There are numerous surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The most common surgery is an anterior and posterior repair. This is a procedure where the connective tissue is "bustled up" to help remedy the bulging of the bladder or the rectum into the vagina. In my opinion this is a poor procedure and it carries a high failure rate. I believe that the best treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is repairing the hernia or connective tissue defect and reinforcing this with some type of synthetic or biologic mesh. These surgeries can be performed abdominally, vaginally, or laparoscopically. It is important to talk to your doctor about his or her way of treating these problems and if you are not satisfied then seek a second opinion from someone who specializes in this type of surgery - a urogynecologist.
- Q What is a pessary?
- Q How do vaginal support devices treat pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q When is the vaginal gauze removed after colpopexy surgery?
- Q Can all women with pelvic organ prolapse be treated with pessaries?
- Q Is surgery necessary if I have pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q How do I do the exercises that treat pelvic organ prolapse?