Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Gwinnett Lawrenceville GAThe various organs in the pelvic area are held in place by supportive tissue and muscle, but when this support fails, one or more organs can lose position and drop toward or into the vaginal area. This is called pelvic organ prolapse. The condition can affect the uterus, bladder, rectum, or part of the small intestine. For women who have had a hysterectomy, a pelvic organ prolapse can also occur in the vaginal vault, or the top of the vagina.

Pelvic organ prolapse varies not only in the organs it affects, but also in severity. While it can begin with a small and subtle shift which may not cause any symptoms, the condition can progress and result in a visible bulge in or around the opening of the vagina. Though pelvic organ prolapse can be alarming for women, it is a treatable condition with both surgical and non-surgical options, depending on each patient’s unique needs.

 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment

If you suspect you may have pelvic organ prolapse, schedule an appointment with Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Our experienced and board-certified gynecologist will begin with an exam, potentially followed by additional testing like an MRI or an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.

If you are diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, Dr. Gould and team will assess the severity of your condition and recommend a course of treatment based on your specific needs and medical history. In most cases, a non-surgical device called a pessary is the first step. Pessaries are varying shapes based on the organs they will be supporting, and they are inserted into the vagina during a simple in-office procedure at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Your gynecologist may also recommend taking certain measures at home to improve your condition, such as strengthening your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises or losing weight to relieve excess pressure.

For patients who do not see success with a pessary or if non-surgical treatments are not an option, there are various surgeries available based on the severity and details of your condition.

 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse FAQs

What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
Many women, especially those with only mild prolapse, do not have any symptoms. However, if symptoms do appear, they typically include a feeling of heaviness or fullness in the pelvic region, a pulling or aching feeling in the pelvis, pain or discomfort during sexual activity, and difficulty urinating to having a bowel movement. In cases of severe prolapse, you may be able to see or feel a bulge either at or past the vaginal opening.

What causes pelvic organ prolapse?
In short, pelvic organ prolapse is caused when there is damage or weakening of the tissue and muscle which secures the pelvic organs in place. This is most commonly caused by pregnancy and childbirth (especially vaginal childbirth), though it can also occur due to a previous pelvic surgery, menopause, and aging.

 

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