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Procedure to Remove Mesh Implant

Wanda, 43, had a hysterectomy seven years ago to eliminate painful menstrual cycles. At the same time, she had transvaginal mesh inserted below her bladder to correct the incontinence she had been experiencing since she gave birth to two boys more than 20 years ago. Since the surgery, Wanda says she has been experiencing a stabbing pain in her bladder that makes it difficult for her to stand up and walk. Pelvic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Robert Moore says that the mesh sling is designed to give the bladder support in women who have had a large prolapse or recurrent prolapse. He explains that the mesh is attached to the pelvic sidewall muscles and supports the bladder. He says if the mesh heals too tight or contracts, it can pull on the muscles and cause pain or bladder obstruction.