What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become too weak to hold the pelvic organs – the bladder, uterus, vaginal wall or rectum - in place.
Can pelvic organ prolapse be successfully treated?
Yes. While pelvic organ prolapse can get worse over time and will not go away on its own, it can be treated.
What causes pelvic organ prolapse?
Pregnancy and childbirth are the most common causes of pelvic organ prolapse. However, menopause, previous vaginal surgery, chronic coughing or straining, heavy lifting, obesity, family history and loss of muscle tone as a result of aging can also contribute.
What are the treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse?
There are both non-surgical and surgical treatment options. The non-surgical options may include lifestyle changes, Kegels, vaginal pessaries or medicine. Surgical treatments are minimally invasive and restore your body to its natural state by inserting either a biological or synthetic graft. Your doctor can discuss these and other treatment options with you.
What is prolapse surgery?
Prolapse surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a mesh (biological or synthetic) to correct the prolapse by placing mesh material over the bulge and suturing it into place. This restores the natural pelvic floor support.
How long does it take to recover from prolapse surgery?
Every patient’s recovery time is different. During your recovery, it is important to avoid heavy lifting and sexual intercourse. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more specific details about your individual recovery process.
What are the risks associated with prolapse surgery?
While every surgical procedure carries some risk, serious complications from prolapse surgery are infrequent. Ask your doctor for more information about potential risks and complications, as well as your specific surgery and situation.