Firstly, what is vaginal mesh, and why has it been used in surgical procedures?
Vaginal mesh is a form of synthetic netting that is surgically implanted into a woman’s pelvis. The procedure is used to help treat prolapsed organs, urinary incontinence and for the repairing weakened and/or damaged tissue which, for example, may be experienced following childbirth.
There are different types of mesh, or tape, which can be used. Some mesh can be absorbable which, you may be surprised to note, is usually derived from processed and disinfected animal tissue. Alternatively, the mesh can be non-absorbable. This form of mesh is usually used for long term assistance, as the mesh will remain indefinitely in aiding damage that may be beyond repair.
The insertion of the mesh is not a light procedure and can require patients to be hospitalised for a number of days following. As with all surgical procedures, there is an element of risk, however, recent debate has brought to light new findings on such risks, and their potential effects on patients undergoing treatment.