Pelvic organ prolapse is caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor structures (muscle and tissues), which support the pelvis, holding the bladder, uterus, and other pelvic organs in place. The symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can range from mild to severe, depending upon the position of the prolapsed organ. Mild prolapse may not cause any symptoms. Moderate prolapse may cause a feeling of pressure in the vagina, discomfort or pain in the lower abdomen and/or lower back, and pain during sexual intercourse. Severe prolapse causes the same types of symptoms, but the pelvic organ is dropped down so far that it is visible or protruding through the vaginal opening.
Prolapse can also cause urinary symptoms, including stress and urge incontinence, and a feeling of being unable to completely empty the bladder. Additionally, prolapse can contribute to bowel issues such as constipation, incomplete emptying, and leakage of stool.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
Since 2008 UROGYN Savannah has been offering the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which allows highly-skilled surgeons to perform complex procedures with greater precision and expertise. This is the latest enhancement in minimally invasive surgery and part of our ongoing effort to bring the most advanced tools and technology to our patients.
Robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three dimensional visualizations of the operative site.
Sacrocolpopexy is one of the most successful operations used to correct vaginal vault prolapse, and it is considered by many to be the “gold-standard”. It involves attaching one end of a synthetic mesh to the top of the vagina and the other end to the sacral promontory (upper part of the tail bone or lower part of the spine); thereby restoring the vagina to its normal anatomic position.
Robotic sacrocolpopexy represents a state-of-the-art minimally invasive approach to the surgical correction of vaginal vault prolapse. And for most women, this translates into many benefits including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- Less scarring
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Dr. Stubbs was the first and remains the only surgeon in the region to use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for advanced urogynecological procedures.