Vaginal Mesh Specialist

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG

Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD is one of the leading experts in the surgical and non-surgical management of vaginal mesh complications. Dr. Stone can diagnosis and provides management options for mesh complications to patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas.

Mesh Complications and Removal Q&A

  • What is Pelvic mesh?

    Surgical mesh is a fabric netting that is made from animal tissue or synthetic material. Typically when Dr. Stone discusses mesh he is referring to the permanent synthetic material that is used in gynecologic surgery.

  • How is mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders?

    There are a several procedures and ways mesh is used in pelvic surgery. All of these ways can result in complications, with some types of surgeries having higher complication rates than others.

    Transvaginal placed mesh for pelvic organ prolapse – These products are no longer on the market (since 2019) but were used frequently in the past. The way this mesh was placed resulted in a higher complication rate.

    Laparoscopic placed mesh for pelvic organ prolapse (Sacrocolpopexy) -  This mesh is placed laparoscopically to attach the vagina to a ligament on the sacrum. It is one of the most effective ways used to treat prolapse and the complication rate is low.

    Mid-urethral Slings – This thin strip of mesh is placed under the urethra to stop urinary leakage with coughing, laughing or sneezing. This mesh is sometimes called tape. It is one of the most effective surgeries for Stress Urinary Incontinence and complications are rare.

  • What are the risks of mesh surgery?

    It depends somewhat on the type of mesh and where it was placed but the common complications include:

    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Vaginal discharge
    • Pain with intercourse for you or your partner
    • Blood in the urine
    • Urinary tract infections

  • What are the complications and risks associated with mesh removal surgery?

    Mesh removal surgery is complex and requires a skilled surgeon such as a Urogynecologist like Dr. Stone to remove it. Risks include the following:

  • Should I get my mesh removed?

    Dr. Stone will evaluate you and discuss with you the risks and benefits of mesh removal. If you are not having any problems associated with the mesh, then he will not recommend removal, as there is no danger with the mesh if it is not causing any problems.

    If your mesh is causing problems, then Dr. Stone will discuss mesh removal surgery with you.

  • How do I know if I had mesh placed during my surgery for prolapse or urinary incontinence?

    Dr. Stone and his office will request records from you other doctor or hospital, with your permission. Based on these records, he can find out why, where, and how the mesh was used.

  • What was the recent FDA action regarding mesh?

    2011- The FDA issued a notification that stated that complications associated with transvaginal mesh used to repair prolapse were not rare.

     2019 – The FDA ordered that manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products to stop distributing their products. This did not include mid-urethral slings or mesh used for Sacrocolpopexy.

  • Does vaginal mesh cause cancer?

    No. There is no evidence to support that vaginal mesh causes cancer.

  • Are there any alternatives to mesh removal surgery?

    Yes, once Dr. Stone evaluates you he will discuss with you options on addressing your symptoms. If the symptom is pain related, then pelvic floor physical therapy and muscle relaxers can be considered. If the symptom is bleeding, or discharge due to mesh exposure, then Dr. Stone may consider a trial of estrogen therapy to assist in tissue healing. 

Testimonials

Debra
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"He actually took the time and listened to me. After the exam he told me that he wanted to try another pessary before committing to surgery. He fit one in and it worked! I haven't felt this good in years. I'm so so grateful to him!"
Madeline
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"He is one of the most caring docs I've ever been to. I've been struggling with this problem for years and have been to 3 docs before I saw him."
Sandy
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"Dr. Stone is a really good doctor. After I had the urethra sling surgery Dr Stone called me at home to see how I was doing. The office staff is good. Dr Stone's nurse Iris is really good she returns calls. I will refer my family and friends to this office."
Debra
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"Dr. Stone has been wonderful. I was very hesitant at first to see a man but he put me completely at ease. I was able to speak to him about my problem with leakage. He discussed several options and gave me choices which I loved. Eventually I decided on surgery. The surgery went well and I finally have my life back again."
Tina
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"I highly recommend him. I will be referring all my loved ones if ever they develop problems."
Betsy
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"He put us at ease about the surgery by really explaining the procedure in detail to me, my husband and my daughter. He made me feel like I was his only patient."
Joyce
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"Awesome!! Would give him 10 stars!!!!! Dr. Stone took the time to fully explain medical procedures. He patiently answered all my questions."
Alice
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"His bed-side manner put me at ease discussing a very embarrassing topic. I'd recommend him to anyone."
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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone today

One of our staff members will contact you directly. If you have any concerns requiring immediate attention, please don’t hesitate to call us at 602-788-1521.

Dr. Stone is also offering Telemedicine visits. Call to schedule today.

Office location

Valley Urogynecology Associates

1616 East Maryland Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM

Main: (602) 788-1521

Fax: (602) 688-5420

Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.