Back in April I blogged about pelvic organ prolapse. It’s a relatively common condition caused by the weakening of pelvic muscles and ligaments that support organs such as the bladder and uterus. When this weakening occurs, these organs can slip out of place, often pushing into or through the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse can be uncomfortable and it can interfere with urination, bowel movements and sexual activity.
I’m writing about pelvic organ prolapse again because of a recent clinical study that was set up to see if synthetic mesh inserted through a vaginal incision is beneficial in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. This surgical procedure, called vaginal colpopexy, has been performed using sutures for many years with success rates in the neighborhood of 65-75%. These failure rates are much higher than the failure rate with da Vinci sacrocolpopexy, which I wrote about in my April blog.