Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatments

It is important to understand your body and learn about all your treatment options, both non-surgical and surgical, to help find a solution that is right for you. Seek out a specialist who specializes in pelvic floor treatments and discuss your options to find the best solution for you.

Expert Experience in Pelvic Reconstruction 

Pelvic organ prolapse causes pain, incontinence and other symptoms that can interfere with quality of a woman’s life. At Southern Shores Urogynecology,  Dr. Harris-Hicks uses minimally-invasive approaches to treat prolapse, repairing damage and restoring support for long-term relief of symptoms.

Non-surgical Management Options 

Prolapse may be managed with vaginal pessaries, Kegel exercises, biofeedback, and lifestyle changes. These options may involve long-term treatment, on-going maintenance, and continued expenses, and they may not address your underlying condition.

  • Vaginal Pessary is a device that’s placed in the vagina to support the pelvic floor and support the prolapsed organ. Your physician will fit and insert the pessary, which must be cleaned frequently and may have to be removed before intercourse.
  • Kegels are exercises that you can do on your own to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Biofeedback Therapy involves learning how to notice and working to control your body’s functions. While a monitoring device is placed by your physician, you will be asked to use your pubococcygeus muscle to see how much strength you need to contract your pelvic floor muscles correctly. 

Surgical Options for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Surgical repair can be done through the vagina or through the abdomen.

  • Anterior or posterior colporrhaphy in which the wall of the vagina is strengthened with sutures so that it once again supports the pelvic organs.
  • Vaginally placed biologic tissue is done through an incision in the vagina. 
  • Sacrocolpopexy and sacrohysteropexy are done through the abdomen to repair vaginal vault prolapse and uterine prolapse with surgical mesh.

Reconstructive surgery of the pelvic floor is performed with the goal of restoring the organs to their original position.

If you are considering surgery with the use of surgical mesh to repair your POP, ask your surgeon these questions before you agree to the procedure:
  • Are you planning to use mesh in my surgery?
  • Why do you think I am a good candidate for a prolapse repair procedure with mesh?
  • Why is surgical mesh being chosen for my prolapse repair procedure?
  • What are the pros and cons of using mesh in my particular case?
  • Will my partner be able to feel the mesh during intercourse?
  • Could my prolapse be repaired successfully without using surgical mesh?

Get More Facts About the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair Procedure Here.