Robotic Surgery for Vaginal Prolapse
Dr. Rafael Antun, Urologist from the University of Miami Hospital performed for the first time in Florida a procedure called Robotic Vaginal Prolapsed Repair. Vaginal prolapse is a condition in which structures such as the uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, small bowel, or the vagina itself may begin to fall from their natural positions. Without treatment women can suffer from embarrassing lack of bladder control, bladder outlet obstruction, damage to vaginal mucosa, and recurring urinary tract infections.
“Vaginal prolapse is a very common and prevalent condition affecting 30-40% of women usually following menopause, childbirth or a hysterectomy,” says Rafael Antun, M.D. “Researchers have found better outcomes for robotic sacrocolpopexy patients – including decreased hospital stay, fewer post operative complications and faster post operative recovery time.”
Prolapse regularly affects postmenopausal women who have had one or more vaginal deliveries. Injury sustained by supportive tissues during pregnancy and childbirth, in addition to the effects of gravity, estrogen loss and constant straining over the years, can weaken pelvic floor muscles and tissues and lead to uterine prolapse. “This new robotic surgery, generally has about a 50-60% success rate and offers more options for women who want to have their prolapse repaired and are looking for a less-invasive type of procedure.” This procedure represents another milestone in the development of minimally invasive surgery at University of Miami Hospital.