A Trip to See Dr. Raz at UCLA

//A Trip to See Dr. Raz at UCLA

A Trip to See Dr. Raz at UCLA

June 30, 2012 ~ A woman from Texas has just returned from a trip to UCLA to have an initial consultation with Dr. Raz, the surgeon who is helping so many from around the world with mesh complications. She writes:

“Please understand I am completely aware that women out there are relying on the information I provide, but also understand that I am like you. I am racked with the physical and emotional pain from a mesh implant. My blog reaches many, many women who need understanding, help and answers. Sometimes all they need is someone to believe that their symptoms are the cause of their physical breakdown. I do believe you. I do know the hell that this product has caused in your life. I have listened and read thousands of stories, so bad that you would believe I made them up because how could they be true? How could this wonderful country allow the mutilation of women’s bodies of a product that no testing was done except on us. If you think about it, how can they test mesh bladder slings? You cannot put a sling into a rat now can you? So we are their guinea pigs. We are the women of the world who are left to suffer and be ignored. So when you read this blog, understand that mine and almost all the other mesh blogs are written by women victims of bladder sling mesh. If they or I do not answer you immediately either by email or phone call, understand it is because we too are suffering just like you and have good and bad days.

“Now to my consultation visit with Dr Raz.

“If you are like me and have to make a decision to travel to see this doctor at UCLA, you will have a few hurdles to jump first. First there is the financial side of doing this whether or not you have insurance or Medicare like me. I just became eligible this past June 1supst/sup which is why I used my acquired knowledge by women who have gone through this ordeal and chose to go to Dr Raz. To fly and cover the other expenses I sold my older car to make it happen. Not a lot of money but a way for me to make the first two trips. I could no longer drive and although it was paid for, it still cost tax and insurance and sat in my driveway getting older. So it had to go. I am telling you there because I was raised in hard times and my mother would constantly say “Where there is a will, there is a way”, so first you must find your will and then find a way to get help.”


By | 2012-06-30T02:48:48+00:00 June 30th, 2012|Op-Ed|74 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Sheila smith April 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Will dr raz just except Medicare as payment for the consult and surgery , I’m hoping ,thank you very much

    • Jane Akre April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      There are several people who have seen Dr. Raz who were Medicare covered.

      • Diva 64 April 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        I have been passed around doctor to doctor, had ultrasounds that say I have no ovaries and no uterus, NO KIDDING, I did not need an ultrasound for that. I had surgeries. I am fully aware of my body and the surgeries I have had, I have had CT, all they want to look for is tumors, they ignore the sling all together, except to say there is metal erosion at the anterior superior ram. Yupp fells like knives sticking in me.. I have pain that feels like ovarian endometriosis pain, A doctor wrote this up as cramps, will to me this is kinda like labor pain, and it occurs more severe monthly. No I am not out of my mind. I now have gone from Nixed connective tissue disease to autoimmune disease to Lupus, I am in Kidney failure stage 3. maybe closer to 4. I have had diarrhea for since October, so what the mesh is doing to the bowel who knows I just went through endoscopic and another colonoscopy. I had a vaginal surgery in 2012 where I had squamous cell carcinoma stage 11, stage 111 effects the kidney, but the doctor said he got it all. However I have started having a lot of pain left kidney, I can not urinate I feel like something is blocking it, I only urinate if I take Lasix and I don’t have High Blood Pressure, and then I have to shift my body around sometimes 2-3 times to get an actual flow. I read where they want to settle cases at $41,000. Will that would not even pay for one surgery as our attorneys are going to get a portion of that. I have heard that they want to go one case at a time. Why is that so they can sell off their assets or that we die before a settlement. Will If I die I want a civil suit against the manufacture as will as criminal as their is no statue of limitation on murder. It is already assault. . Intentional or not. Car accidents are not intentional. Cigarette manufactures were sued. Recently someone sued and was awarded $800,000. that became addicted to opioids. And what about the doctors that blew us off, do they have no responsibility, I actually had an appointment with one doctor, waited for the appointment took her papers from the previous doctor that operated on me, she refused to even examine me saying she did not want to get involved in this. What happened to the Oath they took in Medical School , To do No Harm. I only have a few good hours a day. Since some other non related vaginal surgery in 2011 0r 2012 I have been going downhill. I thought Dr Raz might be an answer but after reading above I am not sure I live in FL, I have Medicare. No husband to support me. The last GYN to evaluate me told me I have no Vagina. That sure is nice to here, she said there is nothing there but bowel. Then wrote down that I have Post Menopausal Atrophy, that the vault is closed unable to do an exam. I am still counting on her to help me, the last time I went there there was a male Dr who was there to learn more about women’s pelvic pain, he was very insulting, I walked out. I had not driven 90 miles one way to see someone I had not made an appointment with or to be insulted. I have gotten this Dr the one I want to see my operative report from the last hospital where there was vaginal surgery performed, hoping there will be something in there that will till her more than I can, and that I will get some help and relief. Yes I have an attorney, he has had my case about 4-5 years. I don’t think the Federal Courts should allow the manufactures to linger like this , maybe if they locked them up on death row, it would speed up the process.

