Are My Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Caused by Prolapse?
March 11, 2013
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, ureters (the tubular connection between the kidneys and the bladder) or kidneys. A UTI occurs when bacteria travels into the urethra and up the urinary tract. UTI symptoms may include urinary urgency, frequency, and painful urination. In cases of more severe […]
Do I Need Prolapse Surgery?
March 4, 2013
Some women live with prolapse without symptoms or adverse effects. They may learn they have a cystocele, rectocele, enterocele or uterine prolapse during a well woman exam and wonder what to do next. Other women may notice a bulge protruding beyond the vaginal opening and become panicked or even present to ER for fear this is a medical emergency. Prolapse […]
Do I Need to Have a Hysterectomy if I have Prolapse?
January 17, 2013
Whether or not a hysterectomy is recommended at the time of prolapse repair depends on each patient’s symptoms and physical exam. If the exam reveals bulging of the bladder (cystocele) or rectum (rectocele) but the uterus is not significantly prolapsed, a vaginal prolapse repair may be the best treatment option. During this type of vaginal prolapse repair, the cervix/uterus is […]
What is Prolapse?
December 7, 2012
A prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles and ligaments that function to support the vaginal uterus weaken and allow the bladder, rectum, uterus, or small intestine to drop into the vagina. A prolapse may be asymptomatic or may cause bothersome symptoms or even inhibit activities of daily living. Some women describe prolapse as the sensation of something dropping in the […]
Prophylactic Midurethral Sling for Women Undergoing Prolapse Repair
July 9, 2012
Stress urinary incontinence may occur following surgical prolapse repair in women who did not have stress incontinence before surgery. When the prolapse is corrected during surgery, new mobility of the urethra may occur resulting in involuntary loss of urine with coughing, sneezing or exercise. The midurethral sling works to provide support to the urethra, preventing stress urinary incontinence. Your doctor […]
The Role of Genetics in Pelvic Organ Prolapse
May 7, 2012
The most well known cause of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Women is prior vaginal deliveries. There is increasing evidence that genetic factors contribute to pelvic organ prolapse. There was a study led by Dr. Peggy Norton where researchers examined the chromosomes of 115 women who were treated for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and all 115 women also had a family history […]
Pessary for Prolapse
February 8, 2012
Pessaries are the most commonly used non-surgical device for management of pelvic organ prolapse. A Pessary is a silicone vaginal insert that holds prolapse in place. There are many types of pessaries available, varying in size and shape. The size and shape of pessary chosen is based on your symptoms and your exam. The pessary is typically inserted and removed […]