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Is there a cure for pelvic organ prolapse?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In many cases, pelvic organ prolapse can be cured or resolved with effective treatment. Surgery often can repair the damage caused by the descent of a pelvic organ into the vagina. Kegel exercises and lifestyle changes often can improve such symptoms as urinary or bowel incontinence. However, not all treatment is successful, and there is always a risk that symptoms will recur.

Pelvic organ prolapse can be corrected with physical therapy, vaginal support devices and/or surgery. Like many other types of reconstructive surgery, symptoms can return given time. The duration of clinical cure depends on many factors including but not limited to: surgeon’s skill, surgical technique, the person’s healing and tissue, and the person’s levels of activity.

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health

"Cure" for pelvic organ prolapse depends upon the extent of the weakening and descent of the pelvic organs. In severe cases, surgery may be required to replace the organs. However, most cases are more mild and the symptoms can be well controlled with pelvic floor muscle strengthening. Recent research shows very positive results with a systematic training program involving physical therapists, nurse practitioners and other professionals.

Although you can have surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse, you cannot cure it on your own—in other words, there's little you can do to make your pelvic organ prolapse go away. Kegel exercises can help your symptoms. Avoiding anything that increases inter-abdominal pressure, like chronic coughing or obesity, can help symptoms and potentially help to prevent the progression of prolapse.

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

In many cases, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can be cured by vaginal estrogen treatment and Kegel exercises. dome patients may need pessary treatment. If this is not successful and the pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is significant enough to cause changes in the patient's bowel or bladder habits or causing chronic problems with pelvic pressure or pelvic pain, surgery is then an option. Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) involves the use of grafts to repair the vaginal hernis's. Mesh augmentation often carries a very high success rate with minimal risks. An uncommon risk of surgery is vaginal mesh erosion which is from 2 to 7 percent. Other risks of surgery are damage to bowel, bladder or internal organs as well as possible pain with intercourse. It is very importat to consult with your doctor about his/her surgical experience with vaginal mesh and find out the pros and cons for surgical repair.

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