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Recurrent POP Rates 6 Years After Surgery

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2016 Sep 16; Unger, et al

Six years after surgery for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), estimated recurrence rates may be as high as 40% to 60% for uterosacral ligament colpopexy, laparoscopic, and robotic sacral colpopexy, a recent study found. The retrospective study included 1,381 women who underwent surgery between 2006 and 2012: 983 (71.1%) uterosacral, 256 (18.5%) laparoscopic, and 142 (11.2%) robotic colpopexies. Researchers found:

• Median months to failure using composite recurrence were: uterosacral, 17.1; laparoscopic, 10.1; and robotic, 9.7.

• By year 6, the estimated composite recurrence rates for the uterosacral colpopexy, robotic, and laproscopic sacral colpopexy groups were 43%, 49%, and 57%, respectively.


Unger CA, Barber MD, Walters MD, et al. Long-term effectiveness of uterosacral colpopexy and minimally invasive sacral colpopexy for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. [Published online ahead of print September 16, 2016]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstruct Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000313.