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The continuous contraction of the levator ani muscle keeps the hiatus closed and prevents any opening in the pelvic floor through which prolapse may occur effective 160 mg super p-force. As long as the levator ani muscle functions normally generic super p-force 160mg mastercard, the pelvic floor is closed; the ligaments and fascia are under no tension 160mg super p-force visa. When the muscles relax or are damaged, the pelvic floor opens and the pelvic organs lie between the high abdominal pressure and the low atmospheric pressure of the introitus. Then, the organs must be held in place by the ligaments, which can sustain the load for short periods of time but eventually become damaged and fail to hold the vagina in place. This failure is due not only to acute damage of the ligaments and connective tissue but also from inability of these structures to repair themselves. The injury to the connective tissue in the pelvis is due to rupture rather than stretching [25]. The neuromuscular damage of the pelvic floor that occurs during parturition plays a major role in the etiology of prolapse; however, the repetitive loads on the pelvic floor resulting from increases in abdominal pressure also play a significant role in the development of this disorder. This results from continuous heavy lifting, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, chronic constipation, and large fibroids or tumors; direct damage to the muscle that may result from previous pelvic surgery, spinal cord conditions and injury, and thinning of the muscle and fascia that happens with postmenopausal atrophy and attenuation; and finally the collagen status of these patients. This finding supports the hypothesized etiologic role of connective tissue disorders as a factor in the pathogenesis of these conditions [27]. The sacrospinous ligament covered by the coccygeus muscle extends from the ischial spine to the sacrum. The pudendal neurovascular structures pass beneath the sacrospinous ligament at the ischial spine. The inferior gluteal artery passes between the sciatic nerve and the sacrospinous ligament. A study correlating symptoms in women with or without enterocele showed that women with enterocele were likely to be older and postmenopausal, have had hysterectomy or vaginal prolapse surgery, had more advanced apical and posterior vaginal prolapse, but showed no significant difference in bowel function symptoms [31]. Patients may present to a gynecologist, urologist, or colorectal surgeon depending on their major complaint. A detailed history is undertaken, including the chief complaint, urinary and bowl symptoms, obstetrical history, medical history, and current medication. This lends some degree of objectivity to the preliminary 1311 assessment and can be compared with a postintervention questionnaire to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention. By placing the Sims speculum along the posterior vaginal wall and asking the patient to bear down, we look for anterior compartment prolapse, and the opposite is done to examine the posterior vaginal wall. A digital rectal–vaginal examination while the patient is straining is performed to differentiate between a high rectocele and an enterocele. The careful vaginal examination is vital to clearly identify the site specific vaginal wall prolapse. Other variables should be taken into consideration at the time of assessment of the prolapse. Prolapse can change throughout the day, with it being more pronounced at the end of the day, especially after prolonged standing. Position of the patient during examination, straining, and traction on the prolapse and fullness of the bladder are other variables that can influence the assessment [37]. A recent study has demonstrated that prophylactic incontinence surgery using a midurethral sling during vaginal prolapse surgery will result in a lower rate of urinary incontinence at 12 months; however, this benefit should be weighed against higher rates of adverse events [47]. This model has shown that it outperforms preoperative stress testing, prediction by experts, and preoperative reduction cough stress testing [48]. The investigations, which may be required prior to any prolapse repair, are accurate preoperative urodynamic studies, with prolapse reduced to examine the expected outcome after repair, cystourethroscopy, and abdominal–pelvic ultrasound. In addition, transanal studies may be required if there is a history of fecal incontinence. Other tests include defecography, anorectal motility studies, pudendal motor nerve latency studies, and magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvic floor. It does not require additional skill or the cost of laparoscopy; however, it requires a well-trained pelvic surgeon, who is well versed in different techniques and has the ability to repair other pelvic defects simultaneously. In addition, it provides the option to perform the operation under regional or general anesthesia. We will outline the different techniques of restoration of the vaginal apical defect. Sacrospinous Vault Suspension Indications The main indication for sacrospinous ligament suspension is to correct total procidentia, posthysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse with an associated weak cardinal uterosacral ligament 1312 complex, and posthysterectomy enterocele [49,50]. This procedure suspends the vaginal