What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse develops when the pelvic floor muscles and tissues weaken and gradually stop supporting your pelvic organs. Prolapse can happen after menopause, childbirth or a hysterectomy. During pelvic organ prolapse, organs like the bladder or rectum push into the vaginal wall causing pain or intense pressure.
If you experience urine leakage or tissues bulging past your vaginal opening, consult your health care provider for a proper diagnosis. At The Women’s Health Group, we offer minimally invasive surgery options to help you quickly restore your quality of life.
What Is a Sacrocolpopexy Procedure?
Sacrocolpopexy is a surgical procedure that treats pelvic organ prolapse. During a sacrocolpopexy, a surgeon attaches a surgical mesh onto the prolapsed pelvic organs. They then connect the mesh to the lower area of the spinal column to keep your organs in position. Over time, new connective tissues will grow onto the mesh and create a new ligament to keep your organs in place.
Pelvic organ prolapse often takes the form of bladder prolapse, in which the bladder presses against the wall of the vagina to dislocate it. During fallen bladder surgery, your surgeon will pull together the torn tissues surrounding the bladder to strengthen the vaginal wall to prevent prolapse.
What Is Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy?
Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy is a common, minimally invasive surgical procedure. To begin, your doctor makes small incisions on the abdomen. They may inflate your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas to create space to perform the surgery. A small tube with a camera known as a laparoscope then passes through the incisions to allow your doctor to see your organs.
Once the doctor can identify the prolapsed organs, they attach a piece of surgical mesh to the front and back vaginal walls to suspend the vagina back into its normal position.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Sacrocolpopexy?
The typical recovery time for a sacrocolpopexy is around six weeks. If you work in a high-stress industry, consider taking more time off to rest. Some best practices to speed up your recovery time include:
- Taking laxatives to keep your bowels clear.
- Gently washing your vagina twice a day for the first two weeks.
- Avoiding sexual intercourse for six weeks after the procedure.
Learn More About Our Prolapse Reconstruction Services
If you have received a pelvic organ prolapse diagnosis, make an appointment at a Women’s Health Group location near you to learn more about our prolapse reconstruction services.