August 18, 2023

What is Colpopexy?

The goal of colpopexy is to suspend the top of your vagina or uterus into its proper anatomic position. It is the surgical gold standard for pelvic organ prolapse repair and has a success rate of 74-98%. It is done through the abdomen or vagina, using your own tissue or a synthetic graft to support the vault.

Sacrocolpopexy is most commonly performed with a mesh to provide additional stability, which reduces prolapse recurrence. This surgery is usually a day procedure and you can return home the same day.

It may take up to six weeks for you to recover fully from your operation. While you recover, it is important to protect your surgical wound and avoid lifting heavy objects. Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding your recovery.

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition when your pelvic organs such as your uterus and bladder sag or protrude out of the vagina. Prolapse can cause pain, a sensation of fullness or pressure in your vagina, urinary leakage and discomfort. Symptoms may get worse during sexual activity or while laughing or coughing.

Sacral colpopexy, also called uterosacral ligament fixation or iliococcygeus fascia fixation is a surgical treatment for pelvic vault prolapse in women with intact ureters. It is often performed by laparoscopic surgery. It is an alternative to hysterectomy in women who want to preserve their uterus. It is the preferred method to correct vault prolapse after hysterectomy and is done through your abdomen with a minimally invasive technique.


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