Vaginal repair with mesh
Traditional vaginal repair involves making an incision through the vagina and using dissolvable stitches to support the part that has prolapsed. This type of procedure has been done for decades and for many women is very successful. Unfortunately however, with this technique the failure rate and recurrence of the prolapse is quite high.
For this reason some gynaecologists now use a synthetic piece of material or “mesh” to support the vagina.
Although mesh has been very successful in the repair of abdominal hernias, the results for vaginal repair have been varied. The use of mesh in vaginal repair and prolapse surgery needs to be individualized. The decision to use mesh is made with great care and many factors need to be taken into consideration.
A urogynaecologist will need to assess these many factors and discuss what will be the most appropriate surgery for you.