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Commercial Products for Pelvic Repair

Washington, John L. MD, FACOG

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: September/October 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - pp 218-225
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e31822d407a
Original Articles

Objective: This article lists and describes the commercial products available for pelvic repair surgery as of summer 2011, tabulated by manufacturer as well as the type of application.

Methods: Print advertisements in gynecologic and urogynecologic journals were searched, and products were tabulated. Web sites for the products were then located and summarized. Manufacturers were contacted to provide information not available on the Internet, particularly the physical characteristics of the meshes. Because of the plethora of products available (approximately 100 at this time), it is frequently difficult for the surgeon to identify the alternative products for a particular application or to identify the characteristics of a product used for a patient operated on elsewhere.

Conclusions: This article presents and describes a list of mesh products available for treatment of pelvic prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, described and arranged both by manufacturer and by application.

The objective of this paper is to list, categorize and describe meshes, mesh kits and other products used in urinary incontinence and prolapse repair surgery.

Reprints: John L. Washington, MD, FACOG, 1236 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215. E-mail: Jlw50@bellsouth.net.

The author is in private practice in Burlington, NC.

The author declares there is nothing to disclose.

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