Replacing Hopelessness with Hope through Sacrocolpopexy Surgery
It’s something experienced by millions of women all over the world, but most women feel unwilling or unable to talk about it, even with their friends: pelvic floor disorder. Most often, people think in a broader sense when they hear the term, associating it simply with pelvic organ prolapse; but they may not realize that it can be specified further to conditions including vaginal vault prolapse, which is related to the failure of muscles in the pelvic floor to provide proper support for the vagina. It’s a sensitive subject, both literally and figuratively, and many women suffer through it alone, wondering if anyone they know will understand what they’re going through on a daily basis as they look for any available source of relief, often believing that there may not actually be a cure in sight.
For women like these, a urogynecologist can become a great ally, offering them treatment options that will simplify their lives and relieve their pain. These are specialists who can work directly with a patient to evaluate their symptoms and diagnose the disorder so that they can find safe, effective solutions to eliminate the problem, whether that advice is a simple lifestyle change or something more intensive like surgery. In cases such as these, they may often be advised to consider sacrocolpopexy surgery, a surgical procedure in which the vagina is physically placed in its proper position and secured by the implantation of medical mesh.
Putting Things in Place
In the past, sacrocolpopexy surgery was performed using traditional methods of surgery, but with more recent developments in medicine, the procedure can be performed in a minimally-invasive way utilizing robotic technologies such as those of da Vinci surgery, which offers significant benefits including:
- Less recovery time and less time in the hospital post-procedure
- Less loss of blood during surgery, which decreases the need for transfusions
- A faster return to regular activities
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Reduced risk for infection
Many doctors recommend the procedure to patients who have had a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse, as well as those undergoing surgery to treat urinary incontinence, bladder prolapse, or bowel prolapse.
Making a Move Makes All the Difference
During surgery, an incision is made in the abdomen, and the vagina is physically separated from its connection points to the surrounding area—in the front, this is the bladder, while the back is connected to the rectum—before being covered in a synthetic mesh graft material at these connection points. The mesh is secured to the tail bone and then covered by a layer of natural tissue called the peritoneum. Because this tissue lines the abdominal cavity, using it as a covering for the mesh ensures that the bowel will not become adhered to the mesh in the future and helps the body naturally integrate the mesh as it heals.
Let your hopes for the future be lifted! For more information about sacrocolpopexy surgery give the team at Coyle Institute a call today!