Pelvic Organ Prolapse FAQ 

What is pelvic reconstruction?
Pelvic Reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair prolapse and relieve its symptoms. It’s often performed vaginally, and it involves the use of an implant to reinforce the strength of your weakened tissues.

Who performs pelvic reconstruction?
Gynecologists, uro-gynecologists, or urologists are all surgeons who specialize in pelvic reconstruction.

Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?
Pelvic Reconstruction is often minimally invasive, which means the procedures can be done through the vagina. Sometimes an overnight hospital stay is required, but in some cases you can return home that same day. 

Is pelvic reconstruction right for everyone?
Different women experience different types of prolapse. For some, pelvic reconstruction might not be the right treatment—for example, since pregnancy and vaginal childbirth can cause a recurrence of the prolapse after surgical repair, it’s usually best to wait until childbearing is complete before surgically correcting your prolapse. Your doctor can tell you what the best treatment is for your type of pelvic organ prolapse. 

What are the benefits of pelvic reconstruction?
Pelvic reconstruction is designed to restore normal anatomy and give you the best chance at normal quality of life. The goal of pelvic reconstruction is to help a woman resume sexual intimacy without pain; restore continence; and return to regular bowel habits. 

Is there anything I can do to prevent pelvic organ prolapse?
Maintain a weight that is appropriate for your body size and eat a balanced diet. Don't smoke. Correct constipation. Avoid repetitive heavy lifting and jumping. Do Kegel exercises every day.  

How is pelvic organ prolapse diagnosed?
Your doctor can diagnose pelvic organ prolapse through a simple pelvic exam. 

What are some of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
The symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can range from mild to debilitating. They include a feeling of pelvic pressure, feeling as if something is actually falling out of the vagina, a low backache, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, difficulty with bowel movements, or a feeling of fullness in the vagina.  

What causes pelvic organ prolapse?
There are many factors that can cause pelvic organ prolapse—chief among them are pregnancy, hysterectomy and vaginal childbirth.