Surgical management of mesh-related complications after prior pelvic floor reconstructive surgery with mesh - Abstract

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 791, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


The objective of this study is to evaluate the complications and anatomical and functional outcomes of the surgical treatment of mesh-related complications.

A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent complete or partial mesh excision to treat complications after prior mesh-augmented pelvic floor reconstructive surgery was conducted.

Seventy-three patients underwent 30 complete and 51 partial mesh excisions. Intraoperative complications occurred in 4 cases, postoperative complications in 13. Symptom relief was achieved in 92% of patients. Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurred in 29% of complete and 5% of partial excisions of mesh used in POP surgery. De novo stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurred in 36% of patients who underwent excision of a suburethral sling.

Mesh excision relieves mesh-related complications effectively, although with a substantial risk of serious complications and recurrence of POP or SUI. More complex excisions should be performed in skilled centers.

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Tijdink MM, Vierhout ME, Heesakkers JP, Withagen MI.   Are you the author?

Reference: Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2011 Jun 17. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s00192-011-1476-2

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21681595 Female Urology Section