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J Reprod Med. 1996 May;41(5):299-303.

Sacrospinous colpopexy in the management of uterovaginal prolapse.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, USA.



To investigate the morbidity and results of vaginal hysterectomy with concomitant sacrospinous colpopexy for uterovaginal prolapse.


An observational study was carried out from June 17, 1986, to September 22, 1992. Patients were selected if it was thought that the cardinal-uterosacral ligaments could not be relied upon for vaginal vault support.


During the study period, 265 vaginal hysterectomies were performed. Forty-five (17%) were with concomitant sacrospinous colpopexy. The mean patient age was 54 years. There was one incidental cystotomy during hysterectomy, and two patients required transfusion. Postoperatively, eight patients were treated for soft tissue infection, one developed new-onset urinary incontinence, and no apparent nerve injuries were diagnosed. The mean day of discharge was 4.4. Six patients were lost to follow-up after the early postoperative period. The mean follow-up for the remaining patients was 29 months (12-66). One patient required subsequent vaginal repair for recurrent cystocele and enterocele. Four patients had persistent stress urinary incontinence.


Sacrospinous colpopexy at the time of vaginal hysterectomy is reasonably safe and effective for reestablishing upper vaginal support.

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