Posterior Intravaginal Slingplasty (Infracoccygeal Sacropexy) for Severe Posthysterectomy Vaginal Vault Prolapse – A Preliminary Report on Efficacy and Safety
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The infracoccygeal sacropexy, or posterior intravaginal slingplasty, was first reported by Petros as a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of vault prolapse. This report is a prospective observational study that confirms the efficacy and safety of this new procedure. In this operation the IVS Tunneller (Tyco Healthcare, USA) is used to insert an 8 mm polypropylene tape between the perineum and the vaginal vault. The resulting artificial neoligament reinforces the atrophied uterosacral ligaments. The rectovaginal fascia and perineal body are then repaired by a technique that includes using a bridge of vaginal epithelium to strengthen the central vaginal epithelium at the point of maximum weakness. The symptomatic cure rates for prolapse were 91%, urgency 79%, nocturia 82% and pelvic pain 78%. All patients were discharged home within 24 hours. There were minimal surgical complications and no transfusions were required. The technique is safe, minimally invasive, has a short learning curve, and the skills needed are those of any competent pelvic surgeon.
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