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The Use of Synthetic Mesh in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

RIDGEWAY, BERI MD; CHEN, CHI CHIUNG GRACE MD; PARAISO, MARIE FIDELA R. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318161e6c6
New Technology in Gynecology
Abstract

The use of synthetic materials in pelvic reconstructive surgery is increasing. Abdominal sacral colpopexy with permanent, type I mesh is a durable and safe operation to treat apical prolapse. The incorporation of synthetic materials during surgery to correct anterior and posterior prolapse has variable anatomic results, with several studies demonstrating moderate rates of mesh-related complications. Procedural kits for vaginal placement of synthetic materials are becoming popular, though long-term outcome and safety data are lacking.

Author Information

Department of Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Correspondence: Beri Ridgeway, MD, Department of Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Desk A81, Cleveland, OH 44195. E-mail: ridgewb@ccf.org

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.