Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for management of pelvic organ prolapse enhances quality of life at one year: a prospective observational study

Thomas Perez, Patrice Crochet, Gérôme Descargues, Philippe Tribondeau, Françoise Soffray, Pierre Gadonneix, A Loundou, K Baumstarck-Barrau
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 2011, 18 (6): 747-54

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessment of 1-year quality of life outcome of patients treated with laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy.

DESIGN: A prospective multicenter observational study (Canadian Task Force classification II-3).

SETTING: Four French medical centers.

PATIENTS: A total of 94 women who underwent laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse between June 2006 and May 2007 were included in the study.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Women attended a research clinic where they completed validated quality of life questionnaires and were examined. Women were assessed before and 1 year after surgery for the degree and impact of vaginal, urinary, and bowel symptoms with validated quality of life questionnaires, evaluation of sexual function with a validated questionnaire, and pelvic organ support was assessed by a Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification score. Mean age of the women was 58.8 years. Anatomic success occurred in 94% of women. Concomitant urinary continence surgery was performed in 39% of cases. All the scores of quality of life and sexuality were significantly improved at 1 year.

CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic floor prolapse is a safe and effective treatment that has a positive impact on every aspect of quality of life (symptoms, social impact, sexual function) in the medium term.

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