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Vaginal Mesh Support

Vaginal Mesh Support

There are a number of surgical procedures used to correct vaginal wall prolapse. Many of these use a material called mesh. Mesh may be made of natural ('biological') or synthetic materials, or a combination of both, and may be absorbable or non-absorbable.

Treating a vaginal wall prolapse with mesh is usually done under a general anaesthetic. The mesh is implanted to strengthen the weakened area and provide support for the vagina, restoring the affected pelvic organs to their natural position.

Surgery

Most repair operations take about an hour and you may need to stay in hospital for three to five days, depending on the type of procedure that you have. With some newer techniques you may be able to go home on the same day as the procedure or on the following day.

During surgery, the mesh is inserted into the vagina either to support the sagging uterus or to prevent future prolapse of the vagina. The main mesh treatments are:

  • Sacrohysteropexy, where one end of the mesh is attached to the cervix (entrance to the uterus) and the other to a bone in the spine to hold the uterus in place.
  • Sacrocolpopexy, where one end of the mesh is attached to the top of the vagina to prevent the vagina collapsing. This is done at the same time as a hysterectomy.
  • Infracoccygeal sacropexy, where the mesh is inserted through the buttocks and into the back of the vagina