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Anterior colporrhaphy reinforced with Marlex mesh for the treatment of cystoceles.

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  • 1Urogynecology and Urodynamic Investigative Unit, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


This study assesses the use of Marlex mesh in conjunction with anterior colporrhaphy for the correction of cystocele with or without urinary stress incontinence. A retrospective review was carried out of 12 years' experience with 142 patients undergoing a modified anterior colporrhaphy reinforced with Marlex mesh. All patients had preoperative urodynamics. Pre- and postoperative symptoms were compared and patients were examined for recurrent prolapse and mesh complications. Mean follow-up time was 3.2 years. No patients experienced recurrent anterior vaginal wall prolapse. Three patients developed mesh erosions into the vagina. There was a 74% success rate in the treatment of urinary stress incontinence. Marlex mesh used as a reinforcement for anterior colporrhaphy is effective in preventing recurrent anterior wall descent, with minimal complications.

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