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What to ask your Urogynaecologist or Surgeon

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11/08/2013

  • Are you planning to use mesh in my surgery?
  • Why do you think I am a good candidate for surgical mesh?
  • How many LVMRs have you performed & were you tought?
  • Why is surgical mesh being chosen for my repair?
  • What are the alternatives, including non-surgical options?
  • What are the pros and cons of using surgical mesh in my particular case? 
  • Will my partner be able to feel the surgical mesh during sexual intercourse? What if the surgical mesh erodes through my vaginal wall?
  • If surgical mesh is to be used, how often have you implanted this particular product? What results have your other patients had with this product?
  • What can I expect to feel after surgery and for how long?
  • Which specific side effects should I report to you after the surgery?
  • If I develop a complication, will you treat it or will I be referred to a specialist experienced with surgical mesh complications?
  • What if the mesh surgery doesn’t correct my problem?
  • If I develop a complication, will you treat it or will I be referred to a specialist experienced with surgical mesh complications?
  • If I have a complication related to the surgical mesh, how likely is it that the surgical mesh could be removed and what could be the consequences?
  • If a surgical mesh is to be used, is there patient information that comes with the product, and can I have a copy?

If you have surgery with mesh to repair your POP, you should:

  • Continue with your follow-up care. There is no need to take additional action if you are satisfied with your surgery and are not having complications or symptoms.
  • Notify your GP if you have complications or symptoms, including persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain or pain with sex, that last after your follow-up appointment.
  • Let your GP know you have surgical mesh, especially if you plan to have another surgery or other medical procedures.
  • Ask your GP about any questions you may have.

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