Signs you may be a candidate for vaginal mesh removal or revision in Park City
Since the 1950s, mesh implants were used medically for hernia repair. As early as the 1970s, the use of mesh implants had advanced into the area of urogynecology. Women around the globe found new hope in their efforts to minimize the effects of pelvic organ prolapsed and urinary stress incontinence. Very quickly, however, the problems associated with the use of transvaginal mesh began surfacing. As early as the 1990s, studies began to determine the extent and frequency of many transvaginal mesh problems. In response to various complaints and survey results, the FDA issued a public health notification, and has updated its advisory several times in recent years.
Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and the professional team at Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology offer excellence in care to women affected by pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence issues. We understand the stress that may occur because of incontinence and sexual dysfunction due to such conditions, but also see the big picture when it comes to treatment. Though transvaginal mesh systems may be successful in some women, we realize that there are many for whom the repair that was intended to reduce symptoms only causes troublesome side effects.
There are several signs that may alert a woman to problems with her transvaginal mesh system, most of which will occur after recovery from the initial surgical procedure. Some of the symptoms that lead women to visit Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology include:
- Recurrence of pre-treatment problems like urinary incontinence or dropped organs
- Increase in vaginal infections
- Vaginal bleeding not associated with menstruation
- Urine leakage
- Increase in vaginal discharge
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty with bowel movements or constipation
- Persistent lower back pain in the absence of injury
- Obstruction of bladder outlet
- Mesh erosion
- Abdominal pressure or pain
- The feeling of protrusion from the vagina
A few problems may occur after the insertion of transvaginal mesh. The mesh may fail to properly bond with surrounding tissues, or it may erode. Transvaginal mesh erosion is actually one of the issues gynecologists most commonly see. Fortunately, due to the extent of current data related to transvaginal mesh, more physicians are recognizing the validity of patients’ health complaints. Dr. Sanjay Gandhi is an experience urogynecology specialist. In our pelvic health practice, we understand the intricacies of vaginal mesh, its capabilities, and its potential complications.
If you suspect you may benefit from vaginal mesh removal, we encourage you to schedule an appointment in one of our offices in the Chicago suburbs. We can help you regain a better quality of life!