Prolapse is a fairly common condition that causes symptoms many women are embarrassed to discuss or believe are just a natural part of aging. The specialists at Urology Care, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes it easy to share your concerns. They also have the skills required to treat all your urological health care needs and have extensive experience in helping women manage prolapse. Schedule a visit at Urology Care today. Call the office or book your visit online.
Your pelvic floor muscles normally act as a sort of hammock or sling that help hold the pelvic organs in place.
Prolapse, often referred to as pelvic organ prolapse, occurs when the weakening of these muscles and other soft tissue structures within the pelvic region cause the bladder, rectum, vagina, or uterus to fall (prolapse) out of their normal position.
There are numerous symptoms associated with prolapse which can vary greatly from individual to individual, including:
You may experience one or more of these symptoms in worsening intensity as the prolapse progresses.
Your Urology Care specialist designs a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and the nature of the prolapse, which may include:
The Votiva system uses radiofrequency energy to revitalize external and internal vaginal tissue without the need for surgery. Votiva treatments are painless and very effective in treating pelvic floor muscle weakness and vaginal laxity when these conditions are caught early.
If you’ve ever had a baby, odds are you were advised to use Kegel exercises to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles after giving birth. When done correctly, these exercises can also help reduce the weakening associated with prolapse.
Your provider can help you learn to perform Kegel exercises correctly, which may be difficult due to the location of the targeted muscles.
A pessary is a removable device that’s inserted into the vagina to provide support and prevent protrusion of pelvic structures into the vagina. Your provider may recommend a pessary as a nonsurgical treatment for a prolapsed bladder, rectum, or uterus.
When conservative treatments aren’t enough to improve your prolapse symptoms, or if you have a severe prolapse, you may need surgery to repair the problem. In most cases, prolapse repair is a minimally invasive procedure performed through the vaginal wall.
Surgical procedures for prolapse repair have different names, depending on the organ that prolapsed. However, they all include steps such as putting the organ back in its normal position and repairing the supporting muscles and connective tissues.
Additionally, the vaginal wall is strengthened to help prevent future prolapse. Your doctor removes loose or weak vaginal tissues, repairs torn tissues, and adds graft material to the vaginal wall if needed.
Don’t delay treatment for prolapse. Call Urology Care today and make an appointment or book your visit online.