Yes, a hysterectomy can increase the risk of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Often times patients are having a hysterectomy due to uterine prolapse and their uterine prolapse is caused by weakness in the connective tissue holding the cervix and uterus in place. During the hysterectomy it is important for your doctor to resuspend the apex of the vagina to good connective tissue. If this is done correctly, then it should remedy any future problems with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If this is not done correctly, the hysterectomy can cause a weakness in the apex of the vagina and this weakness in the apex of the vagina can increase the risk of an enterocele in which intestines are bulging through a hernia at the apex of the vagina.
- Q What are the nonmodifiable risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q When should I call my doctor if I have pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q How can I tell if I have pelvic prolapse?
- Q Does pelvic organ prolapse run in families?
- Q How do other illnesses affect pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q Is pelvic organ prolapse serious?