Some people with prolapse who have either no or mild incontinence may be at risk for developing incontinence. Correcting the prolapse may reveal some hidden incontinence.
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The side effects of surgery for uterine prolapse depend to a large extent on the type of procedure. Some procedures may increase the chance of developing prolapse of another pelvic organ or tissue, such as the bladder (resulting in a cystocele). Uterine prolapse surgery may also cause bleeding, a hematoma (an abnormal collection of blood in the tissues), nerve damage, painful intercourse, difficulties with urination, and recurrence of the prolapse. Surgery may also be associated with the usual side effects and risks of anesthesia, which may prohibit the use of surgery in women with major health problems.