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Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Jun;29(6):795-801. doi: 10.1007/s00192-017-3476-3. Epub 2017 Sep 15.

The UK National Prolapse Survey: 10 years on.

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Urogynaecology Department, Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, S10 2SF, UK.
Urogynaecology Unit, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, University College London Hospitals, London, WC1E 6DH, UK.
Department of Urogynaecology, Worcester Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, WR 5 1DD, UK.



To assess trends in the surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) amongst UK practitioners and changes in practice since a previous similar survey.


An online questionnaire survey (Typeform Pro) was emailed to British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) members. They included urogynaecologists working in tertiary centres, gynaecologists with a designated special interest in urogynaecology and general gynaecologists. The questionnaire included case scenarios encompassing contentious issues in the surgical management of POP and was a revised version of the questionnaire used in the previous surveys. The revised questionnaire included additional questions relating to the use of vaginal mesh and laparoscopic urogynaecology procedures.


Of 516 BSUG members emailed, 212 provided completed responses.. For anterior vaginal wall prolapse the procedure of choice was anterior colporrhaphy (92% of respondents). For uterovaginal prolapse the procedure of choice was still vaginal hysterectomy and repair (75%). For posterior vaginal wall prolapse the procedure of choice was posterior colporrhaphy with midline fascial plication (97%). For vault prolapse the procedure of choice was sacrocolpopexy (54%) followed by vaginal wall repair and sacrospinous fixation (41%). The laparoscopic route was preferred for sacrocolpopexy (62% versus 38% for the open procedure). For primary prolapse, vaginal mesh was used by only 1% of respondents in the anterior compartment and by 3% in the posterior compartment.


Basic trends in the use of native tissue prolapse surgery remain unchanged. There has been a significant decrease in the use of vaginal mesh for both primary and recurrent prolapse, with increasing use of laparoscopic procedures for prolapse.


Cystocele; Laparoscopic urogynaecology; Pelvic organ prolapse; Rectocele; Vaginal mesh; Vault prolapse

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