Prolapse

The word “prolapse” means, “to fall out of place.” In urology, prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ falls out of its normal position in the body. The team at Affiliated Urologist offers a number of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for patients suffering from prolapse. 

Prolapse Treatment Options

Prolapse is a general medical term that describes an organ falling out of place in the body. This phenomenon commonly affects pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder, urethra, rectum, small bowel, or vagina from weak surrounding pelvic floor muscles. There are different medical terms for various instances of prolapse. For example, if the bladder prolapses into the vagina, it’s called a cystocele. If the rectum prolapses into the vagina, it’s called a rectocele. Finally, if the small bowel prolapses into other nearby organs, it’s called an enterocele.

Different kinds of prolapse call for different types of nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. Nonsurgical treatment techniques for prolapse generally include pelvic floor muscle exercises, also called kegel exercises, and pessaries. To learn more about these therapies, please visit Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness and Incontinence or Overactive Bladder. 

Surgical procedures to correct prolapse typically include biological reinforcement, anterior colporrhaphy, posterior colporrhaphy, transvaginal enterocele repair, uterosacral ligament suspension, sacrospinous vaginal vault suspension, sacral colpopexy, or overlapping anal sphincteroplasty. An Affiliated Urologist physician will recommend a procedure based on the patient’s condition and individuals needs. More often than not, an interventional therapy or surgical procedure will be necessary to correct a patient’s prolapse.

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