Changes in physical activity after abdominal sacrocolpopexy for advanced pelvic organ prolapse

Ingrid Nygaard, Victoria L. Handa, Linda Brubaker, Diane Borello-France, John Wei, Ellen Wells, Patricia Goode

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Objective: The objective of the study was to describe changes in physical activity 1 year after sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse. Study Design: This was a prospective cohort of 301 randomized trial participants. Results: Compared with baseline, 1 year after surgery, 36% increased, 18% decreased, and 47% did not change preoperative exercise intensity level. In contrast, women were more likely to reduce (24%) than increase (11%) the frequency of major effort activities, like heavy lifting. Of 99 women who reported preoperatively that prolapse interfered substantially with doing exercise or recreation, house/yard work, or work outside the home, 83 (84%) reported no substantial interference 1 year later. After surgery, women reporting substantial interference from prolapse or treatment had similar rates of interval treatment for stress incontinence or prolapse as women not reporting substantial interference. Conclusion: After sacrocolpopexy, one third of women increased exercise intensity, few increased major effort activities, and most reported that prolapse no longer interfered with activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570.e1-570.e5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008


  • exercise
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • physical activity
  • sacrocolpopexy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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