When the pelvic floor muscles are no longer strong enough to support the pelvic organs, prolapse may occur. This condition develops when pelvic organs drop from their normal positions. At Brandon Regional Hospital, our robotic surgery team can treat pelvic organ prolapse with minimally invasive surgery. Here is what you need to know about this condition, including its symptoms and your treatment options.
Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
The muscles of the pelvic floor can become weak or damaged for a number of reasons. In some patients, the changes are age-related. In others, the muscles have been weakened by childbirth, obesity, constipation, or connective tissue disorders.
Signs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic pain and pressure are the most common indicators of prolapse, but there may also be other symptoms, including urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, and tissue or organs that push into or extend past the vaginal opening. Because these symptoms can be signs of a range of different conditions, it’s important to have them evaluated by a doctor so the proper diagnosis can be made.
Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Treatment for pelvic organ prolapse depends on the nature of your condition and severity of your symptoms. Initially, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments, such as pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles or a pessary, which is a device that can be inserted into the vagina to support prolapsed organs. If these remedies don’t provide symptom relief, you may be referred for surgery.
If you’re living with pelvic organ prolapse, ask your doctor to refer you to Brandon Regional Hospital. Our women’s services and robotic surgery teams can help you find relief from your symptoms. You’ll also find a comprehensive list of other healthcare services at our Hillsborough County hospital, including an emergency room, orthopedics, pediatrics, and more. For additional information, call us at (888) 327-2636.