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Biomesh vs. Synthetic Mesh

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Biomesh and synthetic meshShould I have synthetic mesh or biomesh material used in my rectocele repair?


Rectocele repair is performed when there is a weak spot in the wall between the rectum and the vagina, and the rectum is able to protrude into the vaginal canal. If the fascia, or tissue between the organs, is too weak to repair with stitches alone, your surgeon will reinforce the weak spot with mesh. In the past, only synthetic mesh was available, but many patients have reported complications with the synthetic mesh after their surgeries. Some surgeons have therefore begun to use biomesh instead.

Biomesh is made from biological materials, such as donated human tissue or porcine (pig) tissue, which are more flexible than synthetic mesh and far less likely to result in erosions, detachments, or other complications. Though there is a chance that your body might reject the biomesh tissue, the risk is relatively small. The improved outcomes of biomesh surgeries over synthetic mesh surgeries seem to offset the small risk of rejection for most surgeons and patients.

HysterSisters recommend researching the different types of tissues that can be used in rectocele and other similar repairs so that you can ask your doctor informed questions before agreeing to the type of mesh that will be used in your surgery.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-03-2011 - 02:14 AM


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