Mesh Complications

Every surgery carries risks, but there are particular circumstances when the placement of vaginal mesh is beneficial and appropriate. When used by a qualified surgeon, vaginal mesh is a valuable tool in the successful surgical repair of vaginal wall abnormalities leading to pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Dabbous has the expertise necessary to determine if you’re a good candidate for vaginal mesh repair and the surgical skills required to use it effectively.

What is Vaginal Mesh?

Vaginal mesh is a material used by surgeons to reinforce a severely weakened vaginal wall that’s causing pelvic organ prolapse. It’s also used to support the urethra and bladder in treatment for stress urinary incontinence. Dr. Dabbous uses synthetic mesh created from polypropylene, the same material used for sutures for more than 50 years. Surgical mesh has also been used for decades to aid in abdominal and incisional hernia repairs when extra reinforcement is needed.

Symptoms that may be related to Mesh Complications:

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Recurrent Vaginal Infections, UTI’s or Vaginal Bleeding
  • Pain during Intercourse
  • Urinary Problems

How are Mesh Complications treated?

For some patients, Dr. Dabbous may recommend a surgical procedure called native tissue repair that uses absorbable sutures to restore structure to the vaginal wall. This technique relies on native tissue scarring to provide strength. If the damage to your vaginal wall is severe, however, vaginal mesh implanted during surgery can offer better support that helps prevent recurrent prolapse.

Dr. Dabbous has extensive experience and skill in both native tissue repair and repair with surgical mesh. He does not support the routine use of one method over the other. Rather, he advocates tailoring surgery to meet each patient’s individual need. His priority is choosing the surgical technique that offers you the best opportunity for repair of your pelvic floor disorder and resolution of your symptoms.