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A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of the VFIX Device as Treatment for Apical Prolapse

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ethicon, Inc. Identifier:
First received: April 26, 2010
Last updated: October 10, 2014
Last verified: December 2011
The primary objective of this pilot study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the VFIX device in maintaining vaginal apical support for at least 6 months in women with symptomatic apical prolapse (upper vaginal or uterine prolapse).

Condition Intervention
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Device: VFIX Device

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective, Multi-Centre Pilot Study to Evaluate the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of the VFIX Device as Treatment for Apical Prolapse

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Further study details as provided by Ethicon, Inc.:

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: VFIX Device: VFIX Device
Sterile, single-use instrument capable of delivering an absorbable PDS suture anchor

Detailed Description:
Assuming success of the VFIX anatomical observational study (protocol 300-08-009), in this pilot study approximately 20 subjects (excluding the Device Run-In (DRI) subjects) will undergo the VFIX procedure to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the VFIX device in maintaining apical support for at least 6 months, in women with symptomatic apical prolapse.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age greater than or equal to 18 years
  • Subjects of child bearing potential have a negative blood or urine pregnancy test prior to the procedure and subject has completed childbearing
  • Subject with apical prolapse at stage II or more and requiring treatment (C should be at least -1 cm)
  • On reduction of the apical prolapse, leading edge of prolapse should be at or above the hymen
  • If applicable, subject has small/normal size uterus and there is no elongation of the cervix as determined by clinical assessment
  • The vaginal apex can reach the Sacrospinous Ligament (SSL) on exam
  • Subjects are allowed concurrent incontinence procedure as required
  • Concurrent perineal repairs and excision of excess vaginal tissue repairs as required
  • Agrees to participate in the study, including completion of all study-related procedures, evaluations and questionnaires, and documents this agreement by signing the Ethics Committee approved informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Additional surgical intervention for POP repairs concurrent to the VFIX procedure (including, but not limited to sacrocolpopexy, paravaginal repair, colporrhaphy, mesh repair, etc)
  • Experimental drug or experimental medical device within 3 months prior to the planned procedure
  • Active genital, urinary or systemic infection at the time of the surgical procedure. Surgery may be delayed in such subjects until the infection is cleared.
  • Previous hysterectomy within 6 months of scheduled surgery.
  • Coagulation disorder or on therapeutic anticoagulant therapy (except aspirin) at the time of surgery
  • Nursing or pregnant
  • Presence of cancers of the vagina, cervix, or uterus
  • In the investigator's opinion, any medical condition or psychiatric illness that could potentially be life threatening or affect their ability to complete the study visits according to this protocol
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01111409

QEII Hospital
Brisbane, Australia, QLD 4108
Frances Perry House
Parkville, Australia, VIC 3052
Urogynaecology Unit, Royal Women's Hospital
Parkville, Australia, VIC 3052
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ethicon, Inc.
Study Director: David Robinson, MD Ethicon, Inc.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ethicon, Inc. Identifier: NCT01111409     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 300-08-013
Study First Received: April 26, 2010
Last Updated: October 10, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical processed this record on May 25, 2017