Laparoscopic complete sacrocolpopexy mesh removal for right-sided gluteal pain and recurrent mesh erosion

  • Aditi Siddharth
  • Rufus Cartwright
  • Simon Jackson
  • Natalia PriceEmail author
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Aim of video

The aim was to demonstrate laparoscopic complete excision of sacrocolpopexy mesh from a 65-year-old woman who had presented with delayed onset of persistent right-sided gluteal pain.


The patient was referred to our unit, having undergone a laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for vault prolapse 7 years earlier, with a type 1 polypropylene mesh. Four years after the primary surgery, she first noticed symptoms of spontaneous vaginal pain together with deep dyspareunia, and right-sided gluteal pain. Clinical examination revealed mesh erosion at the vaginal vault. This was managed at her local hospital, with excision of the small exposed portion of the mesh and over sewing, from a vaginal approach. She continued to be symptomatic following this procedure. When her symptoms still failed to improve 3 years later, a tertiary referral was made to our unit. At laparoscopy, minimal adhesions between the bowel and the mesh were noted and divided. After carefully dissecting the right ureter and reflecting the bladder, the entire sacrocolpopexy mesh was removed with its ProTack fasteners. The entire specimen was retrieved in one piece through the open vault and the vagina was sutured with 2.0 <monocryl laparoscopically. Surgical steps begin with laparoscopic survey of the anatomy. Adhesions need to be released carefully, after developing proper surgical planes. On follow-up in clinic 12 weeks later, there was complete resolution of her symptoms, with minimal vault descent.


This video demonstrates the steps needed to undertake complete laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy mesh excision, which should be feasible for skilled laparoscopists. This approach has advantages over the open approach, with good access and visualisation of the entire course of the mesh, and more rapid recovery for the patient.


Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy Mesh erosion Chronic pelvic pain Mesh excision Mesh complications 


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Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this video article and any accompanying images.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Radcliffe HospitalOxfordUK

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