Mesh erosion following abdominal sacral colpopexy in the absence and presence of the cervical stump

Shimon Ginath, Alan D. Garely, Alexander Condrea, Michael D. Vardy

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Introduction and hypothesis: We compared the role of abdominal sacral colpopexy (ASCP) with concomitant supracervical hysterectomy to ASCP alone in patients with prior hysterectomy in the prevention of mesh erosion. Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective chart review of 277 consecutive patients who underwent ASCP with one surgeon. Patients were separated into two groups based on the presence of a uterus at the time of surgery. Group A comprised195 patients with a uterus who underwent ASCP and concomitant supracervical hysterectomy; group B comprised 82 patients with prior total hysterectomy who underwent ASCP. The outcome measures included peri- and postoperative findings, complications, and surgical success. Data were analyzed by t test and chi-square test using SPSS software. Results: No significant difference was found between groups during surgery in terms of anesthesia type, total operative time, and estimated intraoperative blood loss. At mean postoperative follow-up of 7-8 months, there was no difference between groups in terms of de novo urinary symptoms, recurrent vaginal-wall prolapse, or dyspareunia and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) point C examination. Sling erosion was observed in four (4.2 %) patients in group A versus none in group B. Apical mesh erosion was diagnosed in one patient in group A (0.5 %) and two (2.4 %) patients in group B. These differences were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Concomitant supracervical hysterectomy with ASCP was associated with a low incidence of mesh erosion and had the same intraoperative course and postoperative outcome as ASCP with previous hysterectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Abdominal sacral colpopexy
  • Mesh erosion
  • Supracervical hysterectomy


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