Methodology for biomechanical testing of fresh anterior wall vaginal samples from postmenopausal women undergoing cystocele repair

Philippe E. Zimmern, Robert C. Eberhart, Aradhana Bhatt

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Abstract

To explore the methodological challenges of biomechanical testing of freshly harvested human anterior vaginal wall (HAVW) samples. Method: Longitudinal full-thickness samples of HAVW were excised during cystocele repair in postmenopausal women and age-matched controls. Two methods of tissue storage during transport were compared. All samples were prepared for uniaxial testing within 2 hr of harvest and loaded at a rate of 0.5 mm/sec, until irreversible deformation was observed. Young's modulus and other parameters were extracted from the tensile stress - strain curves. Results: Samples were obtained over 2 years from 42 patients. Significant differences in biomechanical parameters were noted based on the degree of hydration of the tissue, suggesting that the wetter samples were mechanically weaker. Conclusions: This study reports on a new method for testing the biomechanical properties of freshly harvested HAVW tissues and the impact of tissue hydration during transport between the operating room and the testing lab.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalNeurourology and urodynamics
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 13 2009

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Cystocele
  • Postmenopausal women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Urology

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