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What are the consequences with mesh entangled or pushing into the urethra?

By Anonymous August 10, 2016 - 7:51am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your question.

Have you had surgery for the repair of a prolapsed bladder? Have you been told that the mesh is entangled or pushed into your urethra?

In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. This may trigger problems such as urinary difficulties, discomfort, and stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by sneezing, coughing, and exertion, for example).

Prolapsed bladders (also called cystoceles or fallen bladders) are separated into four grades based on how far the bladder droops into the vagina.

Severe prolapsed bladders that cannot be managed with a pessary usually require surgery to correct them. Prolapsed bladder surgery is usually performed through the vagina, and the goal is to secure the bladder in its correct position. The bladder is repaired with an incision in the vaginal wall. The prolapsed area is closed and the wall is strengthened.

Anonymous, how did the mesh sling become entangled or pushed into your urethra? This is a matter you must discuss with your surgeon.

The most serious complications, however, have been reported with synthetic slings that have eroded into nearby organs in the pelvic cavity, such as the vagina, and rectum. Organ perforation has also been reported. This occurs when the sling punctures an organ. The patient may also experience inflammation, which means the body has rejected the sling.


August 10, 2016 - 8:31am
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