        • Jane Akre April 23, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

          Agreed Diva…. please do not delay any longer, please see a mesh specialist. Dr. Christopher Walker is in Florida, the Orlando area. if the bowel is involved that can be very dangerous……

      • Cheryl December 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

        I got a letter to see Dr Raz.. my husbands job is closing the doors by 2/26/2018. I need the angel flight or free flight from any airlines.. my appt with Dr Raz 8/15…Hoping he can reconstruct and uf any mesh AFTER 3 total removals . Hiw many trips out there? Can Dr Raz krder that 3d ultrasound now so he has a better idea of what is happening

    • Brenda January 19, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I had mesh put in 2011 from then on nothing put pure pain I live in daily. Even my own Obgyn said sorry I can’t help I have to send you to UT South Western Dallas Texas. I just saw a Dr yesterday in Dallas and yes the mesh is coming through my vagina that was no news I been saying it for years.. Quote Dr: That and easy fix we’ll just cut the part that sticking out! Then What? Oh take more muscle relaxers I’ll send you PT. But still didn’t get the right answer! The mesh will still be in me the pain will be there I’m so tired for the last 6 years crying complaining of my pain oh and pass the buck to another doctor!! When will this stop! I told my doctor it’s a lot harder to live then I think to die why should I or any person have to live in pain. I was 47 when the mesh was put in. I didn’t have a choice they didn’t give me an option my whole insides were falling out.. This is a good one ladies the Dr that put the mesh in told me my pain was from my Vaginal and rectal pain was from my fibromyalgia!! My rheumatologist said no way not this kind of pelvic pain. Ladies I know the pain is beyond words to describe.. I am going to get this mesh out of me and I pray that one day we all heal not just from the pain but the emotional roller coaster ride we all have been on.. God Bless Ladies!

      • Hezra May 13, 2017 at 5:02 am - Reply

        I share your misery my journey so far has been very similar.
        I’m desperate to have it removed COMPLETEly

  2. Connie Gayer April 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Hello, my name is Connie Gayer. I had the mesh put in, in 2006. I have been cramping a lot and have decided to get the mesh fully removed. I have read a lot about it and i am very nervous. back a few years ago i went back to the doctor that put it in and told her i had a hurting in my right side. I was wondering if it had anything to do with the mesh. She said that would have nothing to do with it. In the last couple of years i have gained wait in my stomach and have not been able to lose it. I feel like i am 9 months pregnant. I have gotten a lot of gas since this has been put in. My question is, has anyone else had any of these symptoms?

    • Maria Benedetto October 19, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Hello Connie , My name us Maria, i am 50 years old. I had my Bladder Sling Surgery in 2007, I too have a story, but I am so tired of telling it, it seems no one understands what your going through,so true that everyone thinks it’s all in your mind and there is nothing wrong with you… Sad, so you just get tired of talking. I just wanted to say that I too have a large stomach and feel and look 9 months pregnant. While working , when I was able to, someone actually asked me if I were pregnant. While reading the posts, I came across yours and never read of anyone saying there stomach was large and looked pregnant, so I had to comment as well. There are so many articles about what this Mesh has done to so many, it would consume so much time to read them all, but I have been seriously thinking about seeing Dr Raz to get some answers, to get the TRUTH, I live in Philadelphia Pa, so yes it takes a lot of decision making, but it seems every Urologist I see is not trust worthy. I just had the MedTonic InterStim Implanted in July 2015, it worked so well in the beginning, but now it isn’t. I don’t know who to talk to, who to trust and don’t know what to do, I’m just so tired. I see that Jane posted to Audrey that there is a list of Doctors in different states, hopefully if I contact her she can give me that list as well. Thanks for listening and I hope you’re doing well. GOD BLESS

      • Kim Johnson August 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        I am also from Philadelphia, PA and could use your help…. Is there a list of doctors for each state? We’re you able to find someone in our area to assist you. Please, oh please tell me there is hope!

