Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Pelvic organ prolapse is one of the most common conditions we treat at Norton Urogynecology Center. Many women we see have experienced pain and prolapse symptoms for years. These issues are common and treatable. Our specialists are committed to providing answers and relief by treating, managing and often eliminating symptoms to help women get back to enjoying life.

Norton Healthcare is the leading provider of urogynecologic care in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Our OB/GYN specialists are fellowship trained in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. The Norton Urogynecology Center is a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive SurgeryTM (COEMIG).

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Weakened or damaged muscles and nerves in the pelvic floor can cause pelvic organ prolapse. The bladder, uterus, bowels or vagina can drop down, creating an uncomfortable bulge that feels like pressure. Prolapse may cause an involuntary loss of urine, gas or stool, called urinary and bowel incontinence.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms

Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms may include:

  • Frequent need to go to the bathroom
  • Leaking while laughing or sneezing
  • An inability to “hold it”
  • Pain or pressure in the vagina
  • Feeling a “bulge” or like you are sitting on a ball
  • Painful intercourse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Causes

Childbirth and surgery are common causes of pelvic organ prolapse. Some medical conditions, genetics, obesity, menopause and aging can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and tissues, leading to prolapse. Younger women also can be affected.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Diagnosis

A primary care physician or gynecologist may diagnose pelvic organ prolapse by listening to a woman’s symptoms and performing a pelvic exam. The physician may send the patient to a urogynecologist, who specializes in diagnosing and treating prolapse.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment

Several treatment options are available for pelvic organ prolapse, from physical therapy to advanced minimally invasive surgery. The goal is to improve quality of life by treating, managing and eliminating symptoms of prolapse using an individualized approach for every woman.

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