Table 1: Classification of synthetic materials used in pelvic floor reconstruction.

TypeMesh pore sizeStructurePolymerTrade nameCompany

>75 m
MonofilamentPolypropyleneUretexC. R. Bard
Gynecare TVTEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
Bard MeshBard/Davol
SPARCAmerican Medical Systems
In-FastAmerican Medical Systems
MonarcAmerican Medical Systems
LynxBoston Scientific
AdvantageBoston Scientific
ObtryxBoston Scientific
OptileneB. Braun
ArisMentor Corp
PerigeeAmerican Medical Systems
InteproAmerican Medical Systems
Gynecare ProliftEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
ProleneEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
Prolene SoftEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
Gynemesh PSEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
AtriumAtrium Medical
MarlexC. R. Bard
MultifilamentCopolymer of glycolide (90%) and lactide (10%)VicrylEthicon, Johnson &Johnson
Polypropylene and polyglecaproneVyproEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
UltraProEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
Polyglycolic acidDexonDavis and Geck

IIMacroporous <10 mMultifilamentExpanded PTFFGORE-TEXW. L. Gore
Polyethylene terephthalateMersutureEthicon, Johnson & Johnson

III Macroporous with microporous components
<10 m
MultifilamentPTFETeflonC. R. Bard
Polyethylene terephthalateMersileneEthicon, Johnson & Johnson
PolypropyleneIVS TunnellerTyco Healthcare
Woven polyesterProtegenBoston Scientific

IV Nanoporous
<1 m
MultifilamentSilicon-coated polyesterIntermeshAmerican Medical Systems
Dura mater substitutePRECLUDE MVP Dura substituteW. L. Gore
Expanded PTFE, pericardial membrane substitutePRECLUDE Pericardial MembraneW. L. Gore