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Vaginal Mesh Complications


Urogynecologists located in Wellesley, MA & Hudson, MA

An increasing number of women are reporting vaginal mesh complications from pelvic floor repair surgeries. If you’re among them, come see Neeraj Kohli, MD, MBA at Boston Urogyn in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dr. Kohli uses advanced technologies to correct vaginal mesh complications and treat pelvic floor disorders. Call Boston Urogyn or schedule an appointment online to learn more about their state-of-the-art treatments that restore your vaginal health and quality of life.

Vaginal Mesh Complications Q & A

What is a vaginal mesh?

Transvaginal meshes are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If you have POP, your bladder, uterus, or rectum drops and sometimes extends outside your vaginal opening. Transvaginal meshes were made to correct POP by reinforcing the vaginal wall or supporting the bladder neck or urethra.

What kinds of complications do vaginal meshes cause?

Many women have had their lives interrupted by complications related to this surgery. Some of the complications they’ve encountered include:

  • Vaginal scarring
  • Urinary problems
  • Infections
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse

In some instances where a vaginal mesh has caused problems, erosion occurs. When that happens, the vaginal mesh gradually separates from its implant site in the vaginal wall and affects the surrounding organs and tissues. Vaginal meshes can also protrude from the vagina’s opening.

What are the symptoms of vaginal mesh complications?

Vaginal mesh erosion and scarring can cause significant discomfort and pain. Additional symptoms might include:

  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Urinary problems
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal pain

In some cases, pain during intercourse can be experienced by your sexual partner.

How are vaginal mesh complications treated?

Dr. Kohli is a leader in the field of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. If you’re experiencing complications from a transvaginal mesh implant, surgical removal might be the best course of action.

During this delicate procedure, Dr. Kohli removes as much of the surgical mesh as possible and repairs the damage to your pelvic area. This surgery can be difficult because the extent of tissue damage may be unknown.

After removing the vaginal mesh, you might still require treatment for POP. In that case, Dr. Kohli might recommend Botox® injections to reduce muscle spasms in the pelvic floor. Additional treatments include:

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pain medication

If you’re concerned about vaginal mesh complications or you’re currently experiencing pelvic discomfort thanks to a vaginal mesh, call Boston Urogyn or schedule an appointment online.