Thursday, 19 June 2014

Do Genetics Contribute in Some Cases to the Failure of Prolapse Repair Surgery?

Charbel Salomon and Patrick Culligan, two of the lead researchers

One of the main issues that prolapse researchers are working on is trying to unravel the reasons behind the unacceptably high failure rate for prolapse repair surgery.

A team of researchers in the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey are currently in the last stages of a study trying to determine if there is a genetic factor in women for whom the repair fails without an obvious cause soon after surgery. Their research design (a summary of what they hope to achieve and how they are going to go about it) can be found here: Do Patients With Early Post Operative Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Have a Genetic Predisposition?

No results have been published from this study yet, so it is far too early to draw any conclusions. However, if these researchers do find a genetic link to unsuccessful surgeries, it could help practitioners more accurately determine who is an appropriate candidate for surgery.

I will keep you updated on how this research is progressing.

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