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Question (07/06/2012):

Title: Would using the pig skin alleviate the problems with painful intercourse and erosion of tissues?

I was diagnosed with a combination of stress/urgency incontinence.

I have a mild/moderate uterine, bladder prolapsed.

I have long standing lichen sclerosis which has worsened as leakage started.

I went to an urogynecologist who is recommending pig tissue support because it is less likely to cause irritation.

This would be followed by pt to address urgency.

I am very leary about the surgery after reading about all of the horrific results such as bleeding and erosion of tissue.

I am already using vagifem to try to improve the quality of my tissue (thin from lichen sclerosis).

Would using the pig skin alleviate the problems with painful intercourse and erosion of tissues?

Amy

Answer:

Dear Amy,

Slings have been made from human material (usually fascia taken from the cadavers of organ donors) and from animals (pigskin is the most popular although there are others).

These grafts are specially treated to reduce the risk of "rejection" or early breakdown of the material, but it appears that the success rate is somewhat lower than with autologous material.

The primary question relates to the long term safety of permanent material around the urinary tract and the risk of erosion into the bladder or urethra years down the road.

The decision to have surgery to treat stress incontinence is often a difficult one.

When there are other symptomatic problems such as a prolapse or a significant gynecological disorder, then the choice of surgery becomes easier since these can be corrected at the same time.

You may find more information related to your question at:

Success rate of the sling


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