Vaginal repair surgery or prolapse repair

This procedure is used to repair sinking of the vaginal wall (prolapse) or bulging that occurs when the bladder, rectum or urethra sink into the vagina.

Symptoms of prolapse include:

  • You may not be able to empty your bladder or your rectum completely.
  • Your bladder may feel full all the time.
  • You may feel pressure in your vagina.
  • You may be able to feel or see a bulging at the opening of the vagina.
  • You may have pain when you have sex.
  • You may leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or lift something.
  • You may get bladder infections.

A bladder repair or TVT-O procedure may be added to treat stress incontinence (leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, or lift).

Before doing this surgery, your health care provider may have you learn pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegel exercises), use estrogen cream in your vagina, or try a device called a pessary in your vagina to hold up the prolapse.

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