Women with pelvic floor disorder would likely go for the treatments that involve mesh. The report about complications might have confused or hesitant to seek treatment. Let’s understand how a mesh is used and the possible complications. Before that, we discuss what surgical mesh is? And how is surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders?
Let’s get into the topic,
What is surgical mesh?
Surgical mesh is a medical product that is used to give more support to weakened or damaged tissue. The surgical mesh is made from synthetic materials or animal tissue.
How surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorder?
Here is the list where you can use surgical mesh can be used to treat:
- Pelvic Organ prolapse(POP): If the muscles and ligaments that support woman’s pelvic organs weaken, then the pelvic organs can fall out of the place and bulge down in the vagina. To treat POP, surgical mesh is implanted to strengthen the weakened vaginal wall. Using the mesh, surgery can be done through the abdomen or through the vagina without the use of mesh.
- Stress urinary incontinence(SUI): This is the unintentional urine loss because of physical movement or activities such as coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting, which sets pressure on your urinary bladder. Surgical mesh urethral slings can be implanted through the vagina to support the urethra or bladder neck, which is known as a mid-urethral sling or a mesh sling procedure.
What are the safety concerns of using surgical mesh to treat pelvic floor disorders?
At every use of mesh carries its own risks and advantages such as: Using surgical mesh via the vagina to treat POP has associated with high rates of mesh-related complications such as mesh poking via vagina skin, pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. If you have transvaginal mesh placed for the surgical repair of POP, continue with your routine care. If you have complications or symptoms, then talk to your private gynaecologist.
If you are planning to have treatment for pelvic floor disorder that involves surgical mesh, be sure to have your consultant private gynaecologist explain all of your options and also their possible risks and benefits.