What are vaginal mesh complications?
The use of vaginal mesh in prolapse repairs can potentially lead to complications, such as mesh erosion, chronic pain, infections, pain during intercourse, or urinary problems. These complications may even require additional surgery. The treatment of stress incontinence with mesh also can lead to complications. However, research shows that these complications are rare and less severe than the difficulties associated with mesh used in prolapse repairs.
To avoid complications, Dr. Antonini uses synthetic mesh created from polypropylene, the same material used for sutures for over 50 years.
When is vaginal mesh needed?
If the damage to your vaginal wall is severe, a vaginal mesh implanted during surgery can offer fantastic support and help to prevent a recurrent prolapse.
For some patients, the structure to the vaginal wall can be restored with absorbable sutures. This surgical procedure is known as native tissue repair. This technique relies on new tissue growth to provide strength.
Your age, what stage of prolapse you have, recurrent prolapse in the past, and complicating conditions that may affect healing (i.e., diabetes) are all factors that Dr. Antonini considers before recommending native tissue repair versus vaginal mesh placement.
What are the symptoms of mesh complications?
Typical symptoms of a mesh complication may include:
- Vaginal pain
- Painful sex
- A “poking” sensation vaginally
- Recurrent vaginal infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- A foul-smelling discharge
- Pelvic pain and pressure
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To treat vaginal mesh complications, conservative management can be used in small areas of mesh extrusion, such as the use of topical estrogen. For more symptomatic or significant complications, partial or complete mesh excision (removal) can be performed. If you are suffering as a result of complications of vaginal mesh surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Antonini today. He will determine which course of action will be required to address your symptoms. Call 512-716-0861 or request an appointment online.