Robotic Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Prolapse
Pelvic prolapse is a condition that occurs when muscles and ligaments supporting your pelvic organs weaken. As a result, these organs (uterus, vagina, cervix, bladder, urethra, or rectum) slip from their normal position. Severe uterine prolapse can cause the uterus to slip partially into the vagina. It may cause the upper part of the vagina to sag into the vaginal canal or even outside the vagina.
Some women with prolapse have no symptoms. Others may experience: a feeling of sitting on a ball, pulling in the pelvis, pelvic or abdominal pain, painful intercourse, protrusion of tissue from the vagina, bladder infections, vaginal bleeding, unusual discharge, constipation or frequent urination.
Your doctor may recommend medication or lifestyle changes to ease your symptoms. If non-surgical treatments do not help or if your symptoms get worse, you may be a candidate for robotic sacrocolpopexy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive sacrocolpopexy available today.
As a result, robotic sacrocolpopexy offers the following potential benefits when compared to traditional open or laparoscopic surgery:
- A shorter operation
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Shorter duration with catheter
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Improved urinary, bowel, and pelvic symptoms
- Low rate of complications
- A shorter hospital stay
How robot-assisted surgery works:
Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robot. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, robotic surgeons have a greater range of motion, they can see more clearly and they have better dexterity when using the robotic system.
Though robotic sacrocolpopexy has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for robotic sacrocolpopexy. Sacrocolpopexys can be performed by open surgery, minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor.