Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women, particularly those post-menopause. Although it is more frequently seen in women who have had children and/or hysterectomies, it can occur at almost any age, and in women who have not given birth or had gynaecological surgery.
The term prolapse means “slipping from the normal position”. When discussing a woman’s pelvic organs, it usually refers to the sagging or dropping of the bladder, the rectum, uterus, or a combination of these organs into the vaginal vault. A prolapse can occur gradually over many years or it can happen quickly and suddenly.
Fortunately, there are a number of surgical and non-surgical options available to treat prolapse. The choice of treatment depends on several factors, including the type of prolapse, the severity of the symptoms, age, and of course personal preference.
Before you decide on a treatment option, all the risks, benefits, and success rates of the treatment should be considered and discussed with the patient. Pelvic reconstruction surgery can be performed through the vagina or abdominally. The vaginal defect is repaired, usually using a piece of synthetic or biologic material.
Coloplast offers a variety of synthetic and biologic products for surgical options.