Early experience with mesh excision for adverse outcomes after transvaginal mesh placement using prolapse kits.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the complications, treatments, and outcomes in patients choosing to undergo removal of mesh previously placed with a mesh procedural kit. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective review of all patients who underwent surgical removal of transvaginal mesh for mesh-related complications during a 3-year period at Cleveland Clinic. At last follow-up, patients reported degree of pain, level of improvement, sexual activity, and continued symptoms. RESULTS: Nineteen patients underwent removal of mesh during the study period. Indications for removal included chronic pain (6/19), dyspareunia (6/19), recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (8/19), mesh erosion (12/19), and vesicovaginal fistula (3/19), with most patients (16/19) citing more than 1 reason. There were few complications related to the mesh removal. Most patients reported significant relief of symptoms. CONCLUSION: Mesh removal can be technically difficult but appears to be safe with few complications and high relief of symptoms, although some symptoms can persist.
Ridgeway, B; Walters, MD; Paraiso, MFR; Barber, MD; McAchran, SE; Goldman, HB; Jelovsek, JE
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