesh, in general, is not beneficial to their patients – and so they do not use it.
Here is a short list of these doctors. I hope to add more to this blog post, and feature them on other posts, so please share if you have a list, or name!
DOCTORS WHO DO NOT USE MESH
Shlomo Raz, M.D.
UCLA School of Medicine
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 140
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone 310-794-0208 / Fax 310-794-0211
More information and pictures from my trip to UCLA: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.304027056398512.1073741830.299505896850628&type=3
and see: https://meshmenot.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/dr-shlomo-raz/
His colleagues, Dr. Larissa V. Rodríguez, and Dr. Ja-hong Kim are also working with him doing many mesh removal surgeries. I am not sure, however, if either of them also implant mesh or not.
Articles Featuring Dr. Raz:
Dr. Tom Margolis
Bay Area Center for Pelvic Surgery and Urogynecology
Burlingame, Ca / Los Gatos, Ca. / Pleasanton, CA
Phone: (650) 228-4052
“Dr. Margolis has always maintained from the start that the synthetic mesh systems used for transvaginal surgery were dangerous and his warnings were realized when published reports began reporting the high complication rate from mesh and sling systems. “
Articles Featuring Dr. Margolis
Dr Jerry Blaivas and Dr. Purohit
Urocenter of New York
445 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212-772-3900 / Fax: 212-772-1919
This is from Dr. Blaivas website:
“Many surgeons use plastic material called mesh to support the tissue, but this may result in serious complications (the FDA has issued a warning about this). Dr. Blaivas and Dr. Purohit do not do these mesh surgeries – they use only your own natural tissue for the repair.”
Dr. Kevin Petersen
No Insurance Surgery, Inc.
Las Vegas, Nevada
website testimonials: http://www.noinsurancesurgery.com/testimonials
From their website:
“Our primary area of specialty is non-mesh hernia repair and treatment of patients who are suffering from pain caused by hernia mesh.”
Mr. Peter Jones, and Mrs. Sue Jones
South East England Hernia Clinic
BMI Somerfield Hospital 63-77 London Road
Maidstone, Kent ME 16 0DU
Phone: 01622 695533
This is from their website:
Do 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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