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A Solution: GYNECARE PROLIFT® Pelvic Floor Repair System

GYNECARE PROLIFT® is a specially designed, supportive soft mesh that is placed inside the pelvis to restore organ support for patients with pelvic organ prolapse.

How GYNECARE PROLIFT® Works

Using very small incisions, the surgeon is able to insert the mesh through the vagina. The surgeon corrects the position of any organs that have “dropped out” of their normal position, or prolapsed. The GYNECARE PROLIFT® mesh acts as a supportive sling, restoring support and keeping prolapsed organs in their correct positions.

The soft mesh is initially held in place in the body by the friction created by long extension strap-like arms of mesh material passed through pelvic supports. The body’s natural tissues then quickly grow into the pores of the mesh, creating the final support. The strength of this tissue is greatly enhanced by the presence of the soft mesh.

The surgery generally takes only 1 to 2 hours and can be performed under regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia or general anesthesia. It often requires a hospital stay of less than 48 hours.

An effective treatment for pelvic organ prolapse

Current peer-reviewed data shows that the GYNECARE PROLIFT® kit is an effective pelvic floor repair device with high patient satisfaction.1

There are some risks associated with pelvic organ prolapse repair with surgical mesh. They include: Vaginal mesh exposure, pelvic pain or pain with intercourse, infection, difficulty urinating, and injury to blood vessels, nerves, bladder, urethra or bowel. The risk of mesh exposure is higher for women who smoke. Mesh exposure can cause pain during intercourse and may require additional treatment, including surgery.

Synthetic mesh is a permanent medical device implant. Therefore, you should discuss the surgery with your doctor and understand the benefits and risks of mesh implant surgery before deciding how to treat your condition.

Who’s a candidate for GYNECARE PROLIFT®?

You may be a candidate for GYNECARE PROLIFT® even if you have undergone surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence in the past. A doctor can help you assess whether GYNECARE PROLIFT® may be right for you. Find a doctor familiar with GYNECARE® products who can provide treatment.

You may not be a candidate for GYNECARE PROLIFT® if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, or if you are currently taking an anticoagulation therapy. Again, a doctor can help you make the best treatment choice for you.

References:
1. Altman D, Väyrynen T, Engh ME, et al. Anterior colporrhaphy versus transvaginal mesh for pelvic-organ prolapse. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(19):1826-1836.

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