Vaginal vault prolapse occurs when the apex of the vagina descends below the vaginal opening (introitus). The prolapse results from poor support of ligaments that normally maintain vaginal position.
For many women, surgery may be the best treatment option to repair pelvic prolapse, including vaginal vault prolapsed shown as an example below. Your doctor will perform a physical exam to determine the best way to completely repair the prolapse.
Pelvic prolapse surgery is known as sacrocolpopexy. Surgical mesh is used to hold the affected pelvic organ(s) in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed after a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse. It provides long-term support of the vagina.
Open Sacrocolpopexy Incisions
da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy Incisions
Prolapse surgery has traditionally been performed as open surgery. A long horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen to access the pelvic organs, but recovery after open surgery is often lengthy. Prolapse surgery can also be performed minimally invasively – through small incisions - with laparoscopic surgery. Traditional laparoscopy may present challenges due to the long-handled, rigid instruments needed for the procedure. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option that overcomes the limits of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery – da Vinci Surgery.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat pelvic prolapse, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy. Using state-of-the-art technology, da Vinci Surgery requires only a few tiny incisions, so you can get back to your life faster. The da Vinci System enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci’s 3D, high-definition vision system allows surgeons to see key anatomy with immense depth and clarity– critical for complex conditions.
da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy offers several potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Less post-operative pain
- Less blood lossroboticsacrocolpopexy4
- Less risk of infection
- Minimal need for blood transfusions
- Improved cosmesis with small incisions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Faster recovery time
- Equivalent urogynecologic outcomes