How Does Robotic Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Work?

Robotic pelvic floor reconstruction is a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic floor dysfunction.

Damage to the pelvic floor is a serious medical condition that may occur as result of childbirth, a prior history of hysterectomy or repetitive weight-lifting. These conditions can weaken, damage or break the vagina’s supporting tissues. 

Pelvic floor dysfunction basically creates a hernia of the contents of the vagina. It is very common; it occurs in 10 to 20 percent of post-menopausal women.

To repair the damage, urologists need to reposition the protruding organs or portions. A surgeon will make five small-port incisions in the patient’s abdomen: One is for the camera and the other four are working ports for the surgical instruments. Through these incisions, narrow tubes are inserted through the abdominal wall so that instruments can be slid through them to repair the pelvic wall.

Prior to using robotic-assisted techniques for this procedure, there were two approaches to the repair of vaginal prolapse: Either entering through an open abdominal incision or entering through the vagina. Robotic surgery is a lot less invasive and leads to a quicker and easier recovery.

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