Dr. Veronikis was brought to our attention by the large number of women referred to his practice for transvaginal mesh removal after suffering the complications of transvaginal mesh implants for both stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. At the present time about half of his practice involves mesh removals (explants) and he tells MND he performs about 350 removals of both slings and mesh kits a year among his 700 surgical procedures.
He is board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Veronikis did his residency at Bay State Medical Center in Massachusetts and a Fellowship at Mass General Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is board certified and fellowship trained in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
He still opts to use synthetic mesh under certain circumstances but prefers to harvest fascia from a woman’s own body. Dr. Veronikis’ profile will follow but here are his suggestions for having a productive conversation with your doctor if you are considering pelvic reconstructive surgery to treat incontinence, prolapse or removal surgery of mesh treatment devices.
A profile of Dr. Veronikis does not imply an endorsement by Mesh News Desk and any woman should consult with a variety of doctors before making a decision about this important procedure. Mesh News Desk or Jane Akre, editor were not compensated in exchange for this content.
“First of all she shouldn’t go to anyone whose practice is not dedicated to gynecologic reconstructive surgery. It’s like having a high risk pregnancy and being treated by your family practitioner who did one month of obstetrics 20 years ago. You should go to someone boarded in female pelvic medicine and someone who has gone to a fellowship, in other words, fellowship trained and boarded.”
Ask the doctor:
If you are prone to asthma attacks, if you pick up heavy things for a living, if I use anything but an implant it may fail. That's okay if we are partners in it. Even the synthetic may fail. In the literature there is a higher rate of erosion but in my hands it’s negligible. What I can’t tell you about are the effects on your immune system.
Finally I tell them I will always take care to you. I will not dismiss your symptoms, if you are having a problem. I am your surgeon.
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