A cost-effective model for training in Robot-Assisted Sacrocolpopexy

Yair Daykan*, Rui Farinha, Steven E. Schraffordt, Alexander Mottrie, Barry A. O’Reilly

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Background: The number of robotically assisted sacrocolpopexy procedures are increasing; therefore, experienced clinicians are needed. Simulation-based cadaver models are challenging in aspects of cost and availability. Therefore, we need to look at alternative and more cost-effective models. Objective: The objective of this video was to design a new surgical model for the training of robotic-assisted sacrocolpopexy, which is affordable and accessible. Methods: We used a whole chicken model to simulate the female pelvic floor. We used Medtronic's Hugo™ RAS system as the robotic console in that procedure. A vaginal cuff was prepared from the proventriculus (stomach), and a Y shaped mesh was secured to the ischium to simulate the sacrocolpopexy procedure. Conclusion: This model is easily constructed and in our view is cost-effective. We have demonstrated a new valuable education tool that can serve as a practical simulation model to teach the sacrocolpopexy procedure and to improve trainees' skills. A larger cohort study size is essential to demonstrate the learning curve among young trainees using this simulation model.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Hysteropexy
  • Pelvic floor repair
  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Sacrocolpopexy


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