Vaginal Prolapse Treatment
As we age, our organs tend to shift their position due to pregnancy, childbirth or excessive weight, which stretches and weakens the muscles that reinforce our pelvic organs. The group of muscles and ligaments referred to as the pelvic floor provides added support to the uterus, bladder, small bowel, and colon.
According to ObGyn Corpus Christi Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker, if your pelvic floor muscles weaken, your organs can drop and bulge into the vagina, giving you feelings of fullness, vaginal discomfort, or uterus pain. If this happens, you may also have trouble controlling your urine or having a bowel movement.
Your treatment will depend on the kind of pelvic organ prolapse you have. Your ObGyn in Corpus Christi may first suggest treating your prolapse with the use of non-surgical methods. However, if the symptoms are significantly affecting your quality of life, surgery may be the best option.
Medications: Menopause usually creates lower estrogen levels, which can lead to weakened vaginal muscles, but estrogen therapy can strengthen and build up these muscles.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy – including pelvic floor exercises – can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Surgery: Your ObGyn Corpus Christi may opt to perform minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery – including robot-assisted surgery – to treat your pelvic organ prolapse.
There are a number surgical choices for various types of prolapse:
- Posterior prolapse, involves the rectum and is sometimes referred to as a rectocele. Your ObGyn will fix the connective tissue that connects your vagina and rectum to help the rectum remain in the proper position.
- Anterior prolapse involves your bladder and is referred to as a cystocele. Your ObGyn will raise your bladder and secure the connective tissue that’s between your bladder and vagina to help the bladder maintain the correct position.
- Uterine prolapse is typically treated with removal of the uterus if the patient has no plans to have children.
- Small bowel prolapse/vaginal vault prolapse is known as enterocele and can be corrected with surgery through the vagina or abdomen.
Prolapse surgery addresses the bulging tissue, but if it doesn’t bother you – which is actually quite common – surgery will not be needed.
If you would like more information regarding pelvic organ prolapse and are in need of a reputable and personable ObGyn, Corpus Christi, TX residents rely on the professional and caring staff at Innovations in Women’s Health under the direction of gynecologic surgeon Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker.
Don’t wait – call us today at 361-929-7088 to schedule your confidential consultation.