Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used when repairing weakened structures with the aim of providing additional support. It can be absorbable or non-absorbable. Non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely so should be considered a permanent implant.
Each mesh procedure carries its own risks and benefits. As part of the informed consent process, patients should be fully informed of what is involved in the procedure, the possible benefits and risks of complications, as well as any alternative treatment options (both surgical and non-surgical).
This document is intended to support the informed consent process for anyone considering a procedure involving surgical mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence. Please take time to read it carefully and discuss any concerns or questions that you have with your surgeon.