One of the most severe and truly dangerous of these complications is erosion, which occurs when the mesh itself actually begins to cause the internal soft tissues—such as the vaginal wall—to wear away as it slowly moves through the tissues and into the surrounding organs. Additionally, erosion may cause the formation of pus-filed sores called abscesses; intense pelvic pain; bowel or bladder damage; and the development of small tunnels connecting the vagina and rectum, called recto-vaginal fissures. Such complications require the removal of the mesh implant, and sometimes multiple surgeries are necessary to repair the damage or remove the mesh.
Another extremely dangerous mesh-related complication is organ perforation, which means that mesh erosion has progressed to the point that the mesh has actually perforated the walls of a hollow organ in the body, most often the bladder, the urethra, the bowel, or the rectum. Perforation can, in some cases, lead to infection; and the only solution is surgical intervention to remove the mesh, often accompanied by a procedure to resection the bowel as well as a blood transfusion and colostomy.
Unfortunately, some women may also experience the complications of mesh exposure, which means that the mesh has become exposed in the vagina due to the fact that the incision made during the implantation of the mesh has not healed completely over the mesh or, in some cases, that the vaginal skin has been worn away over time after the incision has healed.
At Coyle Institute, we can provide the procedures necessary to address the failures of these medical devices, and we work with our patients to safely restore them to health, happiness, and freedom from the pain that has been plaguing them. Whether they suffer from such conditions as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, endometriosis, fibroid uterus, defecatory dysfunction, or one of the many other urogynecological dysfunctions, our patients are our number one priority; and we dedicate ourselves to giving them cutting-edge care and the very best solutions for their particular needs.
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Naturally, many medical procedures come with a risk, and to learn more about the risks involved with medical mesh implants, visit the FDA Public Health Notification on surgical mesh complications.