Are You Looking For Relief From Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Are You Looking For Relief From Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the pelvic organs develop a hernia. The bladder, uterus and rectum make up the pelvic area and also include pelvic muscles, and fibrous support structures. When damage occurs to this area, the pelvic organs can descend.

What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse? 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Approximately 50% of women who have had a vaginal delivery will experience some problems with pelvic organ prolapse during their lifetime but only about 20% of those will have any serious issue.  If the condition does not extend beyond the vaginal opening, then it normally will not require medical attention. Even when POP does extend beyond the vaginal opening, it is often not much more than an irritation.

There are a few treatment options available including pessaries. A pessary is a medical device used to support the pelvic area. Surgery is also an option but doesn’t always produce optimal results. Patients often experience a high rate of re-occurrence, up to 30%. For these reasons, many doctors prefer monitoring the condition and using natural methods to encourage healing and a strengthening of the muscles in this area.

Those most at risk include women with difficult vaginal deliveries, obesity, a family history or a hysterectomy. As we age, POP can worsen. Asthma and chronic constipation can also worsen the condition.

Symptoms

Prolapse symptoms include feelings of pressure in the pelvic area, especially after standing on your feet all day. After a time of physical exertion, you may feel heaviness in that area. Some patients notice a protrusion from the vaginal area. Those suffering from other pelvic floor disorders such as urinary or anal incontinence are at higher risk of developing POP.

Doctors often work with patients to manage lifestyle changes that can help remedy your discomfort such as eating more fiber so that constipation doesn’t occur. In obese patients, your doctor may recommend losing some weight. Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels, have also been shown to be effective in some patients and your doctor can show you how to do these properly.

Surgical Therapy

In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend reconstructive surgery. Prolapse procedures can be performed to provide support for pelvic organs and correct the anatomy, providing increased bowel, bladder and vaginal function. Repairs to prolapse may be achieved using abdominal, transvaginal, or laparoscopic techniques. It is very important that the surgery address and correct all weak, defective or damaged areas in order to achieve best results.

Female Staff at All Women Urology

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Dr. Nancy Lobby works with many patients experiencing the discomfort of pelvic organ prolapse. Her background and training equip her to diagnose and treat this condition with great success. As a woman and professional urologist, she understands how this condition can affect your quality of life and even intimacy with your partner.

The staff at All Women Urology is comprised mostly of women because Dr. Lobby believes that her patients will be more comfortable while in her office.  Many women are embarrassed to discuss a condition like pelvic organ prolapse with a male doctor. At All Women Urology, patients can relax and speak openly to the doctor, nurse or staff members about any female condition.