        • Maria August 25, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

          To Kim and All who read. I am about to have Botox Injection for Urinary Urgency . Almost 10 years since I had Mesh Implant , I’m starting to feel severe pain when urinating. This is my 7th surgery I think to try to correct the issues with my Bladder, I can’t afford to go see Dr Raz and to be honest , I GIVE UP. I do t think there is any Urologist that will listen, who understands/ or believes just what I’m going through. I don’t know what happened to “First Do No Harm”, but I’m tired, and simply don’t care anymore

          • Kim J August 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm

            Maria, I know exactly how you feel. I am having my 9th surgery on 9/16- a Botox/ pudendal nerve block. I have had a partial sling revision, an interstim placement, Macrplastique, botox and pudedal nerve blocks all with no real relief. I am looking into going to visit :
            Please call the office for questions about Patient Consultation, or Travel/Lodging information if traveling into St. Louis to see Dr. Veronikis.

            Mercy Medical Center
            621 S. New Ballas Road
            Suite 2002-B
            St. Louis, MO 63141
            Office: 314-251-6753
            Fax: 314-251-4492

          • Fay October 25, 2016 at 4:27 am

            I have a friend in the Uk who is suffering and doesn’t know where to start. What sums of money would she be looking at for removal of the mesh with Dr Raz ? Any advice will be gratefully received.

          • Jane Akre October 25, 2016 at 7:04 am

            Please look on the Mesh News Desk story of Liz Reece… just put her name in the Search bar. She found a doc in the UK

  3. Connie Gayer April 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I am going to see Dr. Raz in july of this year.

    • dj.newbie June 1, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Yes Connie, I too have so much gas and too much pelvic, back, leg and left side pain. Went completely downhill since mesh implant. I am at my witts end and so is my husband. I have been doing a lot of research on the complications due to mesh implants and if I last long enough (which sounds so mello dramatic) but that’s how I feel, I will get this mesh out of my body. I wish I could turn back time and had done my research before I had the surgeries. I am sure thousands of women feel the same way. I am in the process of trying to locate someone that has even heard of the translabial ultrasound. Last week I made a few phone calls to different radiology departments in my state and in another state and they never heard of it. Well take care and God Bless.

      • Connie Gayer July 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        I have made my trip to LA and we loved Dr. Raz. He is so passionate about his work. I am having mine removed bye him in Dec. This is who i would recommend. He has done many removals so we feel very confident. I will let you know how it goes. Good luck on yours and i hope and pray you can find a way to go see him.

        • Gail McDonald July 29, 2013 at 4:16 am - Reply

          Connie, I too am having mesh removed by Dr. Raz in Dec. We should keep each other informed of our progress.

          Gail McDonald

          • adad February 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

            Hi Gail,

            please tell me about your experience after sling was removed, and can I contact you?

        • adad February 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          Hi Connie

          how do you fee now after removal of sling? I am planning to remove mine and I need your advice.

        • Brooklyn Godin July 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

          Yes, i think his demeanor seems compassionate. I’m curious to know if Dr. Raz himself removed the mesh. When I went in he had an intern remove only a portion of it. Please email me at brooklyngodin@aol.com

    • Audrey Loera December 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Connie,

      How was your appointment with Dr. Raz? I will be seeing him in March of 2015. Was he able to help you?


      • Connie July 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

        Dear Audrey,

        I had a consultation appt with Dr. Raz in June 2015 and he scheduled surgery for October. I read where you asked Connie Gaynor to let you know how her surgery went with him and how she was doing.

        Did she reply? If so, please let me know how she is and if you have had surgery and how you are doing. I am in Alabama and not very happy about having to travel to CA for the surgery but I’ve heard Dr. Raz is the best. Want this monster mesh out but am so worried I can’t sleep.

        Please reply. Thank you Connie Thompson. connietee@bellsouth.net

        • Audrey September 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply


          I just had my surgery done last Monday. The staff at UCLA is outstanding!

