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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2009 December;61(4):363-71

language: English

The management of pelvic organ prolapse: a review

Porena M., Costantini E., Fioretti F., Del Zingaro M.

Department of Medical-Surgical Specialties and Public Health, Section of Urology and Andrology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy


The increase of the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence (UI), associated to changes in longevity, population demographics, and lifestyle expectation, is leading to a different set of urogynecological surgical challenges for 21st century women The objective of this review is to determine the characteristics and the effects of the different surgical technique in the management of POP. Here, we reviewed traditional techniques as well as we are going to take in consideration the introduction of several new procedures involving the use of different meshes or grafts, with or without introducer kits. Finally the laparoscopic approaches and the rapidly evolving robotic surgery will be discussed. Waiting for studies with high level of evidence, due to the plethora of techniques, mesh or graft material, absorbable (synthetic and biological) and non-absorbable, at present, there seems to be no final evidences about the best management.

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