A Novel Approach to Managing Post Retropubic Vaginal Sling Pain.
OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel technique of using peripheral nerve neuromodulation (PNNM) for the treatment of refractory, mesh-induced chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain associated with mesh can be a debilitating complication and there is currently no consensus on treatment. PNNM has been shown to be successful in the treatment of post-traumatic neuralgias but has yet to be studied in mesh complications.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present a case of a 50-year-old woman who had unrelenting pelvic pain after retropubic sling placement. She failed multiple therapies including medications, mesh removal, pelvic floor physical therapy, pudendal neuromodulation, and pelvic floor onabotulinumtoxinA trigger point injections.
RESULTS: The only treatment that provided temporary relief of this patient's pain was transvaginal trigger point injections along with a right pudendal nerve block using 40 mg triamcinolone and 0.5% ropivacaine. To help define if treatment at the site of her pain would provide relief, a series of blocks were done by advancing a needle retropubically to her area of pain and injecting triamcinolone and 0.5% ropivacaine. This injection, which corresponded to the previous tract of her retropubic sling, provided temporary, but profound, relief. PNNM was then done with placement of the electrode in the retropubic space at the site of her pain. This provided instantaneous relief of almost all of her pain symptoms. Twelve months postoperatively, the patient continued to have >90% improvement in her pain.
CONCLUSION: Focused PNNM is a simple procedure and can provide symptomatic relief for refractory postvaginal mesh pain.
Martin S, Han E, Peters KM. A Novel Approach to Managing Post Retropubic Vaginal Sling Pain. Urology. 2020 Mar;137:196-199. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2019.11.008. Epub 2019 Nov 15. PMID: 31738943.