For some women, surgery may be the best treatment option to repair pelvic organ prolapse conditions such as uterine or vaginal vault prolapse, where weakened muscles and ligaments cause pelvic organs to drop down out of their normal position. This surgical repair is known as sacrocolpopexy. During the procedure, the vagina is lifted back up into the correct position and surgical mesh is used to hold it in place.
Historically, sacrocolpopexy was performed as open surgery, using a long incision across the abdomen to access the pelvic organs. Recovery after open surgery can be lengthy and painful. Prolapse surgery can also be performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasively approach using small incisions. Traditional laparoscopy is technically challenging because of the long-handled, rigid instruments used and the intricate movements required.
Sacrocolpopexy surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System offers another minimally invasive option that overcomes the limitations of these traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries.
da Vinci® Surgery for Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse
Using state-of-the-art robotic technology, da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy requires only a few small incisions, while enabling your surgeon to operate with a new level of visibility, precision, dexterity and control. A 3-D, high-definition vision system provides enhanced views of the pelvic anatomy, making it easier to perform complex procedures. Miniature surgical instruments attached to robotic arms are controlled by the surgeon, enabling precise and angled movements not possible with the human hand.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Potential benefits of da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy over traditional open and laparoscopic surgery include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Minimal need for blood transfusions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Fewer complications
- Faster recovery and return to normal activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. Robotic sacrocolpopexy may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
Pelvic surgeons at Methodist are leaders in the use of robotics to improve patient outcomes and the quality of women’s healthcare. As specialists in female pelvic medicine, we are also experts in helping women determine the best treatment option, both surgical and nonsurgical, for pelvic organ prolapse conditions.