Avaulta ® Anterior BioSynthetic Support System
A woman’s body undergoes significant stresses throughout her lifetime – the strain of pregnancy, childbirth and even the stress of gynecologic surgery, such as hysterectomy. As a result, the natural support structure of the pelvis can create pelvic organ prolapse as the connective tissue around the vagina and surrounding structures is weakened. This is a very common problem that affects almost half of women age 50 and over. Symptoms can range from mild ones that can be addressed with physical therapy to debilitating ones that affect a woman’s quality of life. They include:
- A feeling of vaginal fullness, heaviness or pain
- Pain or discomfort during intercourse
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Involuntary urination/incontinence
- Frequent urinary or bladder infections
- Difficulty with bowel movements
Pelvic organ prolapse can be connected to diabetes, obesity, repeated heavy lifting, chronic coughing and chronic constipation. It can also be a result of aging or genetic factors.
Over the years gynecologists have had numerous options to treat these symptoms, but none seemed to offer outstanding long-term success treating the most serious symptoms. Now that has changed. My colleague, Dr. Gregory Blanton, and I have trained to perform the latest technological advance in pelvic organ prolapse repair, and it has provided our patients with results that are significantly better. In fact, we are so impressed with the procedure that we are working with the medical company that developed this procedure to train other surgeons.
Women who have had treatment for pelvic organ prolapse may be skeptical about trying another new procedure to treat this problem. After all, many previous procedures promised great results but did not always deliver in the long-term. The older options offered a success rate of only 20% over a 5-year period. This new Avaulta system procedure has a 90% success rate over a 10-year period. Now that’s a big difference!
A patient came to me with recurrent bladder prolapse aftrer a tradional anterior repair. Following the surgery, she commented that her lifestyle was back to normal. Now, she feels better than she has in years.
So what does the Avaulta procedure do? It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that places a special synthetic mesh material in the pelvis to restore strength and function to weakened tissues. When compared to older surgical procedures, it is less invasive, less painful and has a quicker recovery than traditional surgeries.
For more information on the Avaulta procedure, please contact our office.