Pelvic organ prolapse is caused by weakness of the vagina allowing a structure behind the vagina to drop down into the vaginal canal. This can be caused by childbirth, surgery (such as hysterectomy), age or secondary to obesity. The various types of prolapse are defined by the structure that is behind the bulge.
- Bladder (cystocele): A cystocele occurs when the wall between the bladder and the vagina weakens allowing the bladder to bulge into the vagina.
- Small bowel (enterocele): An enterocele usually only occurs after a hysterectomy when weakness in the top of the vagina allows small bowel to bulge into the vagina.
- Rectum (rectocele): A rectocele occurs when the wall between the rectum and the vagina weakens allowing the front wall of the rectum to push into the vagina.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse vary based on the type. Women can report a feeling of pressure in the vagina, pain during intercourse, difficulty emptying the bladder, or constipation. Significant prolapse is a major detriment to quality of life for many woman and we at Pikes Peak Urology are committed to its correction. We offer state of the art vaginal as well as robotic surgery designed to correct the underlying anatomical defect while minimizing pain and recovery time.
Please call Pikes Peak Urology to schedule a consultation if you have any of the symptoms above or if you have questions regarding the appropriate treatment of this distressing disorder. Contact us today at (719) 531-7007 to learn about our treatments for pelvic organ prolapse in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.