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Novel hybrid laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse with a severe paravaginal defect


Dr Masao Ichikawa, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8603, Japan. Email:


Abdominal sacrocolpopexy is the gold standard for treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP) because of safety and durable good results. More recently laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LSC), a less invasive approach, has become popular. Although these surgeries are versatile and can treat almost all patients with POP, these techniques have shortcomings. Specifically, reinforcement of lateral vaginal defects are not very strong, thus patients with POP and a severe paravaginal defect are not good candidates for abdominal or laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. To overcome this problem, we developed a novel type of LSC, which can reinforce severe paravaginal defects by using a reversed T-shaped anterior mesh combining the advantage of transvaginal mesh surgery. We refer to this novel surgery as ‘hybrid LSC’. Thus far, eight patients have successfully undergone this surgery. Hybrid LSC is a simple and secure method, and is an alternative treatment for POP with a severe paravaginal defect.