Treatment of Rectal and Bladder Prolapse
As we get older, our organs can shift their position as a result of pregnancy, childbirth or extra weight, which can stretch and weaken the muscles that support our pelvic organs. A group of muscles and ligaments referred to as “the pelvic floor” aids support to the uterus, colon, small bowel, and bladder.
If pelvic floor muscles become weak, your organs may drop and protrude into the vagina, making you feel like something is falling out of your vagina or you may have a feeling of fullness or pain. As a result, you may also have trouble holding your urine or having a bowel movement.
Your treatment will depend on the type of pelvic organ prolapse you’re experiencing. Your OB-GYN may initially suggest treating your prolapse using non-surgical methods. However, if the symptoms significantly affect the patient’s quality of life, surgery may be needed.
Medications: Menopause typically leads to lower estrogen levels, which tends to weaken the muscles of the vagina. Estrogen therapy may help to strengthen these muscles.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy – including pelvic floor exercises – can help strengthen specific muscles of the pelvic floor.
Surgery: Your OB-GYN may choose minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery – including robot-assisted surgery – to treat some types of pelvic organ prolapse.
There are different surgical strategies for the various types of prolapse:
- Posterior prolapse, which involves the rectum is sometimes referred to as a rectocele. Your OB-GYN will secure the connective tissue that ties together your vagina and rectum to help the rectum maintain its position.
- Anterior prolapse often involves the bladder and is referred to a cystocele. Your OB-GYN will lift your bladder up and secure the connective tissue located between your bladder and vagina to help the bladder maintain its position.
- Uterine prolapse is treated with removal of the uterus if the patient has no plans to have children.
- Small bowel prolapse and vaginal vault prolapse is referred to as enterocele and your OB-GYN may perform corrective surgery through the vagina or abdomen.
Prolapse surgery repairs take care the tissue bulge, but if the bulge doesn’t bother you – which is quite common – surgery is not needed.
If you would like more information about the treatment of rectal and bladder prolapse and need a caring and experienced OB-GYN then you can rely on the professional and caring staff at New Beginnings OB-GYN under the direction of Dr. Rania Ibrahim in Conroe, TX.
Don’t wait – call us today at (936) 441-8635 to schedule your confidential consultation.
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Dr. Rania Ibrahim is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a Medical Practice located in Montgomery County, serving patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia, Texas. New Beginnings Ob/Gyn offers many services including Prenatal care, treatment of hot flashes and menopause symptoms, treatment of endometriosis and painful periods, uterine ablation, routine well women exams, infertility treatment, as well as treatments of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
You can work together from the initial consultation to the implementation of your own personal birth plan, and follow-up. Dr. Rania Ibrahim has enormous experience in high risk obstetrics. She is a skilled surgeon and has an excellent and caring team.
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is sympathetic to the needs of women. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery and performs robotic (DaVinci) assisted myomectomies and hysterectomies.
New Beginnings OB-GYN proudly serves the residents of Montgomery County, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Magnolia, Texas.
Note: Hospital deliveries and procedures are conveniently offered at Conroe Regional Medical Center, CHI-St Luke’s-The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann Medical Center-The Woodlands