One of the most common urogynecology conditions that women face in their lifetimes is pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when the pelvic floor muscles fail and become too weak to support internal organs such as the bladder; the vagina; the cervix; the rectum; and the urethra, all of which are located in the pelvic region of the body.
The Fall Out
While most cases of prolapse affect the bladder and cause such distressing issues as urinary incontinence, all of the pelvic organs can be directly affected, leading to a number of other concerns than can be detrimental to the health. Unfortunately, many women allow the condition to go undiagnosed, embarrassed to be experiencing the side effects that commonly occur, whether they’re dealing with painful intercourse or constantly suffering intense and seemingly unexplainable pain in their pelvis.
Additional side effects often caused by prolapse include:
- Defecatory dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- Organ protrusion past the opening of the vagina
- Painful menstruation
Fortunately, with the many advancements that medical technology has made, prolapse is actually very treatable. In fact, newer and more innovative treatment methods have been developed; and even surgical procedures have become more streamline and less invasive, which provides the benefit of requiring less recovery time and causing less trauma to the body. Robotically assisted surgeries such as daVinci surgery and other laparoscopic surgery procedures are able to access the surgery site more precisely, allowing the surgeon greater ability to be more effective and more successful, providing his patients with results that will have lasting effect on their lives. Coyle Institute also provides Durasphere injections and or Botox injections into the bladder for overactive bladder as an in office procedure.
Supporting The Cause
Prolapse may be directly related to a number of things including childbirth, connective tissue disorder, family history, and even chronic constipation; and each of these causes bear directly on how the condition is treated. More severe cases will naturally require more intense methods of treatment, while some women may be able to reverse their diagnosis by regularly performing muscle strengthening exercises commonly known as Kegels. Whatever the case may be, the very first step in finding relief is consulting with a urogynecologist or other medical professionals who can properly diagnose the issue and offer advice on the very best options for treatment. Prolapse may seem an insurmountable obstacle; but with the right care, it can ultimately become a thing of the past.
Don’t suffer alone—seek the support and advice of the team at Coyle Institute today!