Complications of Vaginal Mesh


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Use of mesh in transvaginal repairs of prolapse can potentially lead to complications such as mesh erosion, chronic pain, infections, pain during intercourse, or urinary problems. These complications may even require additional surgery. The treatment of stress incontinence with mesh also can also lead to complications. However, research shows that these complications are rare and less severe than the complications associated with mesh used in prolapse repairs.


Typical symptoms of a mesh complication could include: vaginal pain, pain with intercourse, a “poking” sensation vaginally, recurrent vaginal infections or urinary tract infections, foul smelling discharge, or pelvic pain and pressure.


Conservative management can be used in small areas of mesh extrusion, such as the use of topical estrogen. For more symptomatic or significant complications, partial or complete mesh excision can be performed.