Aging, childbirth, and excessive weight can put stress on the internal female organs and cause what is known as “pelvic organ prolapse”. If one part of the supportive network of muscles and ligaments in and around the vagina or bladder weakens, the organs inside the pelvis can fall, bulge or protrude into the vaginal canal. Dr. Nguyen can assess and treat pelvic organ prolapse. The various types of prolapse include:
- A cystocele occurs when the bladder bulges or drops into the vagina.
Bladder Prolapse Reviews
"Excellent experience. I was tired of the pessary but without it my bladder was protruding. Surgery went well with very little pain afterwards. I had 1 dose of narcotic in the hospital at night and never filled my prescription for home. Ibuprofen was all I needed for about 3 days, then no other pain relief. After about 1 week, it was as if I hadn't had surgery! The surgery center was wonderful too. Check in was fast and easy, not crowed. Nurses were very quick to respond every time. Post-op (at home) instructions were clear and effective. I will recommend Dr. Nguyen to anyone and everyone needing a hysterectomy or similar surgery."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 11, 2016
"I loved my experience with Dr. Nguyen. That may seem a strange thing to say but I was so nervous and upset before having the bladder sling and rectocele repair. The Dr. and her staff were really nice and calm and accommodating with appointments and everything else. I am glad it's over and I can get back to living normally once again."- JH / Office Visit / Mar 09, 2016
"Dear Aimee and Staff, It is now 4 weeks after my corrective surgery. I am so thrilled and excited to be able to return to my normal exercise routine i.e. tennis, bike riding, lifting grandchildren and cooking for all the family, without the heavy feeling in my uterus. Thanks, D.B."- D.B / Office Visit / Mar 24, 2016
"Dr. Nguyen and her staff were very personable and professional during exams, testing, and surgery. Not knowing what to expect from my complex surgery - the entire office made me feel more confident before and during surgery - along with follow-up's. I recommend Dr. Nguyen and her staff to anyone who is experiencing pelvic issues."- B / Office Visit / Apr 15, 2016
"At the age of 80, I had surgery for the first time ever. Dr. Nguyen and her staff gave me excellent treatment. No problems at all."- RG / Office Visit / Jun 15, 2016
- Discomfort or pressure when standing
- Discomfort during intercourse
- A feeling of heaviness or bulging into the vagina
- Something protruding from the vagina (often a smooth, round ball)
- Pulling or stretching in the pelvis
- Difficulty urinating, slow, intermittent stream or incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Incomplete emptying after bowel movements
Pelvic organ prolapse often happens with aging and after childbirth when the muscles and tissues of the vagina are weakened. However, it may also be caused by heavy lifting, chronic straining with constipation, chronic coughing, or having weak genetic tissue.
Pessary - A pessary is a removable silicone device that can be fitted into the vagina to support the pelvic organ that is prolapsed.
Anterior Colporrhaphy (Anterior Repair) - A vaginal surgical procedure, known as an anterior colporrhaphy, is performed to fix a cystocele (dropped bladder) by repairing the wall between the vagina and the bladder. This can be done as an outpatient procedure. Mesh is typically not used for this procedure.
Posterior Colporrhaphy (Posterior Repair) - A Posterior Colporrhaphy is a surgical vaginal procedure to fix a rectocele (dropped rectum). It repairs the wall between the vagina and the rectum.
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PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE FAQS
Is Prolapse Preventable?
Since the cause of pelvic organ prolapse is still unclear, there’s no way to eliminate all risk. Doctors do advise maintaining a healthy weight, pelvic floor (kegel) exercises, eating plenty of fiber to avoid constipation and visiting your OBGYN for health check-ups on a regular basis.
How Serious Is Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is easier to fix if it is diagnosed and treated early. In the early stages, prolapse can be treated conservatively with pelvic floor exercises or physical therapy. Without treatment, the prolapse may worsen.