Overview of da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy (Uterine/Vaginal Prolapse)

Earle Pescatore

Earle Pescatore DO

Dr. Pescatore was born and raised in South Florida. He attended William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts. He attended Nova Southeastern University and completed a Doctor of Osteopathy. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1996 where he completed his post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology. He also completed two overseas operational tours. In 2002, he completed the Osteopathic Heritage Fellowship in Health ... View full profile

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Vaginal prolapse occurs when the network of muscles, ligaments and skin that hold the vagina in its correct anatomical position weaken. This causes the vagina to prolapse (slip or fall) from its normal position.

Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, reducing support for the uterus. The uterus then slips or falls into the vaginal canal.

Vaginal prolapse can cause the following symptoms:
•    a feeling of heaviness or pulling in your pelvis
•    tissue protruding from your vagina
•    painful intercourse
•    pelvic pain
•    difficulties with urination and bowel movements

Risk factors for vaginal prolapse include:
•    multiple vaginal deliveries
•    age
•    obesity
•    hysterectomy
•    collagen quality
•    smoking

If your doctor recommends sacrocolpopexy, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery.

For most women, da Vinci robot-assisted surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open approach to sacrocolpopexy:

•    significantly less pain
•    less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
•    less scarring
•    shorter hospital stay
•    shorter recovery
•    fewer complications

da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the uterus and vagina.

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