International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 249–254

Clinical efficacy of a trocar-guided mesh kit for repairing lateral defects

  • Marion Ek
  • Daniel Altman
  • Jonas Gunnarsson
  • Christian Falconer
  • Gunilla Tegerstedt
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-012-1833-9

Cite this article as:
Ek, M., Altman, D., Gunnarsson, J. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2013) 24: 249. doi:10.1007/s00192-012-1833-9


Introduction and hypothesis

The optimal surgery for lateral defects is not well defined. Our objective was to assess the effects of anterior trocar-guided transvaginal mesh repair versus anterior colporrhaphy in women with lateral defects.


This subanalysis from a randomized controlled trial of mesh kit versus anterior colporrhaphy assessed 99 patient diagnosed at baseline with lateral defects in the anterior vaginal wall. Thirty-nine patients underwent anterior colporrhaphy and 60 anterior trocar-guided transvaginal mesh surgery.


One year after surgery, a persistent lateral defect was significantly more common after colporrhaphy compared with transvaginal mesh [11/32 (34.4 %) vs 1/42 (2.4 %), risk ratio (RR) 14.4, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 2.0–106.1; P < 0.001)] However, there were no significant differences between treatment groups with regard to subjective symptoms as reflected by the overall Urogenital Distress Inventory scores, with mean difference from baseline 37.3 ± 50.6 in the colporrhaphy group vs 39.0 ± 45.8 in the mesh group (p = 0.61).


Use of a transvaginal mesh kit increases the odds for anatomical correction of lateral defects compared with anterior colporrhaphy but does not necessarily improve lower urinary tract symptoms.


Anterior vaginal prolapsecolporrhaphyLateral defectMesh

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Ek
    • 1
    • 6
  • Daniel Altman
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jonas Gunnarsson
    • 4
  • Christian Falconer
    • 2
  • Gunilla Tegerstedt
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Department of Clinical Science and EducationSödersjukhuset, Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Clinical ScienceDanderyd Hospital, Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Medical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySahlgrenska University HospitalGöteborgSweden
  5. 5.Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CLINTECKarolinska University Hospital at Huddinge, Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  6. 6.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySödersjukhusetStockholmSweden