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Transvaginal Mesh Infection Symptoms and Diagnosis

TransVaginal-Mesh-Infection-Symptoms-and-DiagnosisWhen Transvaginal Mesh is implanted through incisions in the vagina, there is a serious risk of infection due to bacteria in the vagina. Unfortunately, many women who have a vaginal mesh infection suffer from severe pain and foul-smelling discharge. Aggressive antibiotic therapy and surgery to remove vaginal mesh is often necessary.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there have been thousands of complications directly linked to TransVaginal Mesh infection since these surgical corrective products were first used during the late 90s to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). If you believe that you may be suffering from associated symptoms of TransVaginal Mesh infection, there are some key signs that you should be aware of that are indicative of infection, and that should be confirmed by further medical analysis and proper diagnoses by your physician.

Transvaginal Mesh Infection Symptoms

The most common reason why TransVaginal Mesh infection occurs is due to the hardening and erosion of the materials. The mesh is attached to the vaginal walls via a surgical method, and certain brands have been linked to higher instances of failure. When the mesh hardens and erodes, it can break down into the body, creating shards that can be compared to that of shards of broken glass. These spiked shards can then perforate the surrounding tissues and organs, causing infection, discomfort, bleeding and other symptoms, which can include:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Rectal discomfort
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Painful sex
  • Reoccurrence of incontinence
  • Feeling of pain spikes in pelvic region
  • Pelvic discomfort and pain
  • And other symptoms

Complications of a Vaginal Mesh Infection Include

  • Chronic severe pain: This can be very debilitating and interfere with sitting down, walking, working, and sexual intercourse.
  • Seromas: Collection of fluid near the surgical site that often must be drained.
  • Adhesions and scarring: Internal scar tissue consisting of fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs after surgery. This can cause disfigurement of the vagina.
  • Erosion or rejection of the mesh: This requires treatment with surgery to remove the mesh.
  • Recurrent incontinence or organ prolapse

Seeking Diagnosis: What to Expect

When seeking medical diagnosis for TransVaginal Mesh infection, you should be aware that you may have to see a gynecological expert as well as a surgeon. A number of tests will be needed in order to determine the extent and cause of the infection. These tests include, but are not limited to:

  • Pelvic examination
  • CT scan
  • Pap smear
  • X-rays
  • Blood work
  • Other tests recommended by your treating doctor

Treatment for Vaginal Mesh Infection

The suggested treatment for an infected vaginal mesh will vary depending on the patient and how much tissue has grown into the mesh. However, treatment usually involves a combination of antibiotic medications and surgery (called excision surgery) to remove the mesh.

Surgery involves trimming the mesh, removing infected tissue, and closing the infected incision. The patient may need to use a catheter while the infected tissue heals. Several sessions of surgery may be necessary, because infected mesh can erode in multiple areas of the vaginal wall. Unfortunately, total removal of the mesh can be extremely difficult or technically impossible, and there is a high risk of organ damage and permanent complications.

 

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