NICE has been notified about this procedure and it is part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status In progress
Process IP
ID number 1731
Description Bilateral cervicosacropexy (CESA) or vaginosacropexy (VASA) for pelvic organ prolapse are abdominal mesh procedures. They are done through an open or laparoscopic approach. If the uterus is still in place, the first step of the procedure is a hysterectomy. A polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) mesh ligament-replacement structure is then placed within the peritoneal fold of both the left and right uterosacral ligaments. Anterior fixation of each PVDF structure is done by centrally suturing it to the cervix or vaginal vault with 3 or 4 interrupted, nonabsorbable polyester sutures. For posterior fixation, the PVDF structures are fixed to the left and right prevertebral fascia of the sacral vertebra at the level of S1 and S2, using a fixation device or sutures. The peritoneum above the cervix or vaginal vault is then closed to cover the PVDF structure. The aim is to support the pelvic organs in their correct position, and to improve symptoms associated with the prolapse.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 04 March 2020


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
24 October 2019 - 21 November 2019 Interventional procedure consultation

For further information on how we develop guidance, please see our page about NICE interventional procedures guidance