Posterior Transvaginal Mesh without Concurrent Surgery: How Does It have an Effect on the Untreated Vaginal Compartment

To report objective and subjective outcomes and adverse events after placement of Elevate® Posterior transvaginal mesh without concurrent surgery. Changes in non-affected anterior compartment were under special interest.

A prospective study of Elevate® Posterior procedure in patients with symptomatic posterior compartment prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) quantification (POP-Q) measurements and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Inventory-20 (PFDI-20) and POP/urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12) questionnaires were used. Primary outcome was the incidence of de novo anterior prolapse. Secondary outcomes were complication rate and posterior compartment objective and subjective cure.

A total of 111 women underwent an Elevate® Posterior mesh procedure and 109 attended a control visit at 3 months. De novo anterior prolapse emerged in 3.2-15% of the women, depending on the definition. Posterior POP-Q stage ≤I was obtained in 92 (84%) women and leading edge at or above the hymen in 107 (98%) women. Bulge symptoms disappeared in 86% of the cases. One (0.9%) mesh exposure was detected. Reoperation rate was 2.8, and 3.7% patients experienced postoperative pain. PFDI-20 and PISQ-12 scores improved significantly.

A trend of de novo prolapse formation in the non-affected vaginal compartment is observed. The Elevate® Posterior method is effective in terms of both objective and subjective outcomes. According to our results, the mesh exposure rate is low.

Gynecologic and obstetric investigation. 2016 May 13 [Epub ahead of print]

Virva Nyyssönen, Markku Santala, Seija Ala-Nissilä, Risto Bloigu, Mervi Haarala

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.


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