Is pelvic organ prolapse serious?

Though often bothersome, pelvic organ prolapse usually is not serious. Some patients do not even have symptoms. It is generally not life-threatening and often can be treated effectively. Potential complications that may be cause for concern in severe cases include the risk of kidney damage or recurrent urinary tract infections if urine flow is blocked and the potential for developing urinary or bowel incontinence.

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is usually not serious and/or life threatening, but can cause significant amount of problems. The main problems that people have with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, and problems with emptying their bowels or bladder. If the patient has severe pelvic organ prolapse (POP), there is a possibility that there could be a kinking of the urethra which could cause urinary outflow obstruction and could lead to bladder infections or kidney infections. Lastly, there is a rare possibility that there could be a kinking of the ureter, which is the tube that brings urine from the kidneys to the bladder, this could cause a backup of urine into the kidneys and could cause kidney failure. Some patients may have severe constipation and if not remedied than this can lead to future health problems.

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