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da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy: Surgery for Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse
Uterine / Vaginal Vault Prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, and lacks support for the uterus. The uterus then slips down toward the vagina and pelvis is no longer in its natural position.
Uterine / Vaginal Vault Prolapse can happen to women of any age, but it often affects postmenopausal women who've had one or more vaginal deliveries. Uterine / Vaginal Vault Prolapse can happen from after child birth, with weight gain and strenuous physical labor.
Women with uterine / vaginal vault prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction, and having a bowel movement.
da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy involves correcting the uterine / vaginal vault prolapse with mesh, which 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.
da Vinci robotic surgical system enhances the surgeon's skills by providing higher-definition, 3-D view of tissue and a greater range of motion for more precision and control.
In comparison to traditional open surgery incision, da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy offers some women these benefits:
- 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
Every surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Be sure to ask your doctor if this procedure is right for you.