Vaginal Mesh Complications Specialist

Park Avenue Urogynecology

Urogynecology & Gynecologic Surgery located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Patients who have had vaginal mesh surgery for prolapse and incontinence, and are dealing with ongoing complications, should be carefully evaluated and a treatment plan created. This involves not only a plan for removal of the mesh if necessary, but also for reconstruction if indicated. To schedule a consultation for vaginal mesh complications, call Park Avenue Urogynecology in the Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, today or book an appointment online.

Vaginal Mesh Complications Q&A

What is vaginal mesh?

Vaginal mesh is a material used in pelvic reconstructive surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and moderate-to-severe urinary incontinence. The medical-grade mesh material provides extra support and strength to your pelvic floor muscles to hold your bladder, uterus, and other organs in place.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when weak muscles in your pelvic floor can’t support your bladder, uterus, and other organs. As a result, these organs can fall downward and into your vaginal canal.

Weak pelvic muscles can also contribute to urinary incontinence, which describes unexpected urine leaks and urinary frequency that makes getting to the bathroom in time difficult.

Dr. Kwon performs surgery to reposition your pelvic organs using mesh. She also has extensive experience correcting complications that result from previous vaginal mesh surgery.

What are vaginal mesh complications?

As with any medical procedure, some complications can occur using vaginal mesh. These complications can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with sex
  • Mesh erosion
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Mesh contracting (tightening)
  • Mesh poking through the vaginal skin

These physical issues can also cause women mental and emotional health issues, like anxiety and depression.

How are vaginal mesh complications treated?

If you have complications from a previous vaginal mesh surgery, you may need surgery. Dr. Kwon performs a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam to determine if you’re a candidate for surgery.

If you have mesh complications, she can use minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove the damaged mesh and to correct other complications that the mesh causes.  She can use tissue from your own body to form a sling to keep your pelvic organs in place if you’re not a candidate for mesh.

When you have a history of mesh surgery but don’t have any symptoms, Dr. Kwon recommends that you follow through with routine pelvic examinations each year.

These visits allow her to check the condition of your mesh implant and identify issues like vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain that can indicate you may need mesh removal surgery.

To find out more about your options for correcting vaginal mesh complications, call Park Avenue Urogynecology today or book an appointment online.