Treatment Options for Pelvic and Vaginal Prolapse

Pelvic and vaginal prolapse can be treated using non-invasive or minimally invasive methods.

Did you know that as many of 30-40% of women develop some variation of vaginal prolapse during their lifetimes? Here we will share some symptoms of vaginal and pelvic prolapse and what you can do to have it treated.

During pelvic prolapse, a woman's bladder, uterus, rectum or vaginal canal loses its support and sags into the pelvic cavity. This causes these organs to put excessive pressure on the pelvis or cause protrusions. Symptoms include:

  • Pressure, heaviness or a pulling sensation in the pelvis
  • Pelvic pain, especially during intercourse
  • Relief from symptoms when lying down
  • Protrusions of tissue from the vagina
  • Constipation
  • Bleeding or unusual discharge
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Incontinence

Pelvic Prolapse Treatment Options
Treatment depends entirely on each woman's type of prolapse. A doctor may suggest one or more of the following options:

  • Pelvic floor strengthening using kegels
  • Using a vaginal pessary
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy surgery using synthetic mesh
  • Minimally invasive da Vinci surgery using very small incisions, which results in less pain and a short recovery period.

Are you experiencing any symptoms of pelvic prolapse? Don't put off talking to your physician before the condition worsens. Find out how Brandon Regional Hospital treats pelvic and vaginal prolapse here. For a physician referral, please call our free Consult-A-Nurse service available 24/7 at 1-888-327-2636.

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