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Sacrocolpopexy is an operation which is performed to support the vagina in women with pelvic organ prolapse. In this condition, the roof of the vagina is collapsed and the organs in the pelvic region including vagina, uterus and bladder descend to a position which is lower from their original position.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:
Women with the below conditions are not suitable candidates for sacrocolpopexy:
Before undergoing the surgery inform the doctor if there are chances of pregnancy and about the drugs which are currently in use. Considering these, the doctor will decide whether the surgery is suitable for the patient.
Few days before the surgery:
One day before undergoing surgery
The main aim of the surgery is to restore the positions of the pelvic organs and to relieve the symptoms. It may take around 1-2 hours to complete the surgery.
Before performing the operation, the surgeon gives anesthesia to cause numbness either at the surgical site or the entire body.
Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy is performed by making small incisions in the abdominal region through which a video camera and the necessary surgical tools are inserted.
During this procedure, a soft synthetic mesh is used to support the pelvic organs. Initially, the mesh is positioned with strap-like arms that are woven through the pelvis. Later, the body tissue grows through the mesh to provide the necessary support. It is a minimally invasive method which helps in a faster recovery and leaves only minor scars on the skin.
The main advantages of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy are decreased risk of post-surgical complications and reduced blood loss due to the size of the incision.
The below measures can help in a faster recovery from the surgery:
Similar to any other surgical procedure, sacrocolpopexy is associated with certain risks which may include:
Additionally, the following risks are involved which are specific to sacrocolpopexy:
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