apex to the sacrospinous ligament, either unilaterally or bilaterally, typically using an extraperitoneal approach [51]. Bilateral sacrospinous ligament fixation has been described and recommended in patients with recurrent vault prolapse [52,53] or a desire to maintain a wide vaginal vault [54]. The procedure has also been described as a prophylactic step at the time of vaginal hysterectomy against subsequent vaginal vault prolapse [13,55], as well as in young and elderly patients with marked prolapse, who wish to retain their uterus [56–60]. Contraindications A short vagina, usually attributed to prior repairs is considered to be a contraindication to performing sacrospinous colpopexy; the surgeon needs to ensure that there is an adequate vaginal depth to allow the attachment of the vault to the ligament without any tension. Surgical inexperience is another contraindication, and the procedure should only be performed by experienced reconstructive pelvic surgeons. Surgical Techniques Postmenopausal patients with vaginal atrophy usually benefit from preoperative local hormone treatment to improve the quality of the tissues and help to improve the vascularity of the operative site. Preoperative intravenous prophylactic antibiotics and prophylaxis against venous thromboembolism (with intermittent pneumatic compression devices and/or pharmacological thromboprophylaxis with unfractionated heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin depending on the surgical risk following the guidelines set forth by the American College of Chest Physicians and supported by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) [62,63]. After the patient receives the appropriate anesthesia, having in mind the feasibility of regional anesthesia with the vaginal approach, the surgery is performed with the patient in dorsolithotomy position. An intraoperative assessment allows the surgeon to identify the extent of the prolapse and to confirm that the vault can reach the ligament without tension. In a marked uterovaginal prolapse, a vaginal hysterectomy is performed first in the usual fashion, if a cystocele is present; it will be dealt with next. Some authors have suggested that the addition of polyglactin mesh may provide extra support to the anterior vaginal wall; however, a randomized trial by Weber et al. When an enterocele is identified, usually noted as a distinct loss of the rectovaginal fascia with a sudden protrusion of the enterocele sac, it’s demarcated by the pubocervical fascia anteriorly and the rectovaginal septum posteriorly. The sac is dissected free, opened, and a high ligation is performed with a 2-0 delayed absorbable purse-string suture [67]. The sacrospinous ligament suspension is usually performed via the posterior approach and is started with a longitudinal incision in the posterior vaginal wall, after infiltration with a dilute solution of epinephrine (1:200,000). The epithelium is dissected laterally on both sides, penetrating the right rectal pillar into the pararectal space near the ischial spine (Figure 85. The right ischial spine is palpated and using a combination of sharp and blunt dissection, a window is created between the ligament and the rectovaginal space (Figure 85. It is important to split the fascia in front of the ligament that is palpated as a cord-like structure or visualized, to ensure that the suture placement will involve the body of the ligament (Figure 85. The rectum is mobilized medially with the fingers and with a Heaney or Breisky vaginal retractor protecting the rectum medially. Care must be taken not to penetrate the full thickness of the ligament to avoid injury to the inferior gluteal vessels and nerve. The two sutures are paired, loaded separately onto a Mayo needle, and passed through the angles of the vaginal epithelium at the level of the vault, 1–2 cm apart, and held for later tying [68].

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In addition, patients with a variety of medical disorders may be placed at greater risk of adverse health consequences unless preexisting conditions are stabilized prior to departure [1]. The purpose of this chapter is to describe conditions that may place the patient at additional risk during fight and outline steps to mitigate these risks. Passengers must be able to walk relatively long distances, carry luggage, sit upright, and navigate the aircraft cabin while board- ing, fying, and disembarking. Many passengers sit in small cramped spaces, which not only are uncomfortable but may also limit the ability to ambulate at regular intervals. Most commercial aircraft cabins are pressurized to the equivalent of 6,000–8,000 ft above sea level during fight. At sea level, atmospheric pressure is approxi- mately 760 mmHg with the partial pressure of oxygen being 160 mmHg. At 5,000 ft, atmospheric pressure is 630 mmHg with the partial pressure of oxygen being 130 mmHg. At 8,000 ft, atmospheric pressure is 560 mmHg with the partial pressure of oxygen being 120 mmHg [1]. In a person with normal respiratory physiology, at 5,000 ft the PaO2 is approximately 75 mmHg, which corresponds to SaO2 of 95%. In normal healthy passengers, the 30% reduction in alveolar pO2 goes unnoticed; how- ever, in patients with diminished pulmonary reserve, this reduction can have signif- cant clinical effects especially in patients who have a low alveolar pO2 at baseline. Patients who reside on the steep portion