          I’m praying the surgery was successful! I should know more in a week or so hopefully.


  4. Brina Luckings-Maurice September 20, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Dear Connie Gayer and Gail McDonald

    Forgive the intrusion from the other side of the pond…. but like you I have been struggling with pain and complications following surgery in 2006. I’ve had 6 operations and nobody is taking responsibility for the debilitating effect this is having on my life. I would love to hear back from you with regard to Dr Raz… I am desperate for help.

    I would welcome any feed back from women who like me continue to suffer.

    Thank you so much.


  5. annonamous October 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Please anyone does dr. raz except medical?? I am 28 yrs old an in complete misery this has ruined my life ab i need help from a good doctor who has experince in this area of mesh.

  6. Brooklyn Godin July 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Why would anyone want to see the physician who invented the mesh that has destroyed so many women’s lives. I was desperate and traveled from Northern California to UCLA after a urologist in San Luis Obispo told me to go to UCLA and have the physician who invented the mesh remove it. When I went in for the surgery I insisted that he be the one to perform the surgery; instead, he had an intern remove only a portion of it in the center of the urethra. It was shrinking and it was horrible. I still have the mesh on both side and having intestinal problems because the mesh is rubbing on other organs. Try going to Mayo clinic or a female doctor who really cares about women. I still plan to visit him to get more information on my surgery and the name of the mesh manufacturer. Physicians protect physicians and will not help women in who are suffering. The only alternative is to sue the mesh manufacturers. Let’s all find out the manufacturers and list them. By the way, they tested the mesh on only a few animals and then started using it on women.

  7. Brooklyn Godin July 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Find a urologist that specializes in reconstructive urethra surgery. Do a lot of research before you select a physician, because even Dr. Raz would not remove the mesh… during the follow up after a portion of the mesh was removed, the intern told me it was very dangerous to go in and remove the entire mesh appliance. Dr. Raz is getting very old so that could be the reason why he had an intern remove it instead. Meanwhile, all of the intense pain is reoccurring, my intestines are swelling, and I have to seek out more information to have more of the mesh removed.

    • Fay October 25, 2016 at 4:30 am - Reply

      I’m so sorry to read this i wonder how you are doing now. My thoughts are with all the lovely ladies suffering with this. My friend is a victim and doesn’t know where to start here in the UK

  8. Debbie December 19, 2014 at 1:45 am - Reply

    i am coming to learn of the continuing concerns as time goes on from my surgery. i do not want to go back to have leakage. i spoke w/someone who came to this doctor, because she had an extreme case of intrusion with her mesh. i’m not happy to learn of all the complications we can have with this. what is the outcome from having it removed?

  9. Tad Palmer April 30, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    So who can my wife see in the Dallas, Texas area? She’s had so much pain for years and just now figuring this all out? What about a lawyer in the Dallas area? Thanks…

    • Jane Akre April 30, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Tad… it is not always convenient to find the correct doctor…. here are some suggestions, Dr. Phillippe Zimmern in Dallas, Dr. Shlomo Raz at UCLA, Drs Miklos and Moore in Atlanta, Dr. Veronikis i St. Louis, Dr. Christopher Walker in Orlando, are a few…. lawyers in Dallas who are working up cases include Freese and Goss, Matthews Law. They are trial lawyers who take cases before a jury.

      • Robin November 4, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Have you heard anything on a Dr. Varner at UAB Hospital or Kirkland clinic in Birmingham, Alabama?

        I ran into a lady in a store and she said that she had just had her mesh or some of it removed by him a couple weeks before and was already feeling better. I have a lot of it in me and having so many problems from it. I have cramps at night when I try to lay down that run from my hips all the way to my feet. It is not from lack of potassium because I take that and do not take any kind of diuretics and etc. I also stay in excruciating pain in my lower stomach, back and private area. Also have you heard of anyone having complications when having the mesh removed? Any info I could get from anyone out there would be appreciated. I just want to get it out as soon as possible.Thanks!

        • Jane Akre November 4, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

          I have not but anyone else?

