In women, the front wall of the vagina supports the bladder. This wall can weaken or loosen with age. Significant bodily stress such as childbirth can also damage this part of the vaginal wall. If it deteriorates enough, the bladder can prolapse, meaning it is no longer supported and descends into the vagina. This may trigger problems such as urinary difficulties, discomfort, and stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by sneezing, coughing, and exertion, for example).
Bladder prolapse can be caused by childbirth, menopause, and even frequent lifting or straining. Lifting heavy objects, straining during bowel movements, having a long-term condition that involves coughing, or having long-term constipation may damage the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Symptoms from prolapse can be treated by putting the pelvic organs BACK where they belong. This can be done with surgery or a pessary. The pessary is often a simple, safe solution that does not involve surgical risk or recovery.
First we need to find the right pessary, shape and size. Pessary fitting is done at an office visit, and can take 5-20 minutes. It’s a trial and error process, until we find the right one…[read more].
There are a few different surgical options that provide relief from bladder prolapse. Which one is right for you depends on the position of your bladder and what measures your body can handle…[read more]