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Mesh erosion--what is it? Mesh erosion--what is it?

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Unread 10-11-2007, 10:09 PM
Mesh erosion--what is it?

Can someone tell me what exactly mesh erosion is? Obviously, the mesh breaks down in some fashion? Why did/do I think mesh is not metal?

I'm having A&P repairs with no mesh anticipated. Just trying to be prepaired in the event it is used.
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Unread 10-12-2007, 07:00 AM
Mesh erosion--what is it?


Mesh erosion is when the mesh support material used in a repair for anterior or posterior support or for a TVT or TOT, erodes through the wall of the vagina or some other organ in your body. When it actually breaks through the tissue, it can also be called extrusion. It is sometimes called graft erosion or graft extrusion.

Most often it is a polypropylene mesh but there is a case here where a Hyster Sister has had a dissolveable mesh erode, too though those are far more rare. Mesh erosion is cited as being rare and the statistics I've read state it as being anywhere from less than 1% to over 17% for the polymeshes that are out today.

Polymesh was originally developed for thicker areas of the body for hernia repair and not for the delicate vaginal tissues of the body. That being said, most people do not seem to have a problem with it. From what I've read, it does seem to make a difference how it is inserted as well as the manufacturer. At least one type of mesh that I know about is now off the market as the type and method of insertion made it highly prone to erosion.

Whether it is a problem with the material, the method of insertion, the surgeon's skill, the patient's condition or a combination of all factors is a matter of debate among many, of course. It is easy to identify when one particular type of mesh has many problems, however.

Hope that answers some of your questions. Your Dr. should never insert this without your full knowledge and approval ahead of time.

Unread 10-12-2007, 02:36 PM
Mesh erosion--what is it?

Thanks so much for the info!

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