  10. tamera pelren May 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    i have went three times to try to get help with a cronic bowel blockage and pelvic inflammation and pain with intercourse. The problem there was Dr. Kim found to be very specific after the famous ultrasound. Imagine one day right after the ultrasound she’s saying lets schedule a plan of surgery. after looking at the other test which she stated showed inlarge intestines now she realizes the radiologist refuses to add the addendum regarding what she saw. She then backpeddled and refused to offer me see if Dr. Raz could help us get the right opinion incorporated into the report. The problem is a lot of the colon rectal Dr. wont even see me unless the report spells out the problem. They also wont listen to her opinion if it is different. I am in a grievance right now. calling to get dr. Raz to call us back, I don’t know what or where to go. She was so gun ho in the beginning when seeing the ultrasound showing the inflammation. After whe realized she couldn’t get the radiologist to agree with her. I think due to liability, she said maybe she wasn’t correct. Which I saw everything she showed me. I believe she is totally right.She said, I would only have a 30 tp 40 percent chance of getting better. Its like she totally changed her story from yeh lets do it to, im not sure. She also told my primary which was down right false. That I wouldn’t see a Dr. she recommended. None of them would see me. Due to the lack of correlating radiology report.She told my primary dr. I wasn’t willing to see any of the dr.s she recommended. I am so confused and frustrated. I am trying very hard to see Dr. Raz. I feel like she may be good. I don’t even know if I can trust her after all of this back and forth. Yet I am very very sick with autoimmune besides this mass that has overgrown in this pelvic area so bad. Any help in this situation. please let me know. Sincerely, Tamera Pelren

    • Jane Akre May 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Dr. Raz is always a very good choice, especially if it is not a hardship to wait or travel there. Otherwise there may be options.

      • tamera pelren May 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        right now I cant seem to get anyone to respond to me reaching out to dr. raz. I asked if Dr. Kim would have him look at everything. Every time I try to eliminate. IT feels like the slipped mesh which im talking about the rectm side. Feels like its trying to cut into my rectum. Its horribly painful. I don’t know why when I’ve emailed and called and asked to speak to his ma and him. No one seems to be bothered with trying to help me. Its very hard when your in pain. Im not very excited to have it taken out. However , if it will help me in the long run im totally willing.Anyone has access to Dr. Raz easier than this. Please let me know. Unless you can in good conscious recommend me to another Dr. as good. I called Dr. Miklos and Moore. They said I would have to get them all the reports. I just wonder if they are as experienced. I also have gastroparesis. I believe. That’s why I need at least 2 doctors. That was my biggest problem with Dr. Kim seeing more of what was wrong. Yet the radiologist didn’t want to comment on the additional colon problem. I’m praying something better will happen. Im a very sick person.

        • Jane Akre May 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

          Where are you located and do you have insurance? There may be a doc in your area. thank you

          • tamerapelren October 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm

            I finally fiubd a dr. Outside of ucla to agree with dr. Kim I had major colon rectal problems. But she backpeddled. Went from saying I need the mesh out definitely .She say the bad inflammation to oh I cant help w the colon problems maybe I can get a colon dr.no radiologist there would revisit it.to now there not willing to let dr. Raj even look.there in alliance.he told me thru his MA sarah.We ll do whatever dr. Kim wants. I was reluctant at first.she came in telling me I have a foreign body that needed to come out.Then wen she couldnt get me support says I need nothing.Now they are farming me to a newer surgeon for another opinion.I really don’t know what to do.

      • Robin Hurst May 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply


        I would love to see Dr. Raz but not sure if my Insurance would cover it out of state and also would be a hardship probably to get there. But I will do what I need to do. I had it done because of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Bladder dropped in May 2008.

        After reading all the great things about Dr. Raz, I am about to afraid to go to anyone else except him.

        I thought the excruciating pain that has gotten worse over the last couple of years or so was because of because of a lower lumbar spinal fusion surgery that I had in June 2013. But as time has went on, I can clearly tell that it is not from the back surgery, but the mesh causing the problems. Now I can feel the mesh literally jabbing and feels like it is cutting my insides out. I know my family thinks I am exaggerating, but I am not. It is not like normal pain, as the pain in my lower back, hips, vaginal, rectal, abdomen, side and thighs is so bad that my strong prescription RX does not even touch the pain. I am also very weak and am a severe anemic. I have Fibromyalgia, gastro problems, severe headaches and hurt all over all the time. My Dr. ask me last week, when did I have my gastric Bypass surgery, because my iron started getting real low in 2008 and mainly 2009 and has stayed real low since. He says that next month he will probably give me an iron transfusion to try and get my blood up some. He thinks I am losing blood somewhere and has set me up to see a gastro dr. to see if I have bleeding in my intestines or stomach. It did not hit me when he told me when my blood got so low, but that put it as being right after I had the mesh put in. I had the Bypass surgery in 2002. I have been on pain meds for 3 years now and although I am not addicted as far as taking them to get high or etc., I know that I will have to go to rehab to get off of them.

