A vaginal mesh is placed by urogynecologists for patients dealing with pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and hernias. The mesh is placed to support the problematic organs and keep them in place to ensure their functionality. The placement of a vaginal mesh requires surgery; many patients considering this treatment have tried non-invasive alternatives and have not found success in treating their condition. Kegel exercise, pelvic floor trainers, and other methods are suggested before a patient is a viable candidate for surgery. Before treatment, patients are educated on the risks and complications associated with such surgical procedures to give them the knowledge they need to make a proper decision in regards to their pelvic health.
While the vaginal mesh was FDA approved over ten years ago for pelvic organ prolapse, there have been many reports of mesh complications. Patients have reported concerns such as infection, pain and discomfort, and erosion of the mesh, which has resulted in the need for vaginal mesh removal. It was found that approximately 10% of patients who have had vaginal meshes placed experience some problem or concern that requires removal.
Dr. Gandhi understands that slings and the vaginal mesh may not be the best solution for everyone, and complications can occur that require surgical treatment to repair, revise, or remove slings and vaginal meshes. He makes sure that he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of surgeries with patients before they are performed. However, the unexpected can occur and the treatment may fail, requiring removal and reconsideration of treatments. Having a doctor who a patient trusts is important in receiving helpful information before major decisions are made in regards to one’s health.
At Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology, we understand that your pelvic health is a large part of your everyday life, and treating problematic conditions can improve one’s quality of life dramatically. If you are a patient in the areas of Park City, Lake Forest, or Woodstock, Illinois, it may be time to visit a doctor to discuss concerns you have about urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, or pelvic organ prolapse. We have a caring, committed staff that ensures comfort and discretion in assisting our patients with their medical concerns.