Uses of Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device used to treat certain abdominal conditions in women, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the organs in the pelvis move out of their ordinary positions and crowd into other spaces in the abdomen, such as into the vagina or the area surrounding the intestines. It is caused by weakness in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the pelvis. Pelvic organ prolapse is more common in women who have given birth to multiple children or who have passed menopause.
According to the Harvard Medical School, as many as 50 percent of women will experience some degree of pelvic organ prolapse in their lives. Approximately 10 percent of women will have surgery to correct moderate or severe pelvic organ prolapse.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include the following:
- Pain or pressure in the abdomen
- Urinary problems, like stress urinary incontinence, recurring urinary tract infections, or difficulty urinating
- Bowel problems, like pressure, pain, and constipation
- Sexual problems, such as pain during intercourse
Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse by providing an additional layer to strengthen the abdominal wall, keeping the pelvic organs in place. Surgeries that do not use transvaginal mesh and non-surgical treatments may also be options for some patients.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence is the medical name for accidentally leaking urine during physical activity, such as running, laughing, or sneezing. It is often caused by weakness in either or both of the two muscles that control urination. The weakness may be related to pelvic organ prolapse or to another condition. Childbirth, surgery, or injuries in the pelvic area, and some medications can all lead to muscle weakness in the bladder or urethra, preventing the patient from holding urine in the bladder.
Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of incontinence in women, especially as women pass menopause. The primary symptom of stress urinary incontinence is inability to hold urine during any sudden physical activity that puts stress on the bladder. Laughing, coughing, exercise, and sexual intercourse may all result in leakage. Even small leaks can affect a person’s quality of life and need medical attention to fix.
Before recommending a treatment for stress urinary incontinence, your doctor may wish to perform several tests to rule out more serious conditions. These tests may examine the volume of urine in your bladder or ask you to exercise, cough, or do other activities with a full bladder to see how much urine you lose when your bladder is under pressure.
Transvaginal mesh surgery is one option for treating stress urinary incontinence. The transvaginal mesh is placed between the bladder and the uterus to support the bladder and strengthen the pelvic muscles. When the implant is successful, the patient becomes able to hold urine again without experiencing other symptoms, such as pain. When the transvaginal mesh fails, however, stress urinary incontinence may return, along with other symptoms.
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