Thursday, May 23, 2013

Prolapse surgery unsuccessful for almost one third of women

A new study from the University of Utah School of Medicine (lead author Ingrid Nygaard, M.D), which followed the experiences of 215 women following reconstructive surgery for pelvic organ prolase, has concluded:

"Results after seven years of follow-up suggest that women considering abdominal sacrocolpopexy (surgery for pelvic organ prolapse [POP]) should be counseled that this procedure effectively provides relief from POP symptoms; however, the anatomic support deteriorates over time; and that adding an anti-incontinence procedure decreases, but does not eliminate the risk of stress urinary incontinence, and mesh erosion can be a problem..."

The May 14, 2013 press release also reminds readers that POP "occurs when the uterus or vaginal walls bulge into or beyond the vaginal introitus [vaginal opening]. It is a common occurrence and 7% to 19% of women receive surgical repair...

More than 225,000 surgeries are performed annually in the United States for POP."

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