Vaginal mesh, or transvaginal mesh, is a treatment designed to support weakened pelvic floor muscles present in conditions like pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. The goal is to relieve pressure on the bladder and other organs.
However, there are complications related to this treatment. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019 banned the use of this mesh for treating pelvic organ prolapse.
If you’re a woman who’s had a vaginal mesh procedure and you’re dealing with complications, you may need to have the mesh removed. For those in and around Wellesley or Hudson, Massachusetts, Dr. Neeraj Kohli and his skilled staff at BostonUrogyn can help.
The mesh, which can be natural or synthetic, is supposed to act as a barrier to form a support structure in your pelvic region, but there are risks, including:
Mesh erosion is the most common problem women encounter, with synthetic meshes breaking down and wearing away. The mesh, in turn, becomes exposed or even protrudes through the vagina.
The erosion may also work its way into nearby organs and tissue like your bladder, rectum, and urethra. This problem isn’t as common as basic erosion.
Over time, the mesh can tighten, leading to vaginal shortening, tightening, and intense pain.
Mesh problems can lead to a variety of related symptoms, including:
Ironically, given that vaginal mesh is used to treat stress incontinence, problems with the mesh can result in incontinence issues.
At BostonUrogyn, Dr. Kohli’s expertise in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery is of great service if you need to have damaged mesh removed. He determines the extent of the damage and finds ways to treat the issues that the mesh was initially supposed to manage.
Surgery is necessary to remove the mesh. Once completed, if prolapse or incontinence issues remain, Dr. Kohli can recommend additional treatments, including Botox® injections, nerve blocks, pelvic floor therapy, and medications to manage the pain.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of vaginal mesh complications, we can help you find relief. To make an appointment with Dr. Kohli, call the BostonUrogyn location nearest you today or book your visit online.