The Alberlito Hospital launched a breakthrough new technology that will dramatically reduce pain in the pelvis on Wednesday, 27 March.
Dr Emmanuel Delorme, urologist from the St. Marie Private Hospital in Châlon-sur-Saône in France, introduced his innovative new lightweight mesh that is designed to treat a pelvic organ prolapse. In the case of a pelvic organ prolapse, the organs inside the pelvis, such as the uterus, urethra or bladder, swell toward or through the opening of the vagina, which causes the organs to fall out of their positions and stop functioning properly.
“The symptoms include an uncomfortable feeling of fullness in the bladder, as if something is pushing on the bladder, or dropping out of the vagina,” explained Dr Riaan Venter, resident urologist at Alberlito. Although the exact cause is unknown, he added that older women, especially those who have been pregnant multiple times in their lifetime and have a family history of pelvic organ prolapse, have a higher risk of experiencing this prolapse.
In order to find a lasting solution for a pelvic organ prolapse with minimal side effects, Dr Delorme teamed up with Jean-Marc Beraud from Analytic BioSurgical Solutions (ABISS) to develop an advanced new technology to keep the organs inside the pelvis in place.
“I found that four straps in the mesh are not enough to support the bladder, so I designed a mesh with six straps,” said Dr Delorme. “This mesh sufficiently holds the organs in place, and it is also strong and durable.”
The mesh, made of 100% knitted polypropylene, weighs only 22 grams and, as Dr Delorme found, significantly increases “vaginal comfort” after surgery. “In my follow up study, I also found that the mesh did not shrink and the patients experienced no pain during sexual intercourse,” Dr Delorme said.
The majority of Dr Delorme’s patients only felt some buttock pain for about a week after surgery.
Dr Venter believes that this new technology will not only increase the patients’ quality of life, but it is also a very safe procedure. “Urologists have been using this technique in France, across Europe and the United States for a couple of years now, and it will noticeably decrease the risk of a prolapse in our patients as well,” he said.
– Lizanne Swart