        I feel like my ovaries and uterus is killing me except for I do not have any and haven’t since 1986(uterus) and 1994(ovaries). It feels like I am in hard active labor all the time and can feel the mesh sticking and cutting my upper vaginal walls and up in my rectum. My pain meds keep me constipated which makes it worse. I am not sleeping but three hours a night and then have to get up early for work in such severe pain, because I cannot afford to lose my job and especially not lose my health insurance. I have to see my Primary Dr. every single month just to get my pain meds and nerve meds since the pain has gotten so bad. He sends me to this and that Doctor. He will not take me out of work. Also, back and forth to the stomach Doctors and back doctor. With all the Co-pays and deductibles I have to pay out each month, I have not seen a Gynecologist in probably 3 to 4 years and now. I just kept putting it off, but now I cannot put it off any longer. I live in constant excruciating pain, so I can relate to all of you ladies. I also had gastric Bypass surgery in 2002, so I do not have a lot of intestines left in me and cannot afford to lose what little I have left in there.

        I do want to commend you Jane Akre for what you doing in helping all of us who have fell victim to the mesh nightmare. You and these other ladies have certainly given me Hope at the end of the tunnel for this terrible nightmare!! Ms. Akre, Bless you and all who are trying to keep us informed on this monster called Mesh! I would not wish this on my worst enemy!

  11. debbie gore August 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I had mesh tape implanted in 2006 for incontinency. for several years I’ve had pain all over, but doc’s just say i’m getting old and its probably arthritis. joints, muscles, etc. was getting Charlie horses entire length of leg. asked dr who put it in, why all the commercials, he states ‘you know everyone wants to sue’. that wasn’t the answer I was looking for. I am high risk for breast cancer, so I went to primary to have mammos ordered. no pelvic for last couple of years. various things going on, not engaging in sex last couple of years, started to fool around few months back, husband asks what is that? end result, the mesh was protruding, filling up the inside of my vagina. I freaked. was recommended to a local/Houston doctor. he stated he couldn’t remove but only what is protruding. would be ‘like finding a needle in a haystack’ to remove what it’s attached to. I now find out, that he couldnt’/wouldn’t. I now find that its harder to get those points out if the center has been removed. I just had this surgery last month. I told dr I feel like i’m ‘gaping’ open, he says, no reason to feel that way. i’m incontinent now worse than I was before I had the mesh. i’m on some ladies groups that i’m finding more info that I wish I’d had in the beginning. I too don’t appreciate being used as a guinnea pig in all this. i’m 62, and used to call myself a horse rider, I have horses and i’m wondering if i’ll be able to ride again. cant life anything. i’m in Houston area, so I was going to start with the dr mentioned here, that my attorney gave me the name of also, dr zimmern. hopefully that will be some solution. following your posts here

    • Jane Akre August 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Dr. Zimmern is a good recommendation. I’ve not spoken to him but many praise his skill as a removal surgeon. Personally i do not jump on the old equals sick bandwagon….that is naive.

    • Regina Holcomb October 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Hi….I wanted to let you know I saw Dr Zimmerman in Dallas. He is a very sweet compassionate gentleman. But I left there feeling very defeated and crying….he had requested an MRI of my bladder area but when reviewing it where the mesh is located it was all gray and he couldn’t tell anything about it. He said the only way to see it would be to do exploring surgery and he felt that should be the last resort. He wanted me to see a pelvic floor pain Dr. And see what she had to say. I wanted to say ….Do you not get it I’m At my LAST RESORT ! I haven’t been back do to no money.

      • Jane Akre October 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

        No ultrasound to see mesh?

        • Debbie g October 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

          Since my post I’ve followed negative experiences with dr Zimmern , if that’s who you are referring to. From my research the only options I would do is surgery with dr RAZ in California or dr margolis on MO ( I believe that’s where he is) or there also a verinitkus something like that name who people on prolapse site ladies have recommended highly. One lady pm’d me and said Zimmern really cut her girlfriend up actually did more damage. I’m only saying this as by the way he’s commenting he may very well damage more than he would want to ny exploring. I know how you fell but I would be concerned on thst route.

