Tensile strength of cadaveric fascia lata compared to small intestinal submucosa using suture pull through analysis
Despite the current standard use of 1-zero polypropylene suture for pubovaginal sling fixation, our data suggest that 1-zero polyglactin suture is the strongest, and its use with pubovaginal sling fixation warrants further investigation. Using the cross fold technique and 1-zero polypropylene suture, tensile strength was greatest with cadaveric fascia compared to small intestinal submucosa. Although small intestinal submucosa was not as strong as cadaveric fascia, our persuasive preliminary data suggest that further investigation is warranted in the use of small intestinal submucosa and other suture fixation techniques, and its observed stretch capacity. Hence, with further studies small intestinal submucosa may remain a viable option for pubovaginal sling material.