Objective: To report our initial experience with allogenic (human cadaver donor) fascia lata for the suburethral sling procedure. Methods: Allogenic fascia lata for the suburethral sling procedure has been used in our practice since July 1994. Fascial grafts were obtained from licensed tissue banks. Women who underwent this procedure were followed prospectively to determine the incidence of perioperative complications, the incidence of local wound complications at the sling insertion site, and the subjective and objective cure rates. Results: Sixteen women underwent the suburethral sling procedure with allogenic fascia. Fourteen had genuine stress urinary incontinence and two required replacement of a previously placed synthetic graft because of chronic infection. Follow-up ranged from 6 months to 1 year. No patient developed sinus tract formation or persistent granulation tissue. Two of 16 patients (12%) developed abdominal wound infections, which resolved with local care. The mean duration of postoperative bladder drainage was 29 days. One patient continued to require intermittent catheterization at 187 days. Among the 14 women with preoperative genuine stress incontinence, the subjective cure rate was 86% and the objective cure rate was 79%. The two patients who required replacement of a chronically infected synthetic graft remained subjectively continent. Conclusions: These preliminary data suggest that allogenic fascia lata is an acceptable material for the suburethral sling procedure. This material may be considered as an alternative to autologous fascia, which must be harvested from the patient intraoperatively, and to synthetic materials, which have been associated with local complications in up to 40% of cases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology