Pelvic prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles become weakened or stretched and cannot support the nearby organs as they are supposed to do. This is very common for women who have given birth, especially to large babies, and in older women. Women who carry excess abdominal weight may also find themselves with this condition.
The most common organ to prolapse is the bladder. This leads to stress incontinence and urine leakage problems. Other organs, such as the uterus, small bowel and rectum can also prolapse. Many times there will be several organs prolapsed at one time. Prolapse can be very uncomfortable, and soe women may even experience pain due to the shifting of their organs.
What Can Be Done About Pelvic Prolapse?
Gainesville Gynecology offers several solutions to pelvic prolapse. There are surgical and non-surgical methods that can cure this problem.
Dr. Turner offers traditional pelvic prolapse repair surgery and also the modern “mesh” repair surgery. The choice of which surgery you should have will be based on the type of pelvic prolapse you are experiencing and your preferred choice. If the prolapse is minor, Dr. Turner may prescribe specific exercises to tighten the pelvic muscles instead of surgery.
Symptoms Of Pelvic Prolapse
While each woman may experience pelvic prolapse differently, the most common symptoms of this disorder include:
- Feeling pressure in the pelvic area (most common)
- Feeling very full in your lower abdomen
- Feeling bloated without cause
- Feeling a pulling feeling in your pelvic area or lower back
- Stress incontinence
- Severe constipation
- Pain during intercourse
Most of these symptoms are increased when you stand for a long time. Nearly all symptoms disappear when you lay down.
Important Facts About Pelvic Prolapse
It is very important for all women to understand that even after surgery, pelvic prolapse can reoccur. To avoid reoccurrence of this disorder, it is important that you:
- Perform Kegel exercises daily to keep the pelvic floor muscles strong
- Maintain a healthy weight cause excess weight on this area can shift organs
- Try to avoid lifting heavy objects without assistance
Correcting pelvic prolapse is a very routine procedure. Dr. Turner has had extensive experience performing both the standard and mesh prolapse operations with success. Dr, Turner will gladly evaluate your needs and make recommendations based on your medical history and preferences. Additionally, if you have been told that you need surgery by another doctor, Dr. Turner will also provide second opinions on this matter.