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Pelvic / Female Prolapse Surgery / Uterine Prolapse / Uterovaginal Prolapse – Doctor and Condition

Pelvic / female prolapse surgery / uterine prolapse / uterovaginal prolapse is when the female pelvic organs slip down the birth canal just like a baby. If the uterus drops down it is called uterine prolapse. If the bladder drops down it is called cystocele. If the rectum falls forward and out it is called rectocele. Often there is a combination of the above and the general term is called pelvic prolapse. Female prolapse surgery is a surgical procedure done to repair a uterus / bladder that has lost muscle tone or becomes weak and falls into the vaginal area.

Common Symptoms and Related Terminology:

Description of the Problem:

Pelvic prolapse is more common after childbirth and tends to run in families. It can show up in the thirties, but is more common in the 5th, 6th, and 7th decades of life. Some women have no symptoms with mild prolapse and do not need treatment. Others experience symptoms that are bothersome, ranging from pain, to leakage, to spotting. If you have symptoms, it is wise to speak with your physician about your situation.

Pelvic / Female Prolapse Differential Diagnosis (What else could it be?):

Pelvic / Female Prolapse Evaluation:

The pelvic prolapse evaluation begins with a complete physical and history. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire as to how much the prolapse is affecting your lifestyle. During the physical portion of the exam, your doctor may ask you to bear down to assess how far the uterus has fallen. He may also ask you to tighten your vagina as if you were trying to stop the flow of urine. Your doctor may need to scope your bladder.

Pelvic / Female Prolapse Treatment:

Pelvic prolapse treatment may not be necessary if you have no symptoms, or if you have mild prolapse. Kegel exercises may be helpful in maintaining muscle strength. You should monitor the situation as you age, as the muscles may continue to weaken. If your pelvic prolapse symptoms are severe, you may be fitted for a vaginal pessary. If a pessary does not work, or your symptoms are too severe for a pessary, pelvic prolapse surgery is an option to repair weakened pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic / Female Prolapse Summary:

Pelvic prolapse is a general term that can include very mild to very severe bulges seen at the vaginal opening. The treatment depends on which pelvic organs are herniating downward and whether the uterus is present. Pelvic prolapse can be effectively treated and even completely corrected so there is no longer an uncomfortable bulge. Concomitant leakage of urine can be corrected as well.

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