Surgical Treatments for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
When first-line therapies such as physical therapy do not provide complete relief from pelvic organ prolapse, women have a number of surgical options that can help minimize, if not, alleviate, symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse.
Laparoscopic surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse has provided many women with relief from the discomfort and pain associated with this condition.
- Hysterectomy – Performed minimally invasively, this procedure to remove the uterus is used to treat uterine prolapse and is commonly performed on postmenopausal women or for women who do not want more children.
- Vaginal vault suspension – This surgery is performed for women who suffer from vaginal vault prolapse. The vagina is attached to strong tissue in the pelvis or to the sacral bone located at the base of the spine.
- Cystocele and rectocele repair – Through an incision in the vaginal wall, prolapsed organs are pushed up into proper place and secured, closing the vaginal wall to keep the organ in its normal position.
- Robotic Sacrocopopexy – Through small abdominal incisions, mesh is inserted and used to hold the pelvic organs in their correct, natural position. This minimally invasive surgery for total vaginal prolapse is sometimes performed after a hysterectomy to hold the pelvic organs in place and provide support for the vagina.