What is pelvic floor reconstruction?
Pelvic floor reconstruction is a procedure that works to correct a pelvic floor prolapse. A pelvic prolapse is a condition in which organs normally supported by the pelvic floor (namely the bladder, bowel and uterus) herniate or protrude into the vagina. This occurs as a result of damage to the muscles and ligaments making up the pelvic floor support.
When non-surgical treatments aren’t effective, pelvic floor reconstruction is used to restore the normal structure and function of the female pelvic organs. Surgery to correct pelvic support problems can be performed either through the vagina or the abdomen depending on the support problem.
What causes pelvic prolapse?
A pelvic prolapse is a condition that occurs when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weakened or damaged, often due to childbirth. Other causes include repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease, or surgery.
What does the procedure entail?
There are several procedures for correcting pelvic organ prolapse, depending on the type of prolapse (bladder, rectal, uterine or vaginal). Surgical repair of prolapse can be performed through abdominal incisions, incisions high up inside the vagina, or through small incisions in the navel and lower abdomen through which a laparoscope and small instruments are placed.
In the laparoscopic procedure, your medical provider will insert a tiny telescope (laparoscope) through a small incision at the umbilicus. This is attached to a camera-television setup, giving a magnified view of the pelvic floor.
Via three keyhole incisions in the abdomen, the doctor will use specially designed instruments to lift and attach the prolapsed organs back to the ligament and muscle support with many non-absorbable stitches. The sutures act as a bridge allowing scar tissue to form the long-term support.
What is recovery like?
A successful prolapse operation can be expected in over 95% of cases. This generally means restoration of normal pelvic anatomy and in the majority of cases improvement or return to normal of bladder, bowel, and sexual function. Patients may return to normal activity gradually. Each patient will have a unique recovery experience, and we encourage you to speak with your medical provider for an in-depth discussion about to expect.
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