Transvaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Hysterectomy and Apical Suspension of the Vaginal Cuff to the Uterosacral Ligament.J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2019 Sep-Oct; 26(6):1015.JM
Transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (vNOTES) offers similar advantages of traditional vaginal surgery including no incisional pain as well as a better cosmetic outcome. Furthermore, vNOTES allows the surgeon to overcome the limited surgical space and lack of exposure when using the traditional vaginal instrumentation. Vaginal uterosacral ligament suspension subsequent to vaginal hysterectomy has the advantages of a mesh-free, minimally invasive approach for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. The objective of this video is to demonstrate a surgical technique and a few tips and tricks for vNOTES hysterectomy and uterosacral ligament suspension.
Stepwise demonstration of the vNOTES technique for hysterectomy and vaginal apical suspension to the uterosacral ligament with narrated video footage.
An academic tertiary referral center. The ethics committee ruled that approval was not required for this study.
A 53-year-old woman.
vNOTES hysterectomy and apical suspension to the uterosacral ligament.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS
A 53-year-old woman (gravida 5, para 4) presented with Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification System stage III symptomatic uterine prolapse. The patient was selected to be operated on via a vaginal port. The video presents some tips and tricks to aid the surgeon to perform this surgery in a safe and timely manner using the vaginal GelPOINT system (Applied Medical, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA).
vNOTES for repair of POP by uterosacral ligament suspension via a vaginal port is a feasible technique with promising cosmetic results. This technique allows the surgeon to expose the ureter well and lower the risk of ureteric injury. Additionally, this approach avoids mesh complications and should also decrease the risk of abdominal wound infection because of the absence of incisions on the abdomen.