August 2016 - NICE is updating this guidance (see the in development page for information). The NHS should continue to follow the recommendations in this guidance until the update is complete.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on sacrocolpopexy using mesh for vaginal vault prolapse repair.

It replaces the previous guidance on mesh sacrocolpopexy for vaginal vault prolapse (NICE interventional procedures guidance 215, March 2007).

NICE was notified of various procedures for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. NICE asked the Review Body for Interventional Procedures to undertake a systematic review of these procedures.The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) considered the systematic review and have also produced guidance on: sacrocolpopexy using mesh for uterine prolapse repair, infracoccygeal sacropexy using mesh for vaginal vault prolapse repair, infracoccygeal sacropexy using mesh for uterine prolapse repair and insertion of uterine suspension sling (including sacrohysteropexy) using mesh for uterine prolapse repair.

Description

Vaginal vault prolapse occurs when organs above or around the vagina slip down from their normal position. Sacrocolpopexy is an operation that aims to provide support for the pelvic organs in their natural position. This is achieved by attaching a piece of material (mesh), usually from the top and back of the vagina, to a ligament of the lower back bone.

Coding recommendations

P24.2 Sacrocolpopexy

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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