Sacrocolpopexy - Minimally Invasive Treatment Options via da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that savvy patients have options other than conventional surgery. San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center has invested in the latest, most precise technology - the da Vinci Robot Surgical System, an exciting new treatment option in minimally invasive surgery for conditions including vaginal or uterine prolapse. Use this page to learn more about advanced treatment options for uterine and vaginal vault prolapse, including sacrocolpopexy using the da Vinci surgical system.
What is a Sacrocolpopexy?
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure used to support the vaginal vault by affixing it to the periosteum of the sacrum following a hysterectomy. It is also used for treating and correcting Vaginal Vault Prolapse or Uterine Prolapse with excellent results.
Sacrocolpopexy refers to suspending and/or supporting the vagina via a ligament on the sacrum. If a sacrocolpopexy is performed laparoscopically or robotically, we consider it to be minimally invasive reconstructive surgery of the pelvis. Prolapse of the vagina is a condition in which some of the inside vaginal walls are falling down. Behind these inside walls can be bladder, small bowel or rectum and the uterus can also be in a state of descent. Often the repair is performed through the vagina, with incisions in the vagina, with or without the placement of mesh. In patients with severe prolapse, failed previous vaginal repairs or younger patients, a sacrocolpopexy is often preferably performed. Uterine prolapse also refers to a condition in which internal organs are not properly aligned and cause patient discomfort over time.
In sacrocolpopexy, the patient’s vagina will be surgically approached from an abdominal view. A mesh is attached to the top of the vagina, and extended to the front (underneath part of the bladder) and the back of the vagina, like the top portion of a Y. The lower part of the Y shaped mesh will be attached towards the right side of a ligament on the sacrum. The da Vinci surgical system offers a new way to approach this surgery through the use of a sophisticated robotic system, and therefore minimally invasive for the patient.
Prolapse (or falling) of any pelvic floor organs (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) occurs when the connective tissues or muscles in the body cavity are weak and can not hold the pelvis in its natural position.
Sacrocolpopexy - da Vinci Robotic Surgery as a Minimally Invasive Treatment Option
If you have been diagnosed with vaginal prolapse, uterine prolapse, or other prolapse condition, you should consider all your treatment options and work with your physician to identify the best treatment option for you. The da Vinci® Surgical System is one of the advanced, minimally invasive treatment options now provided by California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Our top San Francisco based surgeons are highly trained specialists in robotics surgery, including the use of the da Vinci robot for sacrocolpopexy.
A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci® System, is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for sacrocolpopexy and other gynecologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate surgery such as many gynecologic procedures (e.g., hysterectomy).
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat vaginal or uterine prolapse, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. The procedure is called sacrocolpopexy, and da Vinci is one of the newer treatment options for vaginal prolapse and many other gynecological procedures. Doctors at CPMC are using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci Surgical System. da Vinci allows the surgeon to operate through a few tiny incisions. Advantages include -
- Less risk of infection
- Less likelihood of negative side effects
- Less pain from surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
da Vinci is a robotic surgery system in which the surgeon controls a robot through advanced technology. Even with this advanced robotic surgical treatment for vaginal or uterine prolapse, the surgeon is always in control. Advanced robotic surgery such as a robotic / da Vinci is one of the many advanced surgeries performed at CPMC, San Francisco.
Is a sacrocolpopexy via da Vinci Robotic Surgery the Best Treatment Option for You?
Vaginal Prolapse and/or Uterine Prolapse are complex conditions, and you should consult with your primary care physician as well as your specialist to consider your best treatment options. da Vinci sacrocolpopexy is one of the newer robotic techniques and has been very successful, when used appropriately. Ultimately, however, only you and your surgeon can decide if da Vinci sacrocolpopexy is the best minimally invasive treatment option for you.
Take the first step and make an appointment with a CPMC physician today. We have several surgeons qualified to use the da Vinci robot for sacrocolpopexy - reflecting an investment in the best surgical technologies used by some of the best surgeons in San Francisco, in California, and in the United States as a whole. We are one of the top-rated da Vinci robotic surgical centers in California, and our staff looks forward to identifying the best treatment options and guidelines for you.
About Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System at CPMC San Francisco
San Francisco residents as well as people who come from all over the United States know that CPMC’s top surgeons are among the best in the San Francisco Bay area at performing da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries. In fact, CPMC’s gynecologists perform more da Vinci Robot-assisted surgeries than any other San Francisco Bay Area doctors. Robotic surgery such as the da Vinci surgical system is now the gold standard of treatment for many conditions. Our commitment is to be one of the best robotic and da Vinci surgery centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, and in the United States and to work with our patients to determine the best treatment options, including minimally invasive robotic surgery using the top-rated da Vinci robot. Our Robotic Surgery Department serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Marin County, as well as the entire Northern California region with da Vinci certified surgeons.
Note: da Vinci takes its name from Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci the famous Italian artist and scientist. “da Vinci” may be misspelled as one word, daVinci, as in daVinci robotic surgery, or daVinci surgery, or daVinci certified surgeon, but the correct spelling is two words, da Vinci.