Sacrocolpopexy Specialist

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG

Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD performs Robotic-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexies for patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas. These procedures can help patients that suffer from Pelvic Organ ProlapseBy performing this procedure  minimally invasive, it provides the benefit of quicker recovery, fewer complications and risks compared to patients who have a traditional sacrocolpopexy. 

Sacrocolpopexy Q & A

  • What is a Sacrocolpopexy?

    A Sacrocolpopexy, also known as sacrocolpoperineopexy, sacrocervicopexy, sacrohysteropexy, is a surgery where the vagina is attached to a ligament of the sacrum using mesh material. Dr. Stone specializes in using a laparoscopic minimally invasive approach for this surgery by doing it through small incisions in the abdomen. A robot (da Vinci) is often used to assist Dr. Stone with this surgery. A Sacrocolpopexy is one of the most durable and successful approaches to fix prolapse and restore normal anatomy.

    If you still have a uterus Dr. Stone will discuss with you regarding different options including a supracervical hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, leaving the cervix), total hysterectomy (removal of cervix and uterus) or hysteropexy (leaving the uterus in place).

    During a sacrocolpopexy, Dr. Stone will dissect the bladder off the front portion of the vagina, as well as dissect the rectum off of the back portion of the vagina. He will then place a y-shaped mesh to both the front and back walls of the vagina and attach the other side of the mesh to a ligament on the sacrum.

  • What is a Da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy?

    Da Vinci is a surgical robotic system that is used to assist in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Stone uses this system most of the time when he performs sacrocolpopexies.

  • What condition does a sacrocolpopexy treat?

    Sacrocolpexy is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, especially if it involves the top of the vagina with uterine or vaginal vault prolapse. Symptoms of prolapse often include bulge, pressure and a sensation of something coming out.

  • Does a sacrocolpopexy use mesh?

    Yes, this surgery involves the use of permanent mesh. It is made out of polypropylene. Mesh related complications are around 1%. Dr. Stone will discuss this with you before any decision is made. Although the material is the same, the complication rate of mesh placed laparoscopically is significantly lower than the rate of complications of vaginally placed mesh for prolapse.

  • What is the recovery like?

    Dr. Stone recommends 6 weeks of no heavy lifting (no more than 15 lbs) and 6 weeks of pelvic rest after these procedures.

  • What are the risks of Sacrocolpopexy?

    Risks include the following

    • Pain, swelling, numbness near incision sites
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Damage to nearby organs such as bowel, bladder, and rectum
    • Blood clots and problems related to anesthesia
    • Mesh exposure (~1%)

  • What are the alternatives to this repair?

    There are several alternatives that Dr. Stone will discuss with you. Conservative alternatives will include "watching and waiting", pessary placement, and pelvic floor physical therapy. The primary surgical alternative is a vaginal vault suspension, which can be a laparoscopic or a vaginal procedure. These procedures tend to have a higher failure rate but since they involve using someone’s own tissue, there are no mesh complications. Dr. Stone will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and individualize his recommendation based on your values, expectations and specific condition.

  • Are there any other surgeries that are commonly performed with Sacrocolpopexy?

    Yes, rarely is this surgery performed in isolation. Dr. Stone will discuss with you any other surgeries that would be performed at the same time. Other commonly performed surgeries include:

Testimonials

Debra
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"He actually took the time and listened to me. After the exam he told me that he wanted to try another pessary before committing to surgery. He fit one in and it worked! I haven't felt this good in years. I'm so so grateful to him!"
Madeline
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"He is one of the most caring docs I've ever been to. I've been struggling with this problem for years and have been to 3 docs before I saw him."
Sandy
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"Dr. Stone is a really good doctor. After I had the urethra sling surgery Dr Stone called me at home to see how I was doing. The office staff is good. Dr Stone's nurse Iris is really good she returns calls. I will refer my family and friends to this office."
Debra
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"Dr. Stone has been wonderful. I was very hesitant at first to see a man but he put me completely at ease. I was able to speak to him about my problem with leakage. He discussed several options and gave me choices which I loved. Eventually I decided on surgery. The surgery went well and I finally have my life back again."
Tina
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"I highly recommend him. I will be referring all my loved ones if ever they develop problems."
Betsy
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"He put us at ease about the surgery by really explaining the procedure in detail to me, my husband and my daughter. He made me feel like I was his only patient."
Joyce
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"Awesome!! Would give him 10 stars!!!!! Dr. Stone took the time to fully explain medical procedures. He patiently answered all my questions."
Alice
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"His bed-side manner put me at ease discussing a very embarrassing topic. I'd recommend him to anyone."
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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone today

One of our staff members will contact you directly. If you have any concerns requiring immediate attention, please don’t hesitate to call us at 602-788-1521.

Dr. Stone is also offering Telemedicine visits. Call to schedule today.

Office location

Valley Urogynecology Associates

1616 East Maryland Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM

Main: (602) 788-1521

Fax: (602) 688-5420

Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.