Overview of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the organs inside the pelvis (found between the waist and thighs), slip from their normal positions. Normally, muscles and tissues in the pelvic region support the pelvic organs and hold them in place. There are several causes of pelvic organ prolapse such as vaginal childbirth, genetic predisposition, connective tissue disorders, advanced age and being overweight.
Read more information about pelvic organ prolapse symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment
Prolapse can often be treated with non-surgical options, such as pelvic floor physical therapy or a pessary (a supportive vaginal insert). For others, surgery is the best option. In most cases, laparoscopic or robotic surgery options, which are less invasive and provide faster recovery, are available. Another option is abdominal repair, which can often be done in a minimally invasive fashion using robotic or laparoscopic techniques.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type of pelvic organ prolapse and personal preferences. Options may include: