JOURNAL ARTICLE

Mesh erosion in abdominal sacral colpopexy with and without concomitant hysterectomy

Jennifer M Wu, Ellen C Wells, Andrew F Hundley, Annamarie Connolly, Kathryn S Williams, Anthony G Visco
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2006, 194 (5): 1418-22
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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine risk factors for mesh erosion, including concomitant hysterectomy, in abdominal sacral colpopexies.

STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 313 women who underwent an abdominal sacral colpopexy. Data regarding patient demographics, operative techniques, length of follow-up, postoperative complications, and mesh erosion were collected.

RESULTS: Of 313 subjects, 101 (32.3%) had concomitant hysterectomies and 212 (67.7%) had had previous hysterectomies. The overall rate of mesh erosion was 5.4%. In bivariate analysis, concomitant hysterectomy was not associated with erosion (6.9% vs 4.7% previous hysterectomy, P = .42); however, estrogen therapy was an effect modifier. In women on estrogen, hysterectomy (OR 4.9, CI 1.2-19.7) and anterior imbrication (OR 5.6, CI 1.1-28.6) were associated with mesh erosion. No risk factors were identified in women not on estrogen.

CONCLUSION: In women on estrogen therapy, hysterectomy was associated with mesh erosion in abdominal sacral colpopexy.

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