, Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 1200-1203
Date: 12 May 2005

Robotic-assisted pelvic organ prolapse surgery

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Abstract

Background

This study describes technical aspect and short-term results of pelvic organ prolapse surgery using the da Vinci robotic system.

Methods

During a 1-year period, 18 consecutive patients with pelvic organ prolapse were operated on using the da-Vinci system. Clinical data were prospectively collected and analyzed.

Results

All but one procedure was successfully completed robotically (95%). Performed procedures were colpohysteropexy (n = 12), mesh rectopexy (n = 2), or sutured rectopexy combined with sigmoid resection (n = 4). Average setup time was 21 min and significantly decreased with experience. Mean operative time was 172 min (range, 45–280). There were no mortality and no specific morbidity due to the robotic approach. Mean hospital stay was 7 days. At 6 months, all patients were free of pelvic organ prolapse and stated that they were satisfied with anatomical and functional results.

Conclusion

Our experience indicates that using the da-Vinci robotic system is feasible, safe, and effective for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.