          • Jane Akre October 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm

            Dr Margolis is south of San Francisco,,, the bay area. Veronikis is in St. Louis.

      • DEe F January 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

        Regina, my last visit with Dr. Zimmern was in October 2015 which was better than the initial (very condescending) visit.
        Because I was already on Nitrofutoin Mono/Mac500mg I felt like I should not been told (via email) a prescription of this same medication had been phoned into my pharmacy for a newly surfaced infection. After questioning this I was then told a Ciprofloxacin prescription was being phoned into the pharmacy. It’s clearly documented in my medical charts that Ciprofloxacin and Levofloxacin causes me Tenosyvitis which resulted in me having four Tenosivectomy surgeries. I felt very hurt because I thought that I’d found a physician who I’d could team up with and help me manage the onslaughts the mesh throws at us.

  12. Michelle September 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Is there a list of physicians that remove mesh? I had an appointment with Dr. Kim at UCLA last week. When I called to schedule with Dr. Raz I was told it was a six month wait for an appointment and six months for surgery. Dr. Raz’s office told me that Dr. Kim was personally trained by Dr. Raz and brings him in on cases when needed, and Dr. Raz taught her everything he knows. She also said he isn’t doing surgery as much as he used to as he is traveling and teaching. I can’t live like this for another year, so I went with Dr. Kim. She seemed good to me, she says there will be a neurosurgeon and a colon rectal surgeon in on my mesh removal surgery because of how complicated my situation is and how much mesh I have. I’m worried though now after reading the posts above about her. I don’t know what to do.

    • Jane Akre September 22, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

      Michelle- Where do you live? We’ve got a growing list of surgeons who recognize mesh injuries and can deal with them to varying degrees. Dr Raz is very good but the wait may not suit you. janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com

      • Maria Benedetto October 19, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Hello Jane, My name is Maria. I read that you may have a list of Doctors in other states to help with the Mesh Removal other than Dr. Raz, it would be greatly appreciated if you can send me that list. I need to know if mine needs to be removed as well. I recently found a new Urologist who performed surgery using The MedTronic InterStim in July 2015, it seemed to be working well in the beginning, but now unfortunately, it’s not working as well as expected. I need a Urologist that will listen and that understands. One who will be honest in the answers to the questions I have. I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Hope to hear from you, Thank You In Advance. Maria

  13. Maria Benedetto October 19, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I’m sorry, I just looked back and realized that a Michele asked Jane for that list..

  14. Maria November 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Jane. I just wanted to let you know I have an appointment with Dr. Christopher Walker in Orlando Florida, on December 14th. I am so hoping he can give me some answers and I can finally get some help. Thank you for your guidance, support and sharing the information. I’m glad I stumbled upon this Website. Thank you again for all your help and keep up the good work, for all of us Mesh Survivors. Hope I can tell you some good news next month.


    • Jane Akre November 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Please let us know how it goes…… Best to you!

  15. Mesh Gone Wrong November 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I’m so appreciative to this group and comments posted. I’m scheduled to see Dr Kim at UCLA on 12/18, but after reading the comment above about her not willing to go through with a surgery, I’m concerned. I had an appointment with Dr Christooher Walker but was going to cancel after reading that he didn’t remove all the mesh. Does anyone have experience with him Dr Walker and can vouch for what he does? Also, he said that he would attempt to remove the anchors so long as it wasn’t a detriment to my health and safety. I’m confused and need guidance. Please help.

    • Jane Akre November 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Dr. Walker and no other doctor will attempt an aggressive surgery if there is a good chance it may cause more harm. That would not be ethical and unfortunately deeply embedded mesh arms have the likelihood of causing more harm during surgery to attempt to remove them. That’s part of the reason mesh is defective…… to not be able to remove it when there is a complication shows a blatant disregard for the welfare of the patient, in my opinion. Please call Dr. Walker’s office and talk to him.

  16. Bonnie S July 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I am having my mesh taken out on Aug 2 by dr twiss in tucson arizona. cant wait he has been trained by dr Raz at UCLA.

    • Jane Akre August 1, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Healing Prayers to you Bonnie! Please let us know when you are on the road to recovery!!!! Thank you Dr. Twiss!

    • Tiffany T February 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Bonnie, how did your surgery go? Was it worth it??

