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Pelvic organ prolapse happens when usually the bladder prolapses from tis normal place in your belly to end up in the vagina. It usually happens when a person has had a hysterectomy and loses the organ that keeps other organs in place; the organs start to sag, such as your bladder. Childbirth or surgery can interfere with this process and make things worse.
Many women will have some kind of pelvic organ prolapse but it usually improves over time. More than one pelvic organ can prolapse at the same time. The condition is not painful or uncomfortable and it usually isn't a big health problem unless it causes bladder leakage.
Organs that can prolapse include the uterus, the urethra, the vagina, rectum and small bowel. Pelvic organ prolapse is most often linked to childbirth straining. During child birth, the muscles that normally hold everything in place become weak or overtly stretched. If they don’t recover, the muscles can’t support your pelvic organs.
Pelvic organ prolapse can be made worse by other bodily functions including being very overweight, having a long lasting cough, having frequent constipation and pelvic organ tumors. The disease is more common in older women and it has a tendency to run in families. Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include: pressure from the organs pressing against the vaginal wall; feeling full in your belly area; feeling a pull or stretch in the groin; feeling a pain in lower back; feeling as if something is falling out of your vagina; releasing urine without your meaning to or needing to urinate a lot; pain in the vagina during sex; having problems related to your bowels, including constipation.
The doctor asks you questions about your symptoms, your pregnancies, and health problems. You will get a complete physical, including a pelvic exam. Decisions about treatment include which organs have become prolapsed and how bad your symptoms are. If symptoms are mild, you may be able to o Kegel exercises at home. If you lose weight, your symptoms will be less. Lifting heavy things make things worse so avoid these things.
If you are suffering from pain and discomfort from your pelvic organ prolapse, and nonsurgical treatment and lifestyle changes don’t work, you might want to consider having surgery. The type of surgery utilized depends on which organs are involved and what other conditions you have. Each surgeon has specialties in certain areas and you want a surgeon that is skilled in taking care of the problem you have.
Stress urinary incontinence has a special surgery attached to it. They lift the urethra and the bladder so they are in their normal position.
The surgeries done for urinary prolapse and other kinds of prolapsed organs include repair of prolapsed bladder or urethra, removal of uterus (a hysterectomy), repair of the rectum (rectocele) and small bowel (enterocele). You can have a repair of the vaginal wall and closure of the vagina, a procedure called vaginal obliteration.
You need to recognize that, even after surgery, you may still have symptoms. The doctor will examine you with a pessary in your vagina in order to see if the symptoms you have are the same with a pessary. If the symptoms are the same, another surgery might need to be done.
Surgery in one part of the pelvis can make prolapse in the other areas of your pelvis worse. The doctor can perform the wrong surgery so that your symptoms worsen instead of getting better. Pelvic organ prolapse is highly attached to labor and vaginal delivery. Before having surgery, make sure you have had all the children you want.
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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here