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Does the mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence resulted in complications?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Abraham Morse
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: A urethral sling
is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra.
This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps

In brief: A urethral sling
is a thin strip of mesh that is used to support only the urethra.
This particular use of mesh has been very thoroughly studied and has a low (NOT zero) risk of serious complications and a high (85-90% in most cases) success rate. If your surgeon is experienced with these devices and you have been properly evaluated, it is a reasonable recommendation. I hope this helps
Dr. Abraham Morse
Dr. Abraham Morse
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Any surgery
Any surgery has complications.
Right now in the media, mesh products are getting a bad reputation. The truth is more people have been helped by these procedures than harmed. Here are some good resources www. voicesfor pfd.org www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/urogynsurgicalmesh

In brief: Any surgery
Any surgery has complications.
Right now in the media, mesh products are getting a bad reputation. The truth is more people have been helped by these procedures than harmed. Here are some good resources www. voicesfor pfd.org www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/urogynsurgicalmesh
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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Dr. Mary Denman
Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
The mesh itself is unlikely to cause problems.
Problems with the slings happen when there is an erosion of the mesh material into another structure such as the bladder or the vagina. This happens less than 5% of the time. Other complications of mesh slings include bladder injury with placement, urinary retention, nerve damage, and pain. Check out the fda website for more information.

In brief: Sometimes
The mesh itself is unlikely to cause problems.
Problems with the slings happen when there is an erosion of the mesh material into another structure such as the bladder or the vagina. This happens less than 5% of the time. Other complications of mesh slings include bladder injury with placement, urinary retention, nerve damage, and pain. Check out the fda website for more information.
Dr. Mary Denman
Dr. Mary Denman
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Dr. James Krick
Urology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It may
The mid urethral sling is an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
it is possible the sling material may cause chronic pain. This doesn't occur often but when it does it may necessitate removal of the sling material

In brief: It may
The mid urethral sling is an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
it is possible the sling material may cause chronic pain. This doesn't occur often but when it does it may necessitate removal of the sling material
Dr. James Krick
Dr. James Krick
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rarely
15 years that the urethral sling is the gold standard for surgical correction of stress incontinence.
In less than 10 minutes a mesh tape is inserted through a 1/2 inch incision in the roof of the vagina under the urethra to restore support to the pubic bone. Normal activity in days. Covered by insurance less than 1% serious complications. 80-90% report improvement. Imagine no more pad!

In brief: Rarely
15 years that the urethral sling is the gold standard for surgical correction of stress incontinence.
In less than 10 minutes a mesh tape is inserted through a 1/2 inch incision in the roof of the vagina under the urethra to restore support to the pubic bone. Normal activity in days. Covered by insurance less than 1% serious complications. 80-90% report improvement. Imagine no more pad!
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: For some women
Some women have experience complications with the mesh eroding through the vagina and/or the bladder.
This requires repeat surgery to remove the mesh. There is a much safer, new procedure which is also good for urethral hypermobility. www.renessa.com will give you the details. It involves radiofrequency to remodel the collagen around the urethra.

In brief: For some women
Some women have experience complications with the mesh eroding through the vagina and/or the bladder.
This requires repeat surgery to remove the mesh. There is a much safer, new procedure which is also good for urethral hypermobility. www.renessa.com will give you the details. It involves radiofrequency to remodel the collagen around the urethra.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
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Dr. Abraham Morse
Renessa has not been shown to be effective over longer periods of time. like any surgery, mid-urethral sling has some risk of complications but it is the gold-standard procedure for stress incontinence
Dr. Amit Patel
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Mostly no
In most cases, no, but since every patient is different, it is difficult to predict who will have a complication.
The complication rate for mesh slings is generally low (less than 10% of patients), but can sometimes require more surgery to fully correct.

In brief: Mostly no
In most cases, no, but since every patient is different, it is difficult to predict who will have a complication.
The complication rate for mesh slings is generally low (less than 10% of patients), but can sometimes require more surgery to fully correct.
Dr. Amit Patel
Dr. Amit Patel
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