Approximately one out of three women aged 45 or older suffer from some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. By age 80, more than one out of every 10 women will have undergone surgery for prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and the connective tissues holding the vagina in place give way. Once the vagina becomes displaced, the bladder above and the rectum below become affected.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty voiding
- Urinary frequency
- Bowel movement problems
- Feelings of pelvic or vaginal heaviness, bulging, fullness or pain
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Excessive vaginal discharge
- Discomfort or lack of sensation during intercourse
Aging is a common cause of pelvic prolapse, but other causes may include:
- Loss of muscle tone
- Menopause and estrogen loss
- Multiple vaginal deliveries
- Family history
- Pelvic trauma or previous surgery
- Repeated heavy lifting
- Chronic constipation
- Connective tissue disorders
But you don’t have to suffer.
Gynecare Prolift™ is a minimally invasive procedure and promises long-term results. A soft, synthetic mesh is specially designed for easy placement and durability and is used to support the pelvic organs. The procedure normally takes only one to two hours. For most patients, the recovery is quick and you can expect to go home the next day.
Women’s Care Group has two physicians who perform Gynecare Prolift: Dr. Pleas Copas (at Tennova Turkey Creek and UT Medical centers) and Dr. Patrick Morgan (at Blount Memorial).
To find out more about Gynecare Prolift, please schedule a consultation. After a thorough exam and physical history, we’ll be able to assess if Gynecare Prolift is the best treatment option for you. We look forward to hearing from you.