  17. Erika November 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Bonnie , how did your surgery go? I have a consult appt with Dr Raz 7/11/17 – I have one sooner with a Dr. Flynn here in Denver as well.

    • Tiffany T February 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      I have a consult with Dr. Raz in about 2 weeks. I will let you know how it goes!

  18. Tiffany T February 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Hello fellow mesh suffering women!
    I have a consult appointment with Dr. Raz on March 15th of this year 2017. Does his office take insurance from other states? I am from Idaho. Can anyone tell me about their experience with Dr. Raz? I am desperate to get some answers and have been suffering for over 2 years! Any words of wisdom?? Thank You!

    • Cara May 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Tiffany, How did your consult with Dr. Raz go? I have a consult appointment with him next year.May 22, 2018.I can’t wait to see if he can help me.

  19. Hezra May 13, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I’m excited for you both, hers hoping you both find the peace you seek.
    I too need help, I live in Australia and seek removal while I can still travel How can I make contact with Dr Raz as we have no one trained in Australia that I’m aware of.
    S how can I make contact with his office to ask the right questions?
    Please list contact numbers and another relevant info , thank you.

    • Jane Akre May 13, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      How about Dr. Helen O’Connell in Melbourne? Anyone gone to her?


      • Hezra May 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you Jane I have emailed Helen.
        Simple the fact she wont use mesh is wonderful but whether she has experience in removal is a different story. I don’t want to keep being surgeons guinea pig – that s happened twice so far and not helped 🙁

  20. Rita May 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Does anybody know if Dr Raz is accepting Kaiser insurance ?

  21. Annie December 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Wondering if Tiffany T from idaho had her surgery and how her consult went with Dr Raz. Can anyone who has actually had their mesh removed and anyone who had Dr Raz fix a bladder prolapse without mesh email me at missinak2006@yahoo.com. I need to find a colon doctor who will go in the OR with Dr Raz or if anyone has another dr suggestion I would be so grateful. I had previous bladder suspension taken down and later had surgeon put mesh in my stomach and now I am in severe pain even with pain patches and norco I can’t take the constant pain. I am told I need a bladder suspension and removal of mesh in belly but I know I have distended colon and now I can’t go without drinking milk of magnesia. Just getting worse! I also get severe pressure in my urethra when constipated feels like I have a bladder infection until gas or constipation is releived. I am desperate!!!! Do you all think dr Raz is best. I can go anywhere just want best help! Please email me anyone who has had surgery completed

    • Jane Akre December 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      He is generally considered the best in the world and will not use mesh on you again! Some others will if they see no other choice.

  22. Teresa M Glaus April 23, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    is dr. Raz still doing mesh removal?

    • Jane Akre April 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      yes,,,as far as I know… he is taking appointments at least 6 months apart.

  23. Nancy June 26, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I need surgery on my prolapsed bladder. My pessary is no longer working and I have had several UTI over the past 6-8 months. My Gyno only does fascia skin repairs which she stated 1 in 3 women need to have the surgery again in 3-5 years. My fascia tissue is weak. Well, I don’t want to repeat this. I have been searching for a doctor who uses Bovine or cadaver tissue which is stronger. Haven’t found any info on how long it would last. In any event, I’m not willing to chance a Dr. using something I am not aware of.

    My search is trying to find a DR. And confirm what product they use. Doctors office help don’t have a clue what is used. I have Medicare and live in AZ. Las Vegas is maybe 1/-1/2 hr drive for me. Medicare won’t cover multiple consultation visits. Any suggestions for anyone in the Nevada area? Thank you for any information you can provide. Also, ladies I am sooooo very sorry for the pain,suffering and lack of compassion from professionals who are supposed to help us and a deteriorating medical system we know have.

    • Jane Akre June 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      The only person in Nevada we have is Dr. Petersen who works on hernia repair. Not sure your cadaver or bovine or porcine replacement offers an improvement – there are many infections associated with those materials is my understanding (I’m not a doctor or a lawyer). Dr. M. Tom Margolis in the SF Bay area is close by as is Dr. Hibner in Arizona and Dr. Christian Twiss at the U of Arizona. The latter three are experienced in mesh complications. Also there is Dr. Una Lee in Seattle. My understanding Dr. RAz is retiring sometime soon….and there is always a wait for him… Ask for cancellations.!! Good luck Let us know how you do!

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