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The Mesh Mess: Getting the Details on Transvaginal Mesh

Unfortunately for the many women who could actually benefit from the implantation of transvaginal mesh, it has been widely demonized as something risky and potentially even damaging. Naturally, it’s important to weigh the pros with the cons; but it’s also vital to know all of the facts before assuming that something is dangerous and should be taken off the market.

When properly implanted, transvaginal mesh can truly be a great option for women suffering from many types of pelvic floor disorder. For women experiencing stress urinary incontinence or dealing with a prolapsed bladder or another type of pelvic organ prolapse, having the physical support of surgical mesh to keep those organs in place can be a life-changing solution. Because cases of transvaginal mesh complications have been given so much attention by the media, however, the public has become greatly confused about its viability.

Supportive Facts

For women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, transvaginal mesh works by reinforcing the vaginal wall. The mesh is implanted during a surgical procedure that is performed either through the vagina or through the abdomen. For treatment of stress urinary incontinence, the mesh can be implanted through the vagina and is used to create a supportive sling for the urethra, which effectively eases the stress that is placed on the bladder.

The overall risk for failure and complications is far less in cases of mesh implants being used to treat stress urinary incontinence than for cases of pelvic organ prolapse.

Some complications include:

  • Mesh erosion
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Painful sex
  • Organ perforation
  • Urinary problems

Depending on the severity, some complications may require surgery to repair. A full examination will be needed to determine the risks and evaluate the benefits, so consult with a specialist to know what options might be available to you.

At Coyle Institute, we have years of experience in implanting transvaginal mesh and have seen the success it can offer in treating patients suffering from the unfortunate effects of a pelvic floor disorder such as pelvic organ prolapse. We know, however, that not all cases can be treated with such measures, and each patient in our care is given only options that will be safe and effective for their specific condition. As we work with our clients, we offer them our advice and our expertise so that they can become more familiar with any solutions we recommend and can have their concerns fully addressed.

Getting the proper care and support shouldn’t be complicated! Call the team of experts at Coyle Institute to schedule a consultation today!