Management of complications arising from the use of mesh for stress urinary incontinence—International Urogynecology Association Research and Development Committee opinion

  • Jonathan DuckettEmail author
  • Barbara Bodner-Adler
  • Suneetha Rachaneni
  • Pallavi Latthe
Review Article


Introduction and hypothesis

Management of pain or mesh exposure complications after stress incontinence surgery has become a new issue over the last 20 years with the introduction of mesh techniques to treat stress incontinence. There is much debate regarding the incidence of complications and how best to treat them.


A working subcommittee from the International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) Research and Development (R&D) Committee was formed. An initial document was drafted based on a literature review. The review focused on complications of vaginal mesh inserted for stress incontinence. After evaluation by the entire IUGA R&D Committee revisions were made. The final document represents the IUGA R&D Committee Opinion.


The R&D Committee Opinion reviews the literature on the management of complications arising from the use of mesh for stress urinary incontinence. The review concentrated on the assessment and treatment of pain and exposure.


Complications after surgery for stress incontinence using mesh may not be common occurrences for individual surgeons. Complications may be difficult to manage and outcomes are variable. Specialist centres and a multidisciplinary approach may optimise treatment and reporting of outcomes.


Mesh Mideurethral sling Complication Stress incontinence 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyMedway Maritime HospitalKentUK
  2. 2.Department of General Gynecology and Gynecologic OncologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of UrogynaecologyUniversity Hospitals Plymouth NHS TrustPlymouthUK
  4. 4.Department of UrogynaecologyBirmingham Women’s NHS Foundation TrustEdgbastonUK

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