Doctors report that common condition can be treated successfully without vaginal mesh
Loyola University Health System's (LUHS) urogynecologists applaud the United States Food and Drug Administration for issuing a warning against placing mesh through the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse, a common disorder where the internal structures that support the bladder, uterus and bowel drop and protrude outside of the body. "Fortunately, we are able to help our patients without the use of vaginally placed mesh, which appears to expose patients to greater risk than other surgical options," said Linda Brubaker, MD, director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, LUHS.
Risks associated with using the mesh in this manner include having the device protrude out of the vaginal tissue, pain, bleeding, infection, organ perforation and need for additional surgery. The Loyola urogynecology team specializes in mesh-related complications. "We provide care for patients who come to us after they have had this procedure done elsewhere," said Kimberly Kenton, MD, MS, director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Robotic Program. Elizabeth Mueller, MD, MSME, director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, agrees. "The mesh-related complications can be reduced through minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and robotics that do not include vaginal mesh." MEDIA: If you are interested in speaking with a physician, contact Nora Plunkett in Media Relations at (708) 417-5014.