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What is pelvic mesh?

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A pelvic mesh is a permanent medical device implanted inside a woman's body to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall or to support the urethra or neck of the bladder, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The mesh is designed to provide permanent reinforcement and strength.

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When implanting pelvic mesh, either a nonabsorbable mesh or absorbable mesh can be implanted. Nonabsorbable pelvic mesh is considered permanent and used for permanent reinforcement when urogynecologic repair is necessary, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, absorbable mesh is not considered a permanent repair and may deteriorate or lose strength over time with the expectation that as the absorbable mesh deteriorates, the new tissue growing gains the strength to naturally repair the weakness of the vaginal walls, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pelvic mesh is often made of synthetic materials, similar to non-knitted sheet forms or knitted mesh, and is primarily used to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse, are often treated with surgery by implanting transvaginal mesh or transabdominal mesh, whereas a mesh sling is often used to treat stress urinary incontinence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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