Gynaecologists’ views on the management of Vaginal Vault Prolapse: A qualitative study

  • Omaema Al-Baghdadi
  • Christian Barnick
  • Garima Srivastava
  • Hassan Elbiss Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE
Keywords: Vault prolapse, Qualitative research, Sacrocolpopexy, Laparoscopy


Objective: This study examined gynaecologists’ experience and views on the management of vaginal vault prolapse (VVP) using laproscopic sarcocolpopexy (LSCP) versus open sarcocolpopexy (OSCP).

Methods: In a qualitative study conducted at the University of Surrey and Homerton University Hospital, UK, from 2016 to 2017, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 consultants experienced in minimal access surgery or urogynecology. Interviews were recorded and transcripts were analyzed using the qualitative description (QD) approach.

Results: Eight broad themes emerged: VVP management, LSCP for management of VVP, OSCP and vaginal surgery with or without mesh use in VVP management, laparoscopic training and support as well as surgeons’ attitude towards LSCP. All participants acknowledged the importance of LSCP in the management of post-hysterectomy VVP as benefits outweighed risks in their view. OSCP was considered suitable in very specific circumstances. Vaginal surgery could be an excellent alternative to OSCP bearing in mind long-term efficacy and sexual activity in young women. Most participants agreed with national recommendations to avoid use of mesh in vaginal surgery for VVP and expressed the view that it should be done in specialised centres by trained surgeons who do such operations.

Conclusions: This study showed that the acceptability of LSCP was dependent on participants’ experience and consideration of the balance between patient’s goals and potential risks. It provides useful guidance for future large-scale projects.


How to cite this:
Al-Baghdadi O, Barnick C, Srivastava G, Elbiss HM. Gynaecologists’ views on the management of Vaginal Vault Prolapse: A qualitative study. Pak J Med Sci. 2022;38(3):583-588. doi:

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How to Cite
Al-Baghdadi, O., Barnick, C., Srivastava, G., & Elbiss, H. (2022). Gynaecologists’ views on the management of Vaginal Vault Prolapse: A qualitative study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 38(3).