It is an operation performed from the abdomen to support the vagina to the ligament on the spine (after previous or concurrent surgery to remove the womb) by using a synthetic mesh.
It is performed to treat severe protrusion of the vagina after removal of the womb.
The protrusion usually bothers you because of:
The objective of the operation is to relieve your symptoms, restore vaginal anatomy (as much as possible) and sexual function.
Sacrocolpopexy is a relatively safe operation in good hands. However, like all surgical operations, complications may occasionally occur. These include:
The surgery is done under general anaesthesia. The anaesthetist will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.
An abdominal incision is made. The synthetic mesh is stitched to the posterior surface of the vagina and to the ligaments in front of the spine.
A tube/drain may be inserted into the abdomen to monitor the bleeding.
A catheter will be inserted into the bladder as there may be difficulty in urination immediately after the procedure.
Painkillers, laxatives and antibiotics would generally be prescribed after the procedure.
You will be reviewed at the Urogynaecology Centre at 1 week, 1-month, 6-month, 12-month and yearly reviews thereafter. It is important to keep your follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible results.