Pelvic prolapse is a condition where the muscles and ligaments surrounding your bladder loosen, and your bladder or uterus falls into the vaginal canal. This condition occurs most often as a result of childbirth or surgery, which causes the supportive muscles to weaken and ligaments to loosen.
Other causes of pelvic prolapse include:
All of these conditions put extra pressure on your pelvic organs, which can cause them to let loose.
You may experience the common symptoms of pelvic prolapse such as:
Once you mention these symptoms to Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir, he performs a pelvic exam. During the pelvic exam, any organs that have prolapsed are visible to him.
If your symptoms are mild and unproblematic, the doctors can provide helpful lifestyle guidance to improve your pelvic muscle tone. Lifestyle changes such as Kegel exercises and weight loss may improve your symptoms. If that doesn’t work, your doctor can provide you with a pessary: A device you insert into your vagina that helps hold your organs in place to relieve the pressure.
Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir may recommend surgery for more serious cases of pelvic prolapse. The doctors can perform a hysterectomy if the uterus is the prolapsed organ and you are sure you don’t want any more children. Otherwise, they can perform other procedures to repair the organs or vaginal wall or close off the vagina.
The doctors can perform most of the surgical procedures for pelvic prolapse with robotic equipment. Robotic surgery is minimally invasive and results in:
If you’re suffering from pelvic prolapse, call today to make an appointment so you can start receiving the most attentive, fine-tuned care from The Center for Gynecologic Oncology.