LVRI of MichiganObstetrics & Gynecology, Cosmetic Surgery
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Joseph Berenholz, MD
- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Joseph Berenholz - LVRI of Michigan is the longest established Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery Center in the Mid-West. 100% of our practice is dedicated to Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Joseph Berenholz has been a Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Detroit area. During that time, he has delivered thousands of healthy infants. However, his real passion has been gynecologic surgery with a specific passion for Urogynecologic and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He has performed nearly 3,000 - 4,000 surgeries over the lifetime of his career. What makes Dr. Berenholz so unique however is that he has always been one of the few practioners in the area to help introduce the latest innovations in gynecologic surgeries to his patients and colleagues.
In the 1970's, laser was first brought to southeast Michigan for gynecologic surgery by Drs' Milton Goldrath and Alf Sherman. Dr. Berenholz was trained by these two pioneers in the application of CO2 laser therapy for a precancerous condition of the cervix called "cervical dysplasia." But Dr. Berenholz continued his search for innovative therapies in women's healthcare.
At approximately the same time, Dr. Kurt Semm, the "father of laporoscopic surgery", was developing laporosccopic techniques for Gyn surgery never performed before in Michigan. Dr. Berenholz corresponded with Dr. Semm and eventually spent time in California training with the famous physician. Dr. Berenholz returned to Detroit and encouraged his department to make the necessary instrument purchases for the advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Semm died in 2004 and was acknowledged by the N.Y. Times for his contribution to medicine.
When it came to hysteroscopic surgery, once again, Dr. Berenholz sought out the world's leading pioneer and authority, Dr. Jacques Hamou. Dr.Hamou essentially wrote the "bible" in this area. Hysteroscopic surgery is performed through a woman's vagina and into a woman's uterus. It allows the physician to correct many bleeding problems within the uterus without resorting to abdominal sugery and subsequent hysterectomy. Thanks to Dr. Berenholz's training with Dr. Hamou, hundreds of women have been spared such radical surgery. Dr. Berenholz was one of the first physicians to begin doing "Endometrial Ablations" of the uterus on his staff. Dr. Berenholz may very well have one of the lowest hysterectomy rates among his colleagues at both the St. John healthcare system as well as the Detroit Medical Center.
Currently, in the arena of Urogynecology, Dr. Berenholz still remains a leader among his fellow physicians. He was the first Ob/Gyn at Providence hospital, to perform the "Trans Obturator Urethral Sling" procedure. This allowed women to be cured of their urinary stress incontinence on an out patient basis. Prior to that, women traditionally had surgery requiring 2-3 days of hospital care.
Even after nearly 20 years of practice, Dr. Berenholz once again finds himself leading the way in women's healthcare. Over the years, patients have confided with Dr. Berenholz regarding "vaginal looseness" and loss of sexual sensation after childbearing. Telling his patients that this was all a natural part of "motherhood," left both Dr. Berenholz and his patients very dissatisfied. Seeking a surgical solution, Dr. Berenholz encountered Dr. David Matlock of Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Matlock was the first and only physician to develop Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation seven years ago. Dr Berenholz immediately flew out to California to meet with Dr. Matlock. Today, Dr. Berenholz is one of only approximately one dozen physicians worldwide trained in this procedure! He is currently the only physician in the Midwest using laser to address women's needs in this area.
Dr. Berenholz has been sought out by the pharmaceutical industry to be a spokesperson to both physicians and women groups. He addresses issues such as "Osteoporosis" for the Lilly Corporation, "Hormone Replacement Therapy" for the Wyeth Ayerst corporation, and "Treatment of Genital Herpes" for the Glaxo Smith Kline Corp.
Never tiring, Dr. Berenholz has recently become a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging and now lectures on the "Role of Inflammation in Aging and Chronic Disease."
Dr. Berenholz has been married for 33 years to his beautiful wife Annette. She teaches "Metal Sculpting" at the college level and is a well recognized artist in her own right. They have three very accomplished children, and their black toy poodle "Lucky."
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute Medical Associates
Society for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
International Federation of Gynecologic Endoscopics
American Medical Association
American Fertility Society
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Association of Gynecologic Laporoscopists
American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine
Michigan State Medical Society
Michigan State Board of Medicine
Oakland County Medical Society
Detroit Medical Center, Clinical Instructor
Sinai Grace Hospital
St. John Healthcare System
Huron Valley Hospital
Vivian Berry Surgical Center
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