A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems of the genital and pelvic areas. During this procedure, an endoscope (tube) with a camera on the end is inserted through a tiny incision that allows your doctor to closely examine the organs of the area. Surgical instruments can be inserted through additional incisions to treat any identified problems.
Technological advances have brought computers and laparoscopic instruments to the forefront of surgical approaches. This provides patients with a minimally invasive technique that can be utilized in a wide range of procedures.
A sacrocolpopexy is used to repair any prolapse or drop of a pelvic floor organ, such as the vagina, uterus or bladder. The prolapse is corrected by using mesh to support the area in its anatomical position. It has a high rate of success and is often considered the “gold standard” in prolapse repair. Traditional sacrocolpopexy requires a large horizontal incision in the lower abdomen in order to reach these organs.
Sacrocolpopexy can now be performed in a minimally invasive fashion, utilizing laparoscopic surgery. This technique allows this complex procedure to be performed through a few tiny incisions with the same durable results and decreased recovery time compared to traditional “open” surgery.
Uterosacral Ligament Suspension
Uterosacral ligament suspension is a procedure that is designed to restore support to the uterus and the vaginal vault, or the top of the vagina. Uterosacral ligament suspension is a minimally invasive treatment for uterine or vaginal prolapse, that surgically lifts up the top of the vagina and holds it in place.
The uterosacral ligaments are strong and supportive ligaments that attach the cervix to the sacrum, or bottom of the spine. These ligaments can become stretched and weakened as a result of pelvic organ prolapse. A uterosacral ligament suspension is a procedure that stitches the uterosacral ligaments to the top of the vagina, restoring support. Utero ligament suspension may be performed laparoscopically or through the vagina or abdomen. If left untreated, patients with uterine prolapse may experience difficulties with bladder function and sexual activity as well as additional organ prolapse.