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Ghanbari Z, Mireshghi M S, Hajibaratali B, Khazardoost S, Borna S. Infracoccygeal sacropexy in the treatment of vaginal vault prolapse: a prospective study. Tehran Univ Med J 2007; 65 (5) :39-42
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Background: Vaginal vault prolapse is a significant longer-term complication in patients undergoing hysterectomy. An important cause is generally acknowledged to be weakness in the uterosacral and cardinal ligaments. Vaginal delivery is known to be a risk factor, and obesity and menopause are predisposing factors. Urogynecologists are constantly looking for simple, safe and effective ways to cure vaginal apex prolapse. Infracoccygeal sacropexy, also known as posterior intravaginal slingplasty, is a useful and less-invasive procedure, with low morbidity. The aim of this study is to confirm the efficacy, safety and long-term outcome of infracoccygeal sacropexy for the treatment of vault prolapse.
Methods: In a prospective observational study, we performed infracoccygeal sacropexy to treat 26 patients who had at least grade 3 symptomatic vault prolapse secondary to transvaginal hysterectomy. Data collection included anatomic outcome, and intra- and post-operative complications.
Results: The mean patient age was 67 years. The mean operation time was 30 minutes and mean blood loss was 130 ml. No intraoperative rectal perforation was seen, and all patients were discharged within 24 hours of surgery. The symptomatic cure of prolapse rate, urgency, nocturia and pelvic pain was 96.2%, 88.8%, 92.6% and 77% orderly. Only one tape rejection occurred in one of the 26 patients.
Conclusion: Our initial experience with infracoccygeal sacropexy shows an efficacy similar to other more established surgical techniques for the cure of vault prolapse, but with less surgical morbidity. Therefore, the procedure is found to be efficient and safe, with shorter operation times, reduced postoperative complication and shorter hospital convalescence.
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