The Uplift Procedure for Treatment of Retroverted Uterus and Uterine Prolapse

August 17, 2006
Insu Kong, MD

Charles Butrick, MD

Insu Kong, MD

Charles Butrick, MD

From American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania - May, 1999

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Dr. Charles Butrick: "Hello, my name is Chip Butrick, and we're here speaking with Dr. Insu Kong. Today we're going to talk about a new technique that Insu has been using for problems that are retroverted uterus and uterine prolapse. Can you tell us a little bit about the symptoms that patients would have, Insu, if they have problems with that kind of concern?"

Dr. Insu Kong: "Yes, the people with the retroverted uterus usually complain of dysmenorrhea - a painful period and dyspareunia - which is painful sexual intercourse."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "Now what can be done for those kind of problems?"

Dr. Insu Kong: "In the past, many gynecologists have used open surgery to lift the uterus. Now there's a new procedure called the 'uplift.' We can do this with a laparoscope, which is very small, normally in a two-millimeter incision on the skin, and we can do this procedure very quickly without having to open the abdominal wall."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "How is this procedure done - is this all, again, through the laparoscope as an outpatient?"

Dr. Insu Kong: "Yes, through the laparoscope and as an outpatient, and it could be done in conjunction with other procedures because the procedure only takes about ten minutes to complete."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "And yet after this brief procedure, the success rate for pain with intercourse and menstrual cramps would be…?"

Dr. Insu Kong: "Significantly reduced. I have seen many patients who had pain with intercourse completely gone with this simple procedure."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "Have you seen any complications? Is this a risky procedure to undergo?"

Dr. Insu Kong: "No, it's very non-risky because the needle size is only about one or two millimeters - so there is no injury that could occur."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "Fantastic - so then for patients with problems of pain with intercourse or dysmenorrhea and where the doctor feels that the uterus is tilted backwards, this is a new technique that sounds very successful."

Dr. Insu Kong: "Yes, very much so."

Dr. Charles Butrick: "Fantastic. I wish you luck, Dr. Kong."

Dr. Insu Kong: "Thank you."