Prolapse"" refers to a descending or drooping of organs. Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the prolapse or drooping of any of the pelvic floor organs, including:
• Small bowel
Anything that puts increased pressure in the abdomen can lead to pelvic organ prolapse. Common causes include:
• Pregnancy, labor, and childbirth (the most common causes)
• Respiratory problems with a chronic, long-term cough
• Pelvic organ cancers
• Surgical removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)
HOW IS PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE DIAGNOSED?
A Gynecologist diagnoses Pelvic Organ Prolapse by examining the medical history of the patient and conducting a physical examination including a pelvic exam and other tests such as cystoscopy, CT scan, and many more.
HOW IS PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE TREATED?
Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse includes doing exercises that helps in combating the related symptoms. Surgery is also important in cases where the organ suffers from serious compression issues, especially uterus surgery or (hysterectomy) is common. A device called a pessary is also used to ease urination and bowel problems. Kegel exercises are also recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Performing pelvic training exercises (Kegel exercise) after childbirth can help in preventing pelvic prolapse.