The vagina and pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus and rectum. When the ligaments and muscles that support these organs lose strength, the pelvic organs can slip out of place, or prolapse. When this happens, it can lead to any of these organs shifting, or falling, from their normal position into and sometimes through the vagina.
Women with this condition often experience a vaginal bulge, pelvic or vaginal pressure, sexual dysfunction, urinary leakage, and in more severe cases, women can difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement. This condition can worsen over time and usually requires surgery.
This is an increasing common condition for women — it is estimated that about 1 in 7 women will have pelvic organ prolapsed in their lives. Several risk factors have been identified as risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse, these include: heavy lifting, obesity, childbearing and menopause.
To diagnosis pelvic organ prolapsed, your physicians will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms, conduct a pelvic exam and may do additional testing to evaluate bladder function and pelvic floor muscle strength.
Albany Med’s surgeons have extensive experience with procedures to fix pelvic organ prolapse, including minimally invasive techniques that require only small incisions, which may result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.