Surgical management of recurrent upper vaginal prolapse following sacral colpopexy


Introduction and hypothesis

As sacral colpopexy (SC) is increasingly utilised in the surgical management of apical prolapse, we will undoubtedly be asked to manage recurrent prolapse after SC. We present a four-step technique of performing a repeated laparoscopic sacral colpopexy (LSC) for the surgical management of recurrent upper vaginal prolapse after SC surgery.


Between July 2012 and July 2013 women presenting with symptomatic post-SC vault prolapse were prospectively evaluated. Peri-operative morbidity and short-term complications were recorded. Surgical outcomes were objectively assessed utilising the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) system, the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire (APFQ) and the Patient Global Impression of Improvement (PGI-I).


Five women underwent LSC. Extensive adhesiolysis was required in three patients and the dissection was characterised by marked fibrosis. The mesh remained attached to the sacrum and had limited contact with the anterior vagina and vault in all cases. At a mean follow-up of 8.5 months all women had resolution of the awareness of prolapse, less than stage 2 prolapse on examination and high levels of satisfaction on PGI-I.


While the repeat LSC is feasible, safe and effective, adhesions and marked fibrosis make this a challenging intervention. Further evaluation is required.

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N. Haya: project development, data collection, manuscript writing; M. Maher: manuscript editing, video and audio editing; E. Ballard: management data analysis, manuscript editing.

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Haya, N., Maher, M. & Ballard, E. Surgical management of recurrent upper vaginal prolapse following sacral colpopexy. Int Urogynecol J 26, 1243–1245 (2015) doi:10.1007/s00192-015-2633-9

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  • Laparoscopic sacral colpopexy
  • Apical prolapse
  • Mesh