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Outcomes of Robotic Sacrocolpopexy Using Only Absorbable Suture for Mesh Fixation

Linder, Brian J. MD; Anand, Mallika MD, MS; Klingele, Christopher J. MD, MS; Trabuco, Emanuel C. MD, MS; Gebhart, John B. MD, MS; Occhino, John A. MD, MS

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: January/February 2017 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 13–16
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000326
Original Articles

Objective The optimal suture selection for mesh attachment during robotic sacrocolpopexy (RSC) is currently unknown. Here, we sought to evaluate the outcomes of RSC using absorbable sutures for vaginal and sacral mesh attachment.

Methods We retrospectively reviewed 132 RSC surgeries that were performed for vaginal vault prolapse in the Division of Gynecologic Surgery at our institution from February 2007 to December 2013. All cases were performed with absorbable suture (polyglactin) for vaginal and sacral mesh fixation. Sacrocolpopexy failure was defined as patients undergoing either repeat prolapse surgery or pessary use for recurrent prolapse. The durability of RSC was assessed via Kaplan-Meier method.

Results The median age at surgery was 61.1 years (interquartile range [IQR], 55.6–68.2) and the median length of postoperative follow-up was 33 months (IQR, 15.7–57). The median body mass index was 26.5 kg/m2 (IQR, 24.3–29.7). During follow-up, 10 patients underwent prolapse retreatment. There were 2 apical recurrences, 4 distal anterior recurrences, 2 posterior recurrences, and, in 2 cases, the location was unknown. One apical recurrence was confirmed to be secondary to detachment of the mesh from the sacral promontory. Among those with recurrence, the median time to recurrence was 15.5 months (IQR, 4.22–35.9). Overall, the 1-year and 3-year freedom from repeat surgery rates were 96% and 93%, respectively.

Conclusions With a median follow-up of 33 months, the use of absorbable suture for both vaginal and sacral attachments during RSC is effective. Further studies evaluating suture selection and mesh attachment techniques for RSC are needed.

With a median follow-up of 33 months, the use of absorbable sutures for both vaginal and sacral attachments during robotic sacrocolpopexy is effective.

From the *Department of Urology, †Division of Gynecologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

This study was supported by the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Reprints: John A. Occhino, MD, First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905. E-mail:

The authors have declared they have no conflicts of interest.

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