Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
One in 9 women will undergo surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. Surgery may be performed through a vaginal incision, laparoscopic/robotically, and rarely via an open abdominal incision. The choice of a specific surgical procedure depends on your age, health status, type of prolapse, severity of prolapse and your desire to continue sexual activity. Your physician will discuss the surgical choices with you.
Cystocele and Rectocele Repairs ‑ This surgery is usually performed vaginally and lifts the prolapsed bladder or rectum back into place, and tightens the supportive muscles and ligaments. Your surgeon may also reinforce vaginal tissues with a tissue graft.
Colpocleisis – The prolapse is repaired by making the vaginal opening smaller so that the prolapse cannot protrude. This surgery is minimally invasive and long lasting, but often narrows the vagina to a point were sexual intercourse is no longer possible.
Sacral Colpopexy — Your surgeon uses a thin piece of surgical mesh to connect the vagina to the sacrum (tailbone). This procedure may be performed laparoscopically using the da Vinci Surgical System, also known as “robotic surgery”. The advantages of this approach are less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a greater success rate.
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