We do not normally post about hernia mesh removal specialists and surgeons on this hernia mesh lawsuit blog. However, we recently received an enlightening, encouraging and informative call about Dr. Kevin Peterson, a top non-mesh hernia surgeon from Las Vegas Nevada. Dr. Peterson is also an expert at hernia mesh revision surgeries. The caller indicated that she had chronic pain and severe complications as a result of Prolene hernia mesh manufactured by Ethicon. (Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.)
Surgeon who will remove hernia mesh
The hernia mesh victim told her story of years seeking a surgeon who was willing to remove the “poisonous” Prolene mesh located in her body. Surgeon after Surgeon refused to perform a hernia mesh revision surgery citing the risks and dangers of the revision surgery. After searching far and wide, she contacted the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. This call to Canada was the best decision in his young ladies life. Shouldice referred her to Dr. Kevin Peterson. Dr. Peterson does not only remove hernia mesh, he also is an industry leader in non-mesh hernia surgery (no -mesh surgery). The phone call to Dr. Kevin Peterson was the first step for this lady to get her life back. We have received numerous calls about Dr. Kevin Peterson, over the years, with some victims going as far as calling him a “miracle worker” and a “Saint.”
Dr. Peterson does not use mesh and does not accept insurance payment
The mesh victim informed us that Dr. Peterson obtained her medical records and did a phone consultation because the surgical mesh victim was out of state. The victim reports that Dr. Peterson did a fantastic surgery, removing the hernia mesh from her body. As a result of the hernia mesh revision surgery, she has gotten her life back and no longer has hernia mesh complications. She reports that the mesh revision surgery cost her $9100. Unfortunately, Dr. Peterson does not accept insurance. She was required to pay for the hernia mesh revision / removal surgery herself. She informed us that this was worth every penny of the money she spent out of her own pocket! One victim informed me he paid $13,000 cash for the mesh removal.
Non mesh hernia surgery
We did some research on Dr. Peterson and reviewed his website. According to his website: “Thirty five years ago, while in training, Dr. Petersen was warned by his instructors that We do not really know what the dangers of hernia mesh are. In 1986, Dr. Petersen went into private practice as a general surgeon after completing training and passing his boards. Over the next 6 years he continued to repairs hernias exactly as he was taught, satisfied with his results as were his patients were. 1992 the surgical world overnight made a dramatic change, nearly everyone adopted mesh as the standard of care for hernia repair citing significantly lower recurrence rates. But still no one knew what the risks were. It had not been studied. Because of this and because he knew what his recurrence was low Dr. Petersen resisted enormous peer pressure and continued doing hernia repair exactly as he had been taught by surgeons whom he considered to be the finest in the world. Within two years Dr. Petersen started seeing patients with crippling groin pain that he could only attribute to hernia mesh implanted by other surgeons. The first patient he removed hernia mesh from was cured of his pain, regaining his life. That launched his career long interest in treating hernia mesh pain and his commitment to non-mesh hernia repairs.”
Florida no mesh surgeon- Dr. Robert E Tomas, DO from Fort Myers, Florida.
We have heard great things about a surgeon at U-First health, Dr. Robert E Tomas, DO. Dr. Tomas’ website asserts that he is an expert in no mesh hernia surgery. At least two victims have contacted me to provide extremely positive reviews and ratings about Tomas.
Dr. Robert E Tomas’ website claims the following:
- “Expert in Desarda No Mesh Hernia Surgery
- Using Your Own Muscle To Reconstruct The Groin or Naval
- Dr. Tomas is the only surgeon in the United States endorsed by Doctor Mohan Desarda from India.
- Over 3000 No Mesh surgeries with very low recurrence rate. One of the most experienced No Mesh surgeons in the USA.
- Trust this surgeon who does No Mesh Hernia Repairs exclusively.
- Rid yourself from a lifetime of possible mesh complications”
Dr. Michael Reinhorn of Boston Hernia
Dr. Michael Reinhorn of Boston Hernia, located in Massachusetts, for example, began “offering no mesh shouldice repair in 2015.” Boston Hernia’s website indicates,” While we expect the long-term outcomes of the Shouldice repair to reveal a higher rate of hernia recurrence, this repair is a reasonable alternative for some patients.” Id.
According to Dr. Rheinhorn,”The Shouldice repair is the Canadian, no mesh hernia surgery repair first described by Dr. E.E. Shouldice in the 1940’s. This repair uses a patients natural tissues to repair the weakness in the abdominal wall. Dr. Reinhorn was first asked by a patient to perform this technique. This particular patient wanted to avoid mesh, for her repair and did not want to travel outside of New England for her inguinal hernia surgery. ” Boston hernia
“Dr. Michael Reinhorn is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a father, husband, cyclist and swimmer. For the last 12 years, Michael Reinhorn has enjoyed seeing new patients in the area surrounding Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a highly rated hospital in Newton, MA just 10 miles outside of Boston. Dr. Reinhorn’s focus is entirely on ambulatory hernia and pilonidal patients and in creating a focused practice servicing the entire New England region. While we perform the vast majority of our surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, we have been exploring safe ambulatory alternatives for patients including ambulatory centers near Boston. Dr. Reinhorn has interest and expertise in minimally invasive inguinal hernia surgery and has performed over 3400 hernia procedures during his career Years of experience: 17 years as a Surgeon, 22 as an MD.” Web Md
90 percent of hernia surgeons use mesh
According to “About 90 percent of hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. use hernia mesh. Surgeons in the U.S. use hernia mesh in one million surgeries every year.” Drug Watch It is very difficult to find a surgeon who performs non-mesh hernia surgeries. It is very difficult to find a good hernia mesh removal specialist.
To Mesh or Not to Mesh, That Is the Question