Robotic sacrocolpopexy is emerging as the gold standard treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse occurs when the vagina and associated pelvic organs - the bladder, bowel or uterus - fall to or through the vaginal opening. Pelvic organ prolapse is common, and affects up to 40% of women. Symptoms vary, however women with prolapse often complain of feeling pressure, or feel a bulge in the pelvic area. Other problems associated with prolapse include incomplete bowel or bladder emptying, incontinence, and sexual complaints.
Sacrocolpopexy is performed by reattaching the vagina and pelvic organs to the sacrum with the use of a graft or netting material. Sacrocolpopexy was traditionally performed through a large open incision which required prolonged recovery. Robotic sacrocolpopexy is performed through 5-6 keyhole incisions, with the associated benefits of decreased pain, faster recovery and reduced blood loss. Drs. Rogers and Komesu are the first surgeons in New Mexico to offer this procedure robotically.