|Doctors at Bình Dân Hospital implanted a six-arm prolenen mesh into a woman who suffered from pelvic organ prolapse. She was one of the first two patients in Việt Nam to undergo this medical technique. – Photo courtesy of the hospital|
HCM CITY— The quality of life of a 71-year-old woman from Đồng Tháp Province has improved considerably after receiving an implanted six-arm prolenen mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse.
She was one of the first two patients to undergo this procedure in Việt Nam.
The woman suffered from bladder and uterine prolapse before being hospitalised at Bình Dân Hospital in HCM City.
On February 15, the hospital’s doctors performed the implantation with the assistance of a French urologist.
Compared to traditional techniques and a four-arm prolenen mesh, the six-arm mesh cures the problem more quickly and avoids the need to remove the uterus, according to Dr Phạm Hữu Đoàn of the hospital.
Muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs, including the uterus, bladder, or rectum, become weak or loose during a prolapse. The prolapse can cause disorders related to urination, digestion, and sexual intercourses.
“Unlike the past, Việt Nam’s women are delivering fewer children at an older age, but the weight of the foetus is higher” which can lead to prolapse, Dr Đoàn said.
More women in the country are taking better care of their health and are visiting the doctor when they have health problems, he said. This has also led to the higher number of women with diagnosed pelvic organ prolapse.
According to the HCM City Association of Pelvic Perineology, pelvic organ prolapse affects 40 per cent of women aged 50 and over.
Many women who never have sex or childbirth can still have this condition, Dr Đoàn said. “It could be due to other diseases or poor working posture.”
In the past, doctors used a part of another organ to make a mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse.
“Now, more and more meshes have higher quality and there are fewer infections. The six-arm mesh helps the weak muscles and tissues support the uterus, bladder or rectum,” Đoàn said. – VNS