Synthetic mesh or biological grafts are sometimes used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence. These mesh materials were developed to help decrease the recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse after surgery or to provide a durable fix for urinary continence. Patients considering surgical mesh repair should understand and consider the condition being treated, recommended treatments, types of mesh, mesh placement, and the surgery plan.
The physicians and staff at University Women's Care are a team of caring professionals. Our providers have the expertise to treat even the most complex urogynecologic problems. We provide practiced, thoughtful care and work with patients to find the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment to meet each woman's unique personal needs.
Any foreign material implanted into the body can potentially cause problems. Despite the possible advantage of being a durable repair for prolapse or incontinence, some patients have reported problems with surgical mesh. Although rare, these complications can be serious. All surgery poses risk. Discuss the benefits and risks of surgical mesh repair with your physician before choosing to undergo surgery.
Anyone considering mesh placement should discuss all questions and any concerns with her physician. Most of the concern has been focused on permanent mesh implants placed through the vagina to correct pelvic organ prolapse. Learn more about transvaginal mesh complications and the Food and Drug Administration's information about these complications below.
Treating mesh complications focuses on alleviating the problem and often involves a plan with multiple treatment methods that may include:
Often, surgery is needed to correct issues of mesh exposure. Surgery for pain likely related to mesh is also a treatment option for many patients. Our treatment plans are always individualized to a patient's specific complaints or problems. Our physicians work closely with each patient to answer questions, provide information, and determine the best treatment plan to meet the patient's individual health needs.
If you think you may be experiencing a complication from a mesh product, our team is here to provide education about the problem and a comprehensive treatment plan in an understanding and supportive environment.
Our providers have the expertise to treat even the most complex urogynecologic problems with practiced, thoughtful care for the needs of our patients. The pelvic health program at UMMC sees patients by physician-referral and self-referral.
To refer a patient to the University Women's Care pelvic health program: