Pelvic prolapse can be embarrassing and stressful. A woman’s ligaments and muscles act like a hammock, supporting her pelvic organs and sustaining them in their rightful position. However, when the massive support fails or has a malfunction, one or more of your pelvic organs (vagina, rectum, cervix, bladder, and uterus) drop into your vagina or press out of your vagina. The falling of the organs is what is called a prolapse. Your Las Vegas pelvic prolapse specialist, Dr. Swainston, diagnoses and treats prolapses to help patients live a comfortable life. The professional medical provider thrives in minimally invasive procedures to minimize his patients’ complication risks.
What are the most common causes of pelvic prolapse?
You will most likely have a pelvic prolapse when your pelvis’ connective tissues or muscles fail to work as they should. Therefore, the most common causes include:
- Vaginal childbirth
- Long-term abdominal pressure
- Menopause’s hormonal changes
- Family history
What are the various types of prolapses you are likely to experience?
The type of prolapse you have will depend on your affected organ. They include:
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal vault prolapse
- Urethral prolapse
- Prolapse of the rectum
- Bladder prolapse
- Prolapse of the small bowel
How will your doctor treat pelvic floor prolapse?
Your doctor’s treatment plan for pelvic prolapse will depend on several things including your type of prolapse, age, symptoms, sexual life, and several other health problems. Your treatment could include:
- Pelvic floor muscle therapy. Your gynecologist will either show you how to perform the necessary exercises or refer you to a specialist to guide you on the practices you need to do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
- Vaginal pessary. Your doctor may insert a pessary (removable device) into your vagina to support your pelvic muscles.
- Hormone treatment. If you have been through menopause and have a mild prolapse, your doctor may suggest estrogen treatment to alleviate your symptoms like vaginal dryness. The estrogen could be available as an application cream on your vagina, an insertion tablet, or a vaginal ring.
- Surgery to close your vagina. The procedure could be an option if you no longer have vaginal sexual intercourse. During the operation (colpocleisis), your doctor treats the condition by closing your vaginal opening.
- Surgery to support your vagina or uterus. Your gynecologist will recommend the surgery if you are sexually active and have a severe uterine or vaginal prolapse. During the procedure that your doctor will perform through your abdomen or vagina, the professional will use your body tissue to repair the defect and enhance your pelvic floor support.
- Hysterectomy. Your gynecologist will recommend the procedure if you have a prolapsed womb and have no desire to have more children. The treatment eases pressure on your vaginal walls and minimizes the chances of a prolapse re-occurrence.
- Eating habits. Your eating habits will have to change if you experience bowel problems significantly. The care provider will suggest you eat fiber-rich foods to prevent constipation and minimize straining during your bowel movements.
There is little you can do to prevent pelvic prolapse. However, there is enough you can do to lower your risks of experiencing a prolapse. Though the condition could be embarrassing, leading you to not share your symptoms, prolapses are fatal. If you are struggling with pelvic prolapse, book an appointment today and let the experts help you live a comfortable and fulfilling life.