Uterine and Vaginal Prolapse

da Vinci Surgery for Uterine or Vaginal Prolapse (Sacrocolpopexy)

For many women, surgery may be the best treatment option to repair pelvic prolapse, including vaginal vault prolapse. Your doctor will perform a physical exam to determine the best way to completely repair the prolapse. Pelvic prolapse surgery is known as sacrocolpopexy.  Surgical mesh is used to hold the affected pelvic organ(s) in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed after a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse. It provides long-term support of the vagina.


Bard Alyte   Bard A-Lyte Mesh repairs prolapsed bladder, rectum, and vagina.

Prolapse surgery has traditionally been performed as open surgery. A long horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen to access the pelvic organs, but recovery after open surgery is often lengthy.

Prolapse surgery can also be performed minimally invasively – through small incisions – with laparoscopic surgery. Traditional laparoscopy may present challenges due to the long-handled, rigid instruments needed for the procedure. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option that overcomes the limits of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery – da Vinci Surgery.

Watch video of Dr. Nelson performing a sacrocolpopexy for vaginal prolapse.

da Vinci® Surgery

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat pelvic prolapse, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy. Using state-of-the-art technology, da Vinci Surgery requires only a few tiny incisions, so you can get back to your life faster. The da Vinci System enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci’s 3D, high-definition vision system allows surgeons to see key anatomy with immense depth and clarity– critical for complex conditions.


da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy offers several potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal need for blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay

Potential benefits of da Vinci Surgery compared to traditional laparoscopy include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Much shorter operation
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

The da Vinci Surgical System is a state-of-the-art robotic surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System which translates his/her hand movements into more precise movements of miniaturized instruments inside your body.

By helping doctors to overcome the challenges of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for women around the world.

If you have been putting off treatment for pelvic prolapse, please call (720) 494-3130 to discuss your options with Dr. Nelson.