Treatments For Pelvic Prolapse

Posted on: 26 April 2016

Pelvic prolapse usually occurs due to the trauma of childbirth. The prolapse occurs when an organ inside the pelvis, such as the uterus or bladder, drops from its normal position. If you are experiencing a pulling feeling in your lower abdomen, heaviness in your pelvis, or problems urinating or defecating, you may be suffering from pelvic prolapse. There are multiple procedures that can be used to correct the condition. Here are a few of them:

A pessary may be used to help hold the organs inside the palace.

A pessary is a device that can be inserted into the vagina to provide uterine support. Its placement does not require surgery. The pessary used to treat the prolapse may be rigid or pliable.

Kegel exercises can be used to tone the pelvic floor.

Kegel exercises can be performed practically anywhere. They are used to strengthen the muscles that make up the pelvic floor. Kegels are performed by squeezing the muscles that stop the flow of urine. You can tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor and maintain the contracting tension for about five seconds. Next, you can release the muscles for an additional five seconds before the cycle is repeated. The cycle should be repeated four or five times consecutively. As the exercises become easier, the duration of the contraction and relaxation episodes should be increased to 10 seconds each. Kegel sessions should be repeated about three times each day.

It is important to perform Kegel exercise with an empty bladder. Stopping the flow of urine may cause you to leave a small amount of urine in the bladder, which can result in a urinary tract infection.

Pelvic reconstructive surgery can be performed.

In instances in which other treatment options are unsuccessful, surgery may be suggestion. Types of reconstructive surgery that may be offered include the following:

Use of the Ligaments

The surgeon may use your ligaments to help lift the organs into place. The procedure is conducted through the vaginal opening.

Stitching the Vaginal Walls

The posterior and anterior vaginal walls can be strengthened using stitches. Once the procedure is complete, the bladder and other pelvic organs are better supported.

Installation of Vaginal Mesh

Surgery can also include the placement of vaginal mesh. This is the most aggressive option and is typically only used if the patient's body cannot support the other treatment options.

To learn more ways to help treat pelvic prolapse, schedule an appointment with a surgeon in your area.