Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Pelvic Floor Reconstruction

Overview

Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the prolapse - or dropping - of any of the pelvic floor organs, including the uterus, bladder, small bowel, vagina or rectum.

Factors like pregnancy, childbirth, age, weight and recent hysterectomy can all cause weak pelvic muscles. Without proper muscle support, your pelvic organs may begin to sag, bulge or push on the walls of the vagina.

As the condition worsens, your bladder, uterus or rectum may drop out of its normal position and start to push against the walls of your vagina. This condition is known as pelvic prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse. If you’re suffering from this condition, reconstructive pelvic surgery may be the best way to help relieve your symptoms.

Symptoms

Pelvic Prolapse Symptoms

There are four main types of pelvic prolapse, including:

  • Cystocele: Often referred to as a bulging or dropped bladder, a cystocele is commonly experienced after childbirth when the muscles have weakened and the bladder has dropped into the vagina, or - in severe cases - outside the vaginal opening. Common symptoms of cystocele may include feeling as if you haven’t fully emptied your bladder, a feeling of pressure in your pelvic organs, and repeat bladder infections.
  • Enterocele: This condition occurs when your intestines press downward into your vagina. Enterocele symptoms are vague and may include a bearing down pressure in your pelvis and vagina and possible lower back pain.
  • Rectocele: This condition involves the rectum pressing upward into the vagina. Rectocele symptoms include constipation, lack of control of gas, leaking of stool or feelings of stool still in the rectum.
  • Vaginal vault prolapse: More common if you’ve had a hysterectomy, vaginal vault prolapse is caused by a weakening of the ligaments that support the vagina. It can cause a severe pressure or feeling of a bulging or fullness in the vagina.

When to See a Doctor

If you have a mild case of pelvic prolapse, you may opt to refrain from pelvic prolapse treatment and wait for the condition to resolve on its own. If your symptoms are more frequent and impairing, talk to your doctor about your pelvic reconstruction treatment options.

Services & Treatment

Pelvic prolapse is a common condition and our urogynecology providers have extensive experience treating it. Aurora Health Care offers state-of-the-art pelvic floor reconstruction and sacrocolpopexy surgery options to help restore your normal pelvic organ structure and improve overall organ function. Our minimally invasive, reconstructive pelvic surgery procedures offer:

  • A faster return to your normal routine
  • Less pain
  • Less injury to muscle tissue
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay

You have options

How Is Pelvic Prolapse Treated?
Alexis Chesrow, MD, explains possible procedures for repairing prolapse disorders like prolapsed bladder, uterine prolapse and other pelvic floor disorders.

Locations

Aurora Health Care offers pelvic floor reconstruction at pelvic prolapse treatment facilities throughout eastern Wisconsin:

Aurora Sinai Women’s Health Center
945 N 12th St
1st Fl
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-5800

Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Disorders
8901 W Lincoln Ave
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 329-5650

Aurora Women's Specialty Clinic of the Aurora Women's Pavilion – Franklin
4202 W Oakwood Park Ct
Ste 310
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 855-2900

Aurora BayCare Women’s Center
2845 Greenbrier Rd
4th Fl
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 288-8400

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