Women who have pelvic prolapse problems that can cause pain and incontinence, have two different surgical options that produce equal clinical outcomes and are equally safe.
Until now surgeons have offered both surgeries (sacrospinous ligament fixation and uterosacral ligament suspension) without knowing if one or the other was more effective. Now choosing one of the two surgeries will allow specialists in this area to tailor the individual operation to a patient’s specific needs using either of the surgeries.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a weakening of the pelvic organs often seen in older women particularly those who’ve given birth several times or have a hereditary predisposition. About 300,000 women undergo pelvic organ prolapse surgery every year in the United States.
Additional information that came out of the study was that Kegel-type pelvic muscle exercises seem to offer no extra benefits as an addition to surgery.
The study, published in the March 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that with two year followup, both procedures had about a 60 percent surgical success rate.