This study is to determine whether the use of a composite biologic/synthetic graft during
abdominal sacrocolpopexy leads to a lower rate of erosion while maintaining durability.
This study will examine the erosion rate of a composite graft that is being used during
abdominal sacrocolpopexy. The composite graft is composed of a dual layer of biological and
syntheric material. Biological grafts have the advantage of significantly reducing erosion
rates, but the longevity of biologic graft is uncertain. On the other hand, synthetic grafts
have the advantage in that they are durable, but have higher erosion rates through the
vagina and require re-operation in a small percentage of patients. This study will look at
whether or not the use of a composite greaft carries the advantages of both types of
materials and leads to decreased rates of erosion while maintaining longevity. The cost
effectiveness of this new type of graft will also be reviewed since the disavantage of
utilizing both the synthetic and biologic graft is that it will increase the cost.
- Patients who underwent abdominal sacrocolpopexy with Drs. Noblett and Lane from 2001