Sacrocolpopexy: Prolapse Repair
Heather Kazmierczak has dealt with a difficult problem for many years. “Even when I was young, in my twenties, if I would exercise, jump up and down, I would have urinary incontinence. Then, I had two pregnancies, and it got worse after that.”
She couldn’t laugh, exercise, or take a simple walk without the worry that it would occur. She was suffering from symptoms of a condition called prolapse.
DMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist Dr. Susan Hendrix explains: “the uterus sits atop the vagina, and in prolapse, the uterus falls down into the vagina, often pulling the rectum and bladder with it. These problems go hand in hand with urinary incontinence.”
“Many treatments have been used for prolapse,” says DMC Gynecology Specialist, Dr. Gene McNeely. “What has evolved over the last 20 years is clear evidence that one procedure is the most effective: sacrocolpopexy.” This procedure is the process of attaching a graft material to the top of the vagina or the cervix and burying it underneath the abdominal covering and attaching it to a bony part of the pelvis called the sacrum.
When a DMC specialist attaches the graft, it becomes a permanent hammock-like part of the patient’s anatomy; like having a girdle on the inside that holds the anatomy in place.
With two young kids, Heather was hesitant about surgery and its recovery time. But Dr. Hendrix performs the sacrocolpopexy with the da Vinci robot. Da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy is minimally invasive surgery, and has a dramatically shorter recovery time. Reassured, Heather decided to undergo the da Vinci sacrocolpopexy.
When performing the da Vinci sacrocolpopexy, Dr. Hendrix attached the mesh hammock to the side and front of Heather’s cervix, and then to the back of the sacrum. This will now hold the uterus in place. The entire area is then re-covered with an abdominal covering called the peritoneum.
The da Vinci sacrocolpopexy allows Dr. Hendrix to work remotely, using hand and foot controls to operate both the 3-D high definition camera and the instruments inside the patient.
Both Heather and Dr. Hendrix are pleased with the outcome. “I felt great, I had no pain,” says Heather. I came home with the kids. I actually had to pretend that I was a little slow and uncomfortable so that my role wouldn’t be expected of me right away!”
To take advantage of robotic surgery with the da Vinci system, including da Vinci sacrocolpopexy, call 888-DMC-2500.