of the saturation curve can experience signif- cant reductions in oxygen saturation with small changes in inspired oxygen. Most commercial jet aircraft recirculate approximately 10–50% of the air from the cabin by mixing it with outside air continuously. Air from the outside is passed through a purif- cation system to remove particulate contamination and odor-causing compounds. The introduction of outside air at altitude makes the aircraft cabin very dry with an average of 10–20% humidity, which may cause patients to experience dryness of the eyes, mouth and throat, or airway [2]. Consideration of the ambient cabin pressure, duration of the fight, and destina- tion, along with an assessment of the functional severity and reversibility of respira- tory problems, should factor into medical decision making regarding suitability for fight. Patients who require supplemental oxygen at sea level will require increased supplementation during fight. Patients who easily desaturate with activity or who run lower than normal oxygen saturations at sea level will also require supplemental oxygen during fight. However, the availability and cost of supplemental oxygen vary depending on the airline; even those airlines offering oxygen will usually only offer it during fight. In addition, oxygen carried on the plane is primarily intended for use through emergency drop-down masks that are released only in the event of an in-fight emergency, such as decompression of the cabin. Travelers who require oxygen continuously from point of origin to destination are best advised to make individual arrangements for continuous supplemental oxy- gen using portable oxygen concentrators. Because 14 Prefight Therapies to Minimize Medical Risk Associated with Commercial Air Travel 143 in-seat electrical power is unavailable on the majority of aircraft, and even if avail- able is not guaranteed, passengers must travel with a supply of batteries that will have ample power for the full duration of the fight and all ground connections, in addition to unanticipated delays [3]. Passengers and their medical provider should consult with the air carrier in advance to determine whether a medical certifcate is required and whether details on the use of oxygen need to be specifed in advance. Strict instructions on the use of oxygen should include whether to be used for all or a portion of the fight, spe- cifc instructions on the maximum oxygen fow rate in liters per minute, a statement on the expected total operating time of the concentrator, and instructions to ensure that there is an adequate battery supply [3]. Patients with a stable ground-level PaO2 of greater than 70 mmHg, or a stable oxygen saturation of greater than 94%, should not require in-fight medical oxygen therapy. A practical ftness-to-fy test is to see if a patient can walk 50 yards at a normal pace or climb one fight of stairs without becoming severely short of breath. This test is performed by having the patient breathe an 85% nitrogen and 15% oxygen mixture, which is intended to simulate the aircraft cabin environment at altitude. Indicators of the need for in-fight supplemental oxy- gen include: PaO2 reduction to less than 55 mmHg and/or oxygen saturation reduc- tion to less than 85% [4]. Their ability to hyperventilate to compensate for hypoxemia is very limited, and clinicians should have a low threshold for recom- mending supplemental oxygen in these chronically-compromised patients. Patients with active or contagious tuberculosis are unsuitable for commercial air travel until there is documented improvement with treatment to control the infec- tion. For the safety of other passengers, patients with viral infection such as infu- enza should postpone air travel until clinically improved. Patients with bacterial pneumonia may travel when clinically stable, although they should be assessed for the advisability of supplemental oxygen during fight. Patients with a pneumothorax cannot travel by air due to the risk of the pneumothorax expanding during fight and possibly progressing to a tension pneumothorax. Patients who have had a pneumo- thorax successfully drained can travel once a normal chest radiograph has been obtained; the specifc waiting period for nonurgent commercial air travel is not known. Some stable patients with a pneumothorax may safely travel with a thora- cotomy catheter and a one-way Heimlich valve assembly [5]. Patients who have had uncomplicated thoracic surgery, or had drainage of the pleural effusion, should wait 1–2 weeks before traveling and be assessed for the re-accumulation of fuid and/or the presence of a pneumothorax prior to departure. Patients with interstitial lung disease, malignancy, cystic fbrosis, neuromuscular disease, and pulmonary hyper- tension should be assessed for the need for in-fight medical oxygen. However, the following are frequently suggested by experts and guideline committees for passengers during extended travel of 6 h or greater: fre- quent ambulation, every 1–2 h, frequent fexion and extension of the ankles and knees, and avoidance of agents that may promote immobility or dehydration, such as drugs and alcohol. Based on limited data, it would be reasonable to recommend that low- risk patients be advised to maintain hydration and avoid immobility, and that moderate-risk patients add compression stockings to the low-risk recommenda- tions.

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