Vaginal Prolapse Surgery

Vaginal prolapse is commonly treated by surgery. The 3 organs commonly involved are bladder, uterus and bowel. It's estimated that 1 in 10 women will have surgery for prolapse by the time they're 80 years old.

One of the main surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse involves improving support for the pelvic organs. This may involve stitching prolapsed organs back into place and supporting the existing tissues to make them stronger. Pelvic organ repair may be done through incisions in the vagina. The common vaginal prolapse operations are: Anterior and Posterior Colporrhaphy for bladder prolapse [cystocoele] and bowel prolapse [rectocoele] respectively.

If the uterus [womb] is prolapsed, then removing it during a hysterectomy often helps the surgeon to give better support to the rest of the vagina and reduce the chance of a prolapse returning. Hysterectomy should only be done if the woman does not wish to have any more children.

Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy and Sacrospinous Fixation are surgical procedures to ‘lift’ the prolapse vault following hysterectomy for vault prolapse.

Laparoscopic hysteropexy is a surgical procedure to ‘lift’ the prolapsed uterus enabling the patient to retain her uterus.