More than 120,000 women have surgery for uterine and vaginal vault prolapse each year in the United States. Prolapse (or falling) of any pelvic floor organs (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) occurs when the connective tissues or muscles in the body cavity are weak and cannot hold the pelvis in its natural position. The weakening of connective tissues accelerates with age, after childbirth, with weight gain and strenuous physical labor. Women with pelvic organ prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or having a bowel movement.
Sacrocolpopexy is a urogynecologic procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse where mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse to provide long-term support of the vagina. If your doctor recommends sacrocolpopexy, you may be a candidate for a surgical procedure called da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a minimally invasive surgery through small incisions.
For most women, da Vinci sacrocolpopexy offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open approach that involves larger incisions to the lower abdomen. These benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusions
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Quicker return to normal activities
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of robotic surgical systems when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with a robotic surgical system may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
For more information about robotic surgery at PMC or for referral to one of our surgeons who performs surgeries using robotic surgical systems, call 1.888.742.7496.