Vaginal Mesh Complications

Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Fareesa Khan, MD

Urogynecologist located in St. Louis, MO & Farmington, MO

Pelvic floor disorders are sometimes treated with vaginal mesh to support prolapsing organs or address symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. Complications with this method of treatment, however, can happen. If they do, Fareesa G. Khan, MD, at the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in St. Louis is available to help. She can help you understand how mesh is used and the possible complications that arise. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to get more information about vaginal mesh complications.

Vaginal Mesh Complications Q & A

What is vaginal surgical mesh?

Surgical mesh is surgically placed into your body to provide extra support for organs when your pelvic floor muscles weaken. You may have it implanted when more conservative measures, such as physical therapy, fail to resolve your symptoms. Most surgical mesh is made of animal tissue or synthetic materials.

How does surgical mesh work?

Surgical mesh is placed in the vaginal region to reinforce a weakened vaginal wall. The weak tissue may cause organs to prolapse, or drop, and result in uncomfortable symptoms, such as pelvic pressure and irregular tissue. 

In about 10% of cases of pelvic organ prolapse, a woman needs surgery to repair the condition. Surgical mesh is an effective and simple surgical solution for treating prolapse.

Surgical mesh is also implanted when you have stress incontinence, a loss of urine from activities such as laughing, running, and sneezing that cause pressure. The mesh supports the bladder neck to prevent leakage.

What complications arise due to surgical mesh?

Complications include cases of mesh poking through the vaginal skin as well as pelvic pain, infection, vaginal scarring, bleeding, recurrence of prolapse, and pain with intercourse. If you experience these symptoms, consult with Dr. Khan.

How are surgical mesh complications treated?

The management of surgical complications of mesh requires an individualized approach. Dr. Khan takes into account the type of mesh complication and the location of the tissue damage, its magnitude, severity, and potential recurrence of pelvic floor problems.

If you have complications associated with vaginal mesh implants, you may need removal surgery. Dr. Khan removes as much of the mesh as possible and repairs any damaged tissue. You may need additional surgeries to correct existing organ prolapse and further fix damaged tissue.

The removal of vaginal mesh can be complicated because it’s supposed to be a permanent implant. Dr. Khan is a skilled urogynecologist who expertly removes the mesh without further damaging the surrounding tissue and organs.

If you have complications related to vaginal mesh, call the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery or book a consultation online to review your customized treatment options today.