A vaginal mesh has been used for years to address conditions such as hernias and pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that occurs when organs such as the bladder, bowels, or uterus collapse. Urogynecologists use a vaginal mesh to support these organs and for patients struggling with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It supports the bladder neck to reduce loss of urine that affects approximately half of women over the age of 65.
A vaginal mesh was FDA-approved for pelvic organ prolapse in 2002, but they have been notified of mesh complications that have occurred in some patients. Patients who had treatments back in the 50s may be experiencing mesh complications that can be addressed with surgical treatment. Approximately 10 percent of women who have had vaginal mesh treatments have experienced erosion within one year after their surgery.
Women who are experiencing problems with their vaginal mesh such as pain, infection, or erosion may opt for a surgical procedure to remove the mesh and consider alternative options to address their pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Although there are risks and complications that can occur with any surgery, it is important to know that at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology, all risks and complications are thoroughly discussed with patients before surgery is performed. Before these more invasive options, many patients are encouraged to consider non-surgical treatments and exercises.
Dr. Gandhi performs sling placements, removals, and revisions when necessary. Patients are encouraged to speak with him in regards to any concerns they may have about their mid-urethral sling or vaginal mesh, and determine if additional surgical treatments are appropriate.
The team at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology is here to help women of all ages with a number of conditions and concerns, and provide compassionate care and discreet assistance with medical concerns and problems that patients may be embarrassed or self-conscious about.
If you are a woman in Illinois area and you are considering professional assistance with your pelvic care, contact Dr. Gandhi of Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology today to schedule an initial consultation appointment and full medical examination to seek assistance and improvement in your conditions.