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removing mesh
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removing mesh

I had surgery 6 years ago for bladder repair.  Now I am having frequent bladder infections, vaginal pain (can feel mesh?) pain when urinating.  Will it be difficult to have mesh removed and who should do this surgery?
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Sorry to read of you problem.  Patients who experience complication sometime distant from their original surgery require complete evaluation to determine the cause of their complaint.  This may include physical examination, urodynamic testing, and cystoscopy.  If it is determined that a vaginal mesh is causing the problem, partial or complete removal may be indicated.  

Surgery to remove vaginal mesh represents a challenging surgery and should be performed by a surgeon experienced in these procedures.  Often there are doctors in major metropolitan areas that are known to treat these kinds of cases.  

Having performed many of  these procedures, I would suggest you speak with your original surgeon or seek a second opinion to determine if this procedure is within their scope of practice.  
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