Treatment of vaginal vault prolapse in The Netherlands: a clinical practice survey

Int Urogynecol J. 2019 Apr;30(4):581-587. doi: 10.1007/s00192-018-3832-y. Epub 2018 Dec 4.


Introduction and hypothesis: A great variety of conservative and surgical procedures to correct vaginal vault prolapse have been reported. The aim of this study was to describe practice pattern variation-the difference in care that cannot be explained by the underlying medical condition-among Dutch gynecologists regarding treatment of vaginal vault prolapse.

Methods: A clinical practice survey was conducted from March to April 2017. The questionnaire was developed to evaluate treatment of vaginal vault prolapse. All members of the Dutch Society for Urogynaecology were invited to participate in a web-based survey.

Results: One hundred four Dutch gynecologists with special interest in urogynecology responded to the survey (response rate, 44%). As first-choice therapy for vaginal vault prolapse, 78% of the respondents chose pessary treatment, whereas sacrospinous fixation was the second most common therapy choice according to 64% of the respondents. Preferences on how to approach vaginal vault prolapse surgically are conflicting. Overall, the most performed surgery for vaginal vault prolapse is sacrospinous fixation, followed by laparoscopic and robotic sacrocolpopexy.

Conclusions: Gynecologists in The Netherlands manage vaginal vault prolapse very differently. No standardized method could be determined for the treatment of vaginal vault prolapse in The Netherlands, and we observed practice pattern variations.

Keywords: Pessary; Sacrocolpopexy; Sacrospinous fixation; Trans vaginal mesh; Treatment; Vaginal vault prolapse.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Pessaries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Uterine Prolapse / therapy*