When is a Robot-Assisted Abdominal Sacrocolopopexy Primarily Used?
If the structures and systems within your pelvic region aren’t positioned properly, it’s possible for an organ prolapse to occur. The vaginal vault is the most common area to be affected by the organs sliding downwards. One of the best treatment options for correcting the prolapse is a robot-assisted abdominal sacrocolopopexy, which is much more straightforward than the name implies. Women who suffer from organ prolapse don’t always require surgery to correct the problem. However, if the other options don’t work as intended, you should heavily consider this surgery. Some of the problems that can be effectively treated with this procedure include:
Urinary incontinence that’s caused by a prolapse
Pain that occurs during intercourse
Severe prolapse from a hysterectomy
How to Prepare for Surgery
Much of the preparation for this surgery occurs during your initial appointments with the urologist. They will perform a variety of tests to determine how the prolapse has adversely affected your urinary tract and the systems within. These tests usually include urine tests, blood tests, health evaluations, and imaging tests. It’s possible that you will be provided with some antibiotics before the treatment begins to make sure that an infection doesn’t develop from the procedure.
What to Expect During Surgery
Before the actual robot-assisted abdominal sacrocolopopexy treatment begins, you’ll be provided with a dose of general anesthesia, which means that you will be put to sleep during the procedure. Incisions are made in the lower abdomen in order to pull certain tissues upwards, which will help to reverse the prolapse and restore the organs to their original position. The tissues will be secured to their new position with a surgical mesh. The incisions will then be closed, which is when you can begin your recovery. Consider performing pelvic floor exercises following this treatment to make sure that a prolapse doesn’t reoccur.
This is a minimally-invasive procedure, which means that recovery can be shortened. Most surgeries that can be used for the treatment of an organ prolapse are much more invasive than this one. Every movement of the surgical tools is performed by a robotic device that is controlled by the surgeon’s hands, which means that there’s less chance of an error occurring. Some additional benefits of this treatment compared to standard surgery include short recovery times, low chance of nerve or tissue damage, and a lower amount of complication risks.