Weakness or damage to the muscles and tissue in your pelvic floor can lead to urinary and pelvic organ prolapse, where your bladder, uterus, or other pelvic organ descends into your vaginal cavity. If you’re concerned about prolapse, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Gregory Owens at Advanced Pelvic Surgery — Southern Ohio’s premier pelvic floor rehab center — in West Chester, Ohio for expert diagnosis and treatment. With board certifications as both an OB/GYN and a female pelvic surgeon, Dr. Owens has over 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating prolapse and goes out of his way to treat you like family, so you feel comfortable and confident in his care. Call to speak with his friendly staff or schedule an appointment online today.
Pelvic prolapse is a condition where one of the organs in your pelvic area doesn’t receive sufficient support and descends in your vaginal cavity. This condition can be painful, disrupt your urinary and bowel function, and make sex uncomfortable.
There are different kinds of pelvic prolapse:
Uterine prolapse occurs when your uterus descends into your vaginal cavity because of damage or weakness in the supporting ring at the top of your vagina.
A cystocele, also known as a fallen bladder, is when your bladder receives insufficient support from your cervix or the supporting connective tissue in your pelvic region. Your bladder either pushes against your vaginal mucosa or, if there’s a tear in the connective tissue, pushes into your vaginal cavity.
A rectocele develops when weakness in the thin tissue that separates your vagina and your rectum allows your rectum to push into your vaginal cavity.
An enterocele is a vaginal hernia where damage or weakness in the tissues between your uterus and rectum allows part of your small intestine to push through into your vaginal canal.
Pelvic prolapse occurs when damage or weakness to the muscles and tissues doesn’t provide enough support to the organs in your pelvic area, and they descend or push through the weak tissue to rest in areas where they don’t belong.
Various conditions contribute to pelvic floor weakness. For example, the physical stress of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth can stretch and weaken your pelvic floor. Additionally, vaginal atrophy, a condition caused by decreased estrogen levels due to menopause or chemotherapy, can make the walls of your vagina thin, dry, weak, and susceptible to tearing.
Dr. Owens typically treats prolapse with a surgical procedure to return your organ to its correct space and repair the supporting tissue. He may insert a surgical mesh sling to provide additional support to your pelvic organs.
Dr. Owens takes time to talk to you about your condition, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions. He wants to make sure you feel comfortable with your treatment plan and offers a combination of functional rehab and traditional medicine and surgery.
You can practice Kegel exercises regularly to strengthen your pelvic floor. Scheduling regular well-woman visits and pelvic exams with Dr. Owens is also critical. Then, if you begin to show signs of prolapse, he can treat the issue quickly before it disrupts your life.
If you’re concerned about prolapse, call or schedule an appointment online at Advanced Pelvic Surgery today.