Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to surgically correct uterine or vaginal prolapse
. This procedure is performed to provide long-term support of the vagina.
Sacrocolpopexy has traditionally been performed as an open surgery. A seven-to-twelve inch incision is made in the lower abdomen in order to manually access affected organs. However, using robotic technology can replace the open approach. Our physicians may recommend this procedure in place of traditional open surgery if you are an appropriate candidate.
How is a robotic sacrocolpopexy performed?
- This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
- Using five small incisions, the robotic instruments are placed into the abdomen.
- The top of the internal part of the vagina is identified as is the front part of the tail-bone (sacrum).
- A piece of permanent mesh is placed and secured to both the apex of the vagina and the bone to provide permanent suspension.
What are the benefits of robotic sacrocolpopexy?
For most women, sacrocolpopexy offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open approach:
- An effective repair
- Reduced pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusions
- Reduced risk of infection
- Reduced scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Faster return to normal activities
How long will it take to recover?
Most women are able to leave the hospital 1-2 days after surgery and return to normal activities in 4-6 weeks.