Research

As part of an academic medical center, the urogynecology practice at Augusta University Women's Health leads research studies to help find better treatments for pelvic floor disorders. 

As a patient, if you qualify, you may be asked if you would like to participate. There are many reasons that you may want to take part in a research study: Study participants get the chance to help improve care for other women with similar disorders and, while they are in the study, benefit from additional follow-up that they might not otherwise receive. 

Participation in research studies is completely voluntary. 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Study (Vaginal Prolapse)

We are currently recruiting participants for a three-year observational study, “Xenform Postmarket Surveillance Study.” The study compares surgery for anterior/apical pelvic organ prolapse using a biologic mesh versus a person’s own tissue. Prolapse repair using either biologic mesh or a person’s own tissue are two very common, accepted treatments that are offered by leading centers.

The goal of this observational study is to learn if one treatment offers a greater benefit or fewer complications than the other. 

We are one of only 29 U.S. centers that are part of this study, which is sponsored by Boston Scientific.

Criteria

If you are a healthy female 18 years or older with a pelvic organ prolapse and are willing and able to complete the follow-up regimen, you may be a candidate. 

What is an observational study?

During an observational study, researchers follow patients for a certain length of time to measure the success and/or possible complications of a certain treatment. They then report on their results, which can help further define which treatments provide the best care to patients. 

I want to learn more.

Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to learn more about the Xenform Postmarket Surveillance Study. Or, if you are interested in participating, contact our research nurse.