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Use of Vaginal Mesh in Urology

Call for Papers

In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of mesh for vaginal procedures. Since this time, there has been a tremendous amount of devices developed that have come and gone. Vaginal mesh has been used for vaginal vault prolapse as well as stress urinary incontinence. There are many experts who find these mesh devices to be essential for treating problems of vaginal vault prolapse and urinary incontinence. In July of 2011, the FDA issued a warning on the use of mesh vaginally and stated that there have been some unique complications as a result of mesh. They noticed complications of mesh erosions, dyspareunia, organ injury, and neuromuscular problems. As a result, the FDA desires that whoever is to use these devices should have special training, know what complications to look for, and most of all make patients aware of these issues. As a result of the FDA’s actions, the use of mesh vaginally has been somewhat restricted. It is the goal of this issue to see where the urology and urogynecology community is using mesh products in the post–FDA landscape.

Therefore, we invite authors to contribute with original research and review articles to this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of mesh for retropubic slings
  • Use of mesh for transobturator slings
  • Use of minislings
  • Prolapse surgery using mesh
  • Prolapse surgery using biologic materials
  • Mesh use in the setting of abdominal sacral colpopexy
  • Use of native tissues for prolapse repairs
  • Use of injectables for SUI

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/urology/umesh/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 February 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 2 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 27 June 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Scott Serels, Bladder Control Center of Norwalk, 12 Elmcrest Terrace, Norwalk, CT 06850, USA

Guest Editors

  • Peter Rosenblatt, Mount Auburn Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
  • Peter M. Lotze, Women’s Pelvic Health and Continence Center, Houston, TX, USA
  • Jon Vapnek, Department of Urology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, United States