A 2-Year Evaluation of Quality of Life Outcomes of Patients With Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treated With an Elevate Prolapse Repair System

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Abstract

Objectives

To evaluate 2-year quality of life of women with pelvic organ prolapse submitted to prosthetic correction with Elevate.

Methods

We enrolled 116 consecutive patients with a stage ≥ to 2 prolapse. The Prolapse Quality of Life questionnaire was administered in the preoperative time and after 2 years of follow-up. The statistical results were obtained by using the SPSS Advanced Statistical™ 11.0 Software.

Results

Patient's quality of life improved substantially following prosthetic vaginal surgery. In particular, a clear improvement in the “general state of patients health” (P < 0.05), and a reduction in the daily physical, social, and psychological quality of life (P < 0.05) connected to the prolapse of pelvic organ were observed. Furthermore, a significant reduction in the percentage of patients with urinal disturbances (86.2% preoperative vs 20.7% postoperative; P < 0.05), and an improvement in patient's relations with their partners with 12 patients resuming sexual activity were found.

Conclusions

This study demonstrates that prosthetic vaginal correction represents a long-term efficient clinical instrument for women with symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse. It also achieves a resolution for urinary symptomatology and embarrassment, social limitation, physical and psychological difficulties of women, which, in great part, resulted in many overcoming surgical therapy, worried about fixed outcomes.

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