Non-Moderated Poster Session

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Experiences Of Transurethral Endoscopic Excision Of Eroded Mesh Using Holmium Laser Considering The Depth Of Excision

Jeong Hwan Son (1), Seok Heun Jang (1), Jae Won Lee (1), Dae Sung Cho (1), Won Il (1)

(1) Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Seongnam, South Korea


Mesh erosion is a troublesome complication following anti-incontinence surgery. Traditional transabdominal or transvaginal resection is potentially morbid. Therefore surgeons have made efforts to develop minimal invasive endoscopic removal of eroded mesh. We evaluated our surgical outcomes of transurethral endoscopic excision using the holmium laser (TEEH) for eroded mesh considering what is the important factor to prevent the recurrence.


Total 9 TEEH were performed from Dec 2012 to Mar 2016. A retrospective review of 9 consecutive cases was done. Outcome assessment was focused on follow-up cystoscopic findings, LUTS resolution and recurrence of SUI after mesh removal.


For 6 patients, 9 TEEH were performed. In all cases, follow-up cystoscopy was done within postop 6 months and every 1year thereafter. Three among the 6 patients underwent the second procedure for recurrent mesh erosion. The recurrent cases were the initial three operations in this series which showed shallow excision of bladder layer in the surgical footage review(Fig. 1), (Table 1). Whereas, 6 subsequent operations in this series resulted no recurrence, which showed digging down to the deep detrusor or perivesical fat layer in the surgical footage review(Fig. 2), (Table 1). The mean time from anti-incontinence surgery to the diagnosis of mesh erosion was 28.5 mo(±20.1).Mean follow-up after mesh removal was 19.6 mo(±11.2). Most of the cases(8/9) reported improvement of LUTS.


TEEH is a promising surgical option for management of mesh erosion which presents excellent symptomatic success and no recurrent SUI following operation. But, cystoscopy follow-up is mandatory, considering the recurrent erosion. To prevent the recurrence, the important surgical technique is digging down to the deep bladder layer to remove completely the mesh embedded in the bladder wall.