Women Travel Across the Globe for Pelvic Mesh Removal

November 17, 2014

Retropubic, or classic sling, is placed behind the pubic

bone and exits abdominally. 

The transobturator sling is placed through the obturator 

muscles as well as the leg muscles.

ST. LOUIS - Many women who struggle with urinary incontinence or pelvic prolapse (usually due to childbirth) have tried everything to solve their problems, including mesh implants. Mesh implants are used to stabilize the urethra during laughing, coughing, sneezing or lifting. However, after having surgery, some women face severe complications with little hope of a fix. 

Dr. Dionysois Veronikis, director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, has become the go-to physician for women across the U.S. and the world wanting to have pelvic mesh implants removed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently highlighted two patients from Australia who connected via social media, planned their journey to St. Louis and met for the first time just before having the removal surgery.

In the article, Veronikis said he used to perform 30 mesh removals a year and now he is doing 30 a month. 

"A society is sometimes judged by the way it treats its women and children," Veronikis said, "and I think this was a dark chapter. These women's lives are altered permanently."

To read the full article, please click here. 

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