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Minerva Chirurgica 2014 August;69(4):239-44

language: English

Long-term surgical outcomes of vaginal sacrospinous ligament fixation in women with pelvic organ prolapse

Aksakal O., Doğanay M., Onur Topçu H., Kokanali K., Erkilinç S., Cavkaytar S.

Zekai Tahir Burak Women’s Health Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


AIM: Few studies have demonstrated the effects of the sacrospinous ligament fixation (SLF) in the long-term period. Aim of the study was to evaluate the short- and long-term outcomes of SLF.
METHODS: This was a longitudinal cohort study. Fifty-one patients who had undergone SLF were evaluated postoperatively at 1 and 7 years. The characteristics of patients, intra- and postoperative complications, length of hospital stay period, short and long-term outcomes of the surgeries were recorded. Objective success was evaluated by vaginal and POP-Q examination at 1 and 7 years postoperatively.
RESULTS: Out of 51 patients, 46 (90.19%) patients underwent vaginal hysterectomy, 36 (70.58%) patients anterior colporrhaphy, 31 (60.78%) patients posterior colporrhaphy and 11 (21.56%) patients transobturator tape concomitantly with SLF. The differences of Aa, Ba, Ap, Bp and total vaginal length (TVL) scores between preoperative, postoperative at 1 and 7 years were statistically significant (P<0.001). Cystocele rate, at 1 year and at 7 years, were 8 out of 51 (15.68%) and 9 out of 35 (25.71%), respectively. The objective cure rate for the apical vaginal vault prolapse at 1 year and at 7 years were 96% (49/51) and 94.28% (33 /35), respectively.
CONCLUSION: SLF is an appropriate and safe treatment procedure in patients with vaginal vault prolapse in the seven years of follow-up period.

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