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Authors Ridgeway B, Walters MD, Paraiso MF, Barber MD, McAchran SE, Goldman HB, Jelovsek JE
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Journal Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Volume: 199 Issue: 6 Pages: 703.e1-7
Publish Date 2008 Dec
PubMed ID 18845292

The purpose of this study was to determine the complications, treatments, and outcomes in patients choosing to undergo removal of mesh previously placed with a mesh procedural kit.This was a retrospective review of all patients who underwent surgical removal of transvaginal mesh for mesh-related complications during a 3-year period at Cleveland Clinic. At last follow-up, patients reported degree of pain, level of improvement, sexual activity, and continued symptoms.Nineteen patients underwent removal of mesh during the study period. Indications for removal included chronic pain (6/19), dyspareunia (6/19), recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (8/19), mesh erosion (12/19), and vesicovaginal fistula (3/19), with most patients (16/19) citing more than 1 reason. There were few complications related to the mesh removal. Most patients reported significant relief of symptoms.Mesh removal can be technically difficult but appears to be safe with few complications and high relief of symptoms, although some symptoms can persist. Copyright © 2018 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System