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How is pelvic organ prolapse treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse where other treatment methods have not alleviated the symptoms, surgery may be the treatment of choice. During this type of surgery, a surgeon repairs the weakened or damaged portion of the pelvic muscles and connective tissue and pushes the protruding organ back into place. In some cases the upper part of the vagina is surgically attached to a nearby bone for support. A mesh may be used if necessary to keep the organ in place. The surgeon may also make repairs to resolve urinary or bowel incontinence if that is an issue. The operation may be done through the vagina or an incision may be made in the abdominal wall. Because of the structures involved, surgery is usually only performed on women who are not planning to have more children.

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