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Pelvic Prolapse

A pelvic prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments surrounding the vagina weaken or become stretched, causing the vagina and its supporting organs to fall from their normal positions. Two types of prolapse include a cystocele, which occurs when part of the bladder pushes against the vagina and drops down into the vagina; and rectocele, which occurs when part of the rectum bulges into the vagina. If untreated, these conditions can cause pain or discomfort, bowel/bladder leakage and infections.

Non-surgical treatments for a pelvic prolapse are most often recommended first, and may include muscle-strengthening exercises; estrogen therapy; and insertion of a device called a pessary into the vagina to support the vaginal walls. However, if non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, cystocele and rectocele may be repaired surgically by lifting and tightening the tissue around the bladder and rectum. This procedure may be performed using invasive or laparoscopic techniques, depending on the patient's needs.

For additional information, please contact Salem Women's Health Partners at (330) 332-1939.