The Latest Innovation in Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse The Da Vinci Surgical System
Did you know that almost 40% of women over 50 years old are effected by pelvic organ prolapse? Often linked to menopause, obesity, pregnancy and childbirth, pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles become weak and are not able to hold the vagina, uterus, rectum or bladder.
Pelvic organ prolapse causes discomfort and even pain making it difficult for women to maintain an active and full lifestyle. Women experiencing pelvic floor disorder typically have problems with bowel movements, sexual dysfunction, vaginal ulcers or urinary incontinence.
Pelvic prolapse is treated surgically, by implanting a synthetic mesh to hold the fallen organ in its correct position. The standard approach for many years was the traditional open sacrocolpopexy surgery, which implied a 6-10″ incision, significant pain and 2-3 day hospitalization.
A relatively recent approach is the laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy surgery. Only 2-3 small incisions are needed to perform the surgery, less scarring, shorter recovery time and reduced pain. Although the rigidity of the laparoscopic instruments leads to some limitations, the procedure is effective and safe for the less complex prolapsed surgeries.
But the latest innovation in treating pelvic organ prolapse is the innovative da Vinci Surgical System which performs minimally invasive complex pelvic prolapse surgeries. A small 1-2 cm incision is made through which the surgeon introduces the da Vinci robotic arm. The surgeon is the one who controls the robotic arms and the three-dimensional, high definition da Vinci camera offers a magnified view which is better than normal vision. The befits of the da Vinci approach include: less blood loss, only 1 day hospital stay, reduced risk of complications and infection, less pain and quick recovery time.
Thanks to technological advancements and the continuous development and research in the medical field, more patients have access to minimally invasive, highly successful procedures worldwide.