International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 25, Issue 8, pp 1137–1139 | Cite as

Robotically assisted laparoscopic repair of anterior vaginal wall and uterine prolapse by lateral suspension with mesh: initial experience and video

  • Patrick DällenbachEmail author
  • Nikolaus Veit
IUJ Video


Introduction and hypothesis

Sacral colpopexy/hysteropexy is a well-established approach to vaginal apex support and was the first technique used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) with robotic assistance. However, dissection at the level of the promontory may be difficult, especially in obese patients, and associated with rare but potential serious morbidity such as life-threatening vascular injury. In an attempt to avoid this risk, we describe a new robotic approach for POP repair with lateral suspension.


From March 2012 through June 2013, ten patients with symptomatic anterior vaginal wall and uterine prolapse were operated by a single surgeon. The video presents the different steps of robotically assisted laparoscopic repair of POP by lateral suspension with mesh and uterine conservation using da Vinci S or Si system.


POP repair was successfully completed in all ten patients without any perioperative or postoperative complication.


Robotically assisted laparoscopic repair of POP by lateral suspension with mesh is a novel and feasible technique with promising short-term results. It may have several theoretical advantages over sacral colpopexy/hysteropexy and may represent an alternative in cases of difficult dissection of the promontory.


Pelvic organ prolapse Sacrocolpopexy Hysteropexy Robotic surgery da Vinci system Uterine prolapse 


Conflicts of interest


Supplementary material


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of GynecologyGeneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecology, Urogynecology UnitGeneva University HospitalsGenève 14Switzerland

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