If you are suffering from a prolapsed pelvic floor, you know the condition can be uncomfortable. It can also make intimate situations difficult. Joseph Thomas MD in Chicago understands this unique and difficult situation. There is a procedure called pelvic floor reconstruction that may be able to help you.
What Is A Prolapse?
Prolapses are caused when your pelvic muscles become weak and the organs in your pelvis begin to drop from their natural positions. Your pelvic floor is made of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that are responsible for the support of your:
Prolapse of the pelvic floor normally causes some level of discomfort or pain. Urinary incontinence is also common. It can also soemtimes lead to sexual dysfunctions and create a noticeable bulge in the vaginal area.
Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
The procedure we refer to as pelvic floor reconstruction includes procedures designed to restore the integrity of prolapses within your the pelvic organ. Most patients are able to have all affected functions fully restored. Your reconstructive surgery will depend on the type of treatment you require. Surgical treatments include:
- Sacrocolpopexy is used to treat vaginal prolapse. The procedure relocates and repairs your vaginal tissue.
- Acrocolpopexy is used to treat vaginal prolapses in women who have had a hysterectomy. It is similar to Sacrocolpopexy, but designed for women without a uterus.
- Posterior Prolapse surgery is best when the rectum has experienced dropping. Excess tissue is removed, and the skin that lies between the anus and vagina is tightened.
- Cystocele or Anterior prolapse surgery corrects prolapse of the bladder. The bladder is placed into proper position, and tissues are secured to provide support for it.
- Uterine prolapse is often treated with a hysterectomy for individuals who have completed their family or don’t intend to have children. In this case, you may speak with our surgeon about the full range of options available.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, or you would like to learn more about pelvic floor reconstruction contact Dr. Joseph Thomas, MD to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!