With mesh surgery, removal of problematic mesh handled by one of the most experienced physicians near Woodstock

removal of problematic mesh handled by one of the most experienced physicians near Woodstock

Several years ago, science seemed to have a solution for women suffering from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. With the insertion of a transvaginal mesh to support weakened muscles in the pelvic floor, women, in theory, would experience a marked decrease in pressure, pain, and urine leakage.

By design, transvaginal mesh is a wonderful idea. In practicality, this solution has helped many women find greater comfort and confidence. On the other hand, transvaginal mesh is also associated with several painful complications and is the focus of thousands of lawsuits. At Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology, mesh surgery for insertion, revision, or removal is handled by one of the most experienced physicians in the Chicago area. Patients near Woodstock, Park City, Lake Forest, and surrounding areas, consult with Dr. Sanjay Gandhi to learn the various details, including risks of mesh surgeries.

Why mesh may be revised or removed

Mesh has been successfully used as a method of hernia repair for decades. In about ten percent of women treated with transvaginal mesh, however, complications occur. When placed into the pelvic area, mesh has the potential for rejection, infection, and more. In some women, mesh shrinks or hardens. In others, mesh breaks apart or erodes nearby organs.

How do I know if my mesh is problematic?

There are signs that a mesh has hardened, shrunk, or is failing in some way:

  • Painful intercourse or urination
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Generalized pain in the pelvic area
  • Vaginal discharge, especially that in which fecal matter is present
  • “Poking” sensation in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • Blood in stool or urine

Mesh revision surgery

In some cases, complications from transvaginal mesh can be handled conservatively by trimming mesh that has become exposed and or the application of estrogen cream. When complications warrant, revision or removal may be considered. Like the insertion of transvaginal mesh, the revision or removal of this supportive netting must be carried out with a great deal of precision due to the potential for complications. If anything, revision or removal can be even more delicate due to the weaving of blood vessels and tissues with the mesh.

Dr. Sanjay Gandhi has received extensive training, ongoing education, and has years of experience dealing with both the insertion and the revision or removal of transvaginal mesh. His in-depth knowledge of this therapeutic treatment and his use of the latest diagnostic technology facilitate accurate planning for the most suitable surgical procedure. Depending on the extent of treatment, mesh revision or removal may be scheduled in an accredited outpatient facility or in a hospital setting.

Our goal in treatment planning is to achieve optimal results based on a patients’ needs and expectations. Dr. Gandhi and our team understand the intricacies of mesh and mesh revision or removal. We hear our patients concerns and take them seriously. If you are experiencing complications from mesh insertion, or require treatment for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, we can help. Contact us in Lake Forest, Park City, or Woodstock, IL today.

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