Advanced Pelvic Health Institute for Women

Mesh / Slings Complications

What are the potential complications of surgery with mesh?


Mesh erosion can happen to the adjacent organs, that is when the mesh is felt in the vagina or can be seen in the rectum or bladder. Sometimes patients feel pain during intercourse or have pelvic pain which is mostly due to scar tissue and stricture from the mesh. Other serious complications such as infection and rejection are rarely seen. Overall, reported complications from mesh can be as low as 1% in case series by experts. You can discuss the personal history of complications with your physician. National data registry is an effort by many organizations to allow patients see the complications for each doctor as this rate can be so different based on expertise, training, and experience of each doctor.