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Vaginal hysterectomy with bilateral sacrospinous fixation plus an anterior mesh versus abdominal sacrocervicopexy for the treatment of primary apical prolapse in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled study


Introduction and hypothesis

We compared vaginal hysterectomy with bilateral sacrospinous fixation plus an anterior polyvinylidene fluoride mesh versus abdominal sacrocolpopexy for the treatment of primary apical prolapse in postmenopausal women.


A prospective, randomized, single-blind, parallel study [Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clinicos (REBEC) trial register code RBR-7t6rg2] was performed from October 2015 to May 2016. A total of 71 postmenopausal women with advanced pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and undergoing surgery were randomized to the abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC) (n = 36) or the vaginal sacrospinous fixation with anterior mesh (VSF-AM) (n = 35) groups. Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) system classification was performed for objective assessment, and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire–Vaginal Symptoms (ICIQ-VS), International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF), and International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Overactive Bladder (ICIQ-OAB) questionnaires were filled out for subjective evaluation by women before and 1 year after surgery. All procedures were performed by a single surgeon.


Both groups had improvement in almost POP-Q points (except for vaginal length in the VSF-AM group) and all ICIQ scores. The ASC group had a longer operative time (129 versus 117 min, p = 0.0038) and duration for return to activities (103 versus 57 days, p < .05). Four women (11%) in the VSF-AM group were reoperated versus none from the ASC group (p = .05).


Although the study did not achieve the planned recruitment, after 12 months of follow-up, ASC did not differ from VSF-AM in objective and subjective scores (ICIQ questionnaires; POP-Q measurements). Recovery time was longer after open abdominal surgery.

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de Castro, E.B., Brito, L.G.O. & Juliato, C.R.T. Vaginal hysterectomy with bilateral sacrospinous fixation plus an anterior mesh versus abdominal sacrocervicopexy for the treatment of primary apical prolapse in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled study. Int Urogynecol J 31, 365–372 (2020).

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  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Polyvinylidene
  • Vaginal sacrospinous fixation
  • Sacrocervicopexy
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Synthetic mesh