Vaginal Prolapse Repair
What is it?
Vaginal prolapse repair surgery is required when the supportive tissue around the pelvic organs is weakened and the organs begin to bulge into the vagina. This can include the bladder, the bowel, the uterus and even the vaginal wall. Different prolapses can occur depending on the tissue weaknesses, which means different organs may be affected.
Is prolapse repair surgery right for me?
If you have suffered a prolapse of the bladder, rectum, uterus or vaginal vault, prolapse repair surgery is one of the most effective treatments. Some prolapses can be treated by making a variety of lifestyle changes or using vaginal pessaries, which are plastic devices placed within the vagina to hold the prolapse in place.
However, for those looking for a long-term prolapse treatment, surgery is the best option. Operation types will vary depending on the type and severity of the prolapse. Your Baddow Hospital consultant will discuss these with you.
The surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and the length of the procedure will depend on the prolapse type. The surgeon will start by making incisions inside the vaginal walls, where dissolvable stitches or staples will be used to strengthen the supporting tissue. Repairs will be made to front and back vaginal walls, some women will require additional stitches in your cervix or at the top of the vagina depending on the prolapse.
What our patients say
“I’ve had a wonderful level of care. Nurses, Anaesthetist and consultant have all been fantastic. Surgery went well so I am extremely happy. Receptionists were also very helpful and friendly”
After the procedure material will be used to pack your vagina in order to stem any bleeding. These will be removed within 1-2 days. You may also be required to have a catheter inserted in order to drain any urine.
The average hospital stay is 3-5 days for vaginal prolapse surgery. This will give you time to recover in our comfortable and friendly facility. Once you able to move around confidently and your able to pass urine with no issues you will be able to return home.
Rest and recovery should continue for several weeks after your surgery and you may need to continue taking pain relief. You will be advised to avoid heavy lifting during the first 2-4 weeks and strenuous sport for a minimum of four weeks.
Any stitches that you have received during your operation should dissolve in around 10-14 days. There will be no need to return to have them removed.
Risks and side effects
The risk of vaginal prolapse surgery complications is very low. Most women will make a speedy and healthy recovery. However, complications from the surgery itself could include injury to the uterus, a bladder or rectum perforation, or a recurrence of the prolapse. Some side effects after the operation may include bleeding, persistent pain, infection and blood clots.