Childbirth, menopause, and excessive pelvic pressure can all lead to pelvic organ prolapse. If you can feel or see prolapsed organs protruding from your vagina, visit the experienced team at Pasadena Urological Medical Group in Pasadena, California. They specialize in performing minimally invasive surgery to return organs to their proper position and prevent further prolapses. To find out how you can benefit from the team’s expertise in pelvic organ prolapse treatment, call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book an appointment online today.
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs if your pelvic muscles and tissues can no longer support the pelvic organs, so they drop into (and sometimes protrude out of) the vagina. These organs include the:
You might be able to feel or see something in your vagina and experience difficulties with penetrative sex or an inability to use tampons.
Pressure and aching can build up in your pelvis, intensifying when you stand up or cough. You might also leak urine (incontinence) or have difficulties with bowel movements.
Common causes of pelvic organ prolapse include:
During labor and delivery, your pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues stretch, sometimes excessively. Vaginal delivery of multiple children or giving birth to a baby heavier than 8½ pounds increases your risk of pelvic organ prolapse later in life.
Abdominal pressure can be due to obesity, repeatedly straining during bowel movements, or a chronic cough.
The hormonal changes in menopause, particularly the loss of estrogen, can increase your risk of pelvic organ prolapse. The risk rises further as you get older.
A family history of pelvic organ prolapse could also be a risk factor.
Treatment for pelvic organ prolapse might be possible with medication and minimally invasive therapies. Losing weight and regularly doing Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles can be helpful.
A pessary can also help with pelvic organ prolapse. Pessaries are devices your urologist inserts into the vagina to support the pelvic organs. Surgery might be necessary if your prolapse is severe or doesn’t respond to other therapies.
The kind of surgery you need depends on which organs prolapse, but all procedures aim to restore support to your pelvic organs. The Pasadena Urological Medical Group team offers robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy to manage complete female pelvic prolapse.
During robotic sacrocolpopexy, your surgeon inserts small tools and a miniature camera into your lower abdomen through several small incisions. The camera gives your surgeon a better view of the area.
Your surgeon moves the tools with a robotic controller, enabling them to carry out precise surgeries with the utmost accuracy. They insert a tissue graft or synthetic mesh onto the prolapsed organs, then attach it to your lower spine. This helps keep your pelvic organs in the right position.
For expert treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, call Pasadena Urological Medical Group or book an appointment online today.