Robot-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy with autologous fascia lata: technique and initial outcomes

Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis

Pelvic reconstructive surgery is increasingly being performed with autologous grafts to avoid complications of synthetic mesh and improve the durability of a native tissue repair. Autologous fascia lata (AFL) provides a reliable source of robust connective tissue to improve surgical outcomes. We present our technique and initial experience with performing robotic sacrocolpopexy (RSC) augmented with AFL.

Methods

A retrospective review was conducted of patients who underwent RSC with AFL between January 2015 and November 2017. Outcomes evaluated include recurrence of prolapse on physical examination, prolapse symptoms, urinary incontinence, patient satisfaction based on the Patient Global Impression of Improvement (PGI-I) and complications.

Results

Twelve patients were identified with a median age of 68 years (range, 46–77 years) at the time of RSC with AFL. Eleven patients had a history of prior sling and/or vaginal mesh. The median operative time was 225 min (177–302 min). There were no intra- or postoperative complications. After a median follow-up of 14.7 months (5.7 to 39 months), the median PGI-I response was 2 (range, 1–3, very much to a little better). No recurrent or persistent apical prolapse was observed. Three patients (25%) reported recurrence of sensation of a vaginal bulge, which were all due to anterior vaginal wall prolapse.

Conclusions

RSC can be performed with AFL and should be considered in patients with a history of mesh complications. Overall patient satisfaction was high. While these short-term outcomes are encouraging, further studies are needed to assess long-term durability of anatomic results.

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Abbreviations

ASC:

abdominal sacrocolpopexy

AFL:

autologous fascia lata

FL:

fascia lata

PGI-I:

Patient Global Impression of Improvement

POP:

pelvic organ prolapse

RSC:

robotic-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy

SUI:

stress urinary incontinence

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Scott, V.C.S., Oliver, J.L., Raz, S. et al. Robot-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy with autologous fascia lata: technique and initial outcomes. Int Urogynecol J 30, 1965–1971 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-019-03884-2

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Keywords

  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy
  • Fascia lata