July 8, 2016
Dr. Kevin Ong will be receiving the "Best Basic Science" award for his study, "The Myth: In Vivo Degradation of Polypropylene Meshes." The award will be given at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association. The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in Cape Town, South Africa on August 2 through August 6. The International Urogynecological Association is a non-for-profit international professional medical organization with a defined mission to "advance urogynecological knowledge around the world." The meeting will host urogynecologists, gynecologists, urologists, physiotherapists, and nurses from all over the world.
Use of polypropylene (PP) hernia and urogynecological meshes began in the 1960s. Some have recently observed cracked surfaces on explanted meshes and proposed those as degraded PP, without considering the formalin fixation process and inadequate mesh cleaning. Dr. Ong and colleague Dr. Joshua White, along with Dr. Shelby Thames from the University of Southern Mississippi, conducted a study to analyze morphology and material chemistry of explanted Prolene meshes via a novel, effective, cleaning process.