Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles, ligaments and supporting tissue that holds pelvic organs in correct position become weakened or tear. 

When this happens, one or more of the pelvic organs drop or herniate into the vagina. 

Many women experience minor symptoms and these may not require surgery however 1 in 5 women require surgical treatment of distressing symptoms

Causes

  • Pregnancy & child birth 

  • Obesity / Weight gain

  • Chronic constipation

  • Chronic cough 

  • Inherited weakness of pelvic floor connective tissues 

 

Symptoms

These depend on  the organs effected and the severity of the prolapse:

  • Sensation of a lump in the vagina 

  • Heavy, dragging sensation  in lower pelvic area 

  • Urinary infections, poor urine stream, incomplete emptying of bladder 

  • Difficulty emptying bowels

  • Interference in sexual activity causing discomfort

  • Vaginal Flatus  (vaginal wind)   

Types of Surgical Repair 

The aim of surgical repair is to restore normal pelvic-organ anatomy. 

Dr Saj will asses the damage during the appointment to help plan the best type of surgery to restore normal anatomy & reduce likelihood of reaccurence.  

  • Anterior Vaginal Wall repair  (front wall)

  • Posterior Vaginal wall repair (back wall)

  • Sacrospinious fixation (restores support to uterus or vaginal vault)

  • Hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse  

To arrange a appointment simply contact the rooms on ph: 5222 8858 or via the email. 

You will require a referral letter to Dr Saj from your usual doctor. 

(03) 5222 8858

(03) 5221 8372

St John of God Specialist Centre, Ground Floor Suite 1, 83 Myers St, Geelong VIC 3220, Australia

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