An update on research and outcomes in surgical management of vaginal mesh complications

Dominic Lee, Philippe E Zimmern

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Introduction: Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are major quality of life conditions affecting millions of individuals. Transvaginal mesh materials have been proposed to supplant native tissue repairs. However, these materials have opened a new field, meshology, devoted to the management of mesh complications. Areas covered: This review highlights some of the recent developments in this subspecialty which often requires a multidisciplinary approach. With better imaging, the preoperative assessment of mesh complications has been enhanced. Specialized centers with high volumes are best suited to handle these challenging patients who fear the many risks of mesh removal and the uncertainties of their clinical status after the removal procedure(s). However, despite a better classification system recommended by specialized societies, the multidimensional outcome of these repair procedures will require the adoption of outcome tools which can cover several domains such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, bladder infections, to name a few. Expert opinion: The surgical approach to mesh removal is also evolving with some experts recommending complete removal while others prefer more selective excision. Finally, the long-term outcome of these mesh removal procedures is not yet fully known.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-580
Number of pages12
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

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Keywords

  • complications
  • FDA notification; mesh litigation
  • Mid-urethral sling
  • prolapse
  • stress urinary incontinence
  • vaginal mesh

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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