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Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Surgery for Uterine ProlapseProlapso del ³rgano p©lvico: Cirug­a para prolapso uterino

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Surgery for Uterine Prolapse

Cutaway view of uterus and vagina
Uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse is when the uterus drops into the vagina. In severe cases, the uterus can protrude from the vagina. The goal of surgery is to repair the problem and relieve your symptoms.

Cutaway view of uterus and vagina
Hysterectomy

The Surgical Procedure

Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and surgery to support the vagina are done to repair uterine prolapse. This type of surgery can be performed through the vagina or abdomen. Sutures (stitches) are used to attach the vagina to strong tissue in the pelvis. This supports the top part of the vagina. During surgery, other procedures may be done to prevent vaginal vault prolapse.

Possible Risks and Complications of Surgery

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Risks of anesthesia

  • Damage to nerves, muscles, or nearby pelvic structures

  • Blood clots

  • Prolapse of the pelvic organ or organs occurring again

Your Incisions

During surgery, the doctor reaches your pelvic organs through the vagina or the abdomen. An incision may be made in the vagina wall. If incisions are made on the abdomen (lower belly), they can be vertical (up and down) or transverse (across.).

Incision site
Incision made in vaginal wall

Incision site
Abdominal incisions

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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