Will hysterectomy at the time of sacrocolpopexy increase the rate of polypropylene mesh erosion?

Serge P Marinkovic
International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 2008, 19 (2): 199-203
Will total abdominal hysterectomy with concomitant sacrocolpopexy lead to polypropylene (Prolene, Ethicon, Somerset, NJ) mesh erosions? Sixty-seven patients demonstrating a stage 2 or more International Continence Society cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse underwent combined sacrocolpopexy and polypropylene mesh fixation and total abdominal hysterectomy. Surgical failure was noted as prolapse of any of the three pelvic compartments with a stage 2 or more recurrence. Sixty-four patients were available for examination, and none demonstrated mesh erosion or recurrent vault prolapse with a median follow-up of 27 months. Four patients experienced a recurrent stage 2 rectocele without any cystoceles or vault prolapse. Performing abdominal hysterectomy with concomitant sacrocolpopexy with polypropylene extensions does not increase the occurrence of synthetic material erosions in the vaginal vault or the anterior or posterior vaginal walls.

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