Transvaginal Bilateral Sacrospinous Fixation after Second Recurrence of Vaginal Vault Prolapse: Efficacy and Impact on Quality of Life and Sexuality

Biomed Res Int. 2018 Feb 28:2018:5727165. doi: 10.1155/2018/5727165. eCollection 2018.


Objective: Our aim was to study the efficacy of transvaginal bilateral sacrospinous fixation (TBSF) and its impact on quality of life (QoL) and sexual functions in women affected by second recurrences of vaginal vault prolapse (VVP).

Materials and methods: We performed a prospective observational study on 20 sexually active patients affected by second recurrence of VVP, previously treated with monolateral sacrospinous fixation. TBSF was performed in all the patients. They had been evaluated before the surgery and at 12-month follow-up through pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q) system, Short Form-36 (SF-36), and Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12).

Results: At 12-month follow-up, 18 out of 20 (90%) patients were cured of their recurrent VVP. No major intra- and postoperative complications occurred. We found a significant improvement in 4/5 POP-Q landmarks (excluding total vaginal length), SF-36, and PISQ-12 scores.

Conclusion: According to our data analysis, TBSF appears to be safe, effective, and able to improve both QoL and sexual functions in patients affected by second recurrence of VVP after previous monolateral sacrospinous fixation.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life
  • Recurrence
  • Sexual Behavior / physiology
  • Sexuality / physiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Incontinence / surgery
  • Uterine Prolapse / surgery
  • Vagina / surgery*