Risk factors for mesh/suture erosion following sacral colpopexy

Geoffrey W. Cundiff, Edward Varner, Anthony G. Visco, Halina M. Zyczynski, Charles W. Nager, Peggy A. Norton, Joseph Schaffer, Morton B. Brown, Linda Brubaker

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify risks for mesh/suture erosions following abdominal sacral colpopexy (ASC). Study Design: We analyzed demographic, perioperative variables, and erosion status in 322 participants in the Colpopexy and Urinary Reduction Efforts study 2 years after sacral colpopexy. Results: The predominant graft used was synthetic mesh: woven polyester (Mersilene; Ethicon, Inc, Somerville, NJ) (42%) or polypropylene (48%). Twenty subjects (6%) experienced mesh/suture erosion. Unadjusted risk factors for mesh/suture erosion were expanded polytrafluroethylene (ePTFE) mesh (ePTFE 4/21 [19%] vs non-ePTFE 16/301 [5%]; odds ratio [OR], 4.2), concurrent hysterectomy (OR, 4.9), and current smoking (OR, 5.2). Of those with mesh erosion, most affected women (13/17) underwent at least 1 surgery for partial or total mesh removal. Two were completely resolved, 6 had persistent problems, and 5 were lost to follow-up. No resolution was documented in the 4 women who elected observation. Conclusion: Expanded PTFE mesh should not be used for sacral colpopexy. Concurrent hysterectomy and smoking are modifiable risks for mesh/suture erosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688.e1-688.e5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • CARE trial
  • expanded polytrafluroethylene (Gore-Tex, GORE Medical, Newark, DE)
  • hysterectomy
  • mesh erosion
  • sacral colpopexy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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