Pelvic Floor Prolapse
Weakness in your pelvic floor can cause a variety of complications, including pelvic floor prolapse. Your pelvic floor supports many organs, and weakness can allow those organs to slide out of place.
The team of board-certified urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta diagnoses pelvic floor prolapse and offers personalized treatments to keep your pelvic organs in place and relieve your symptoms. Call or make an appointment online at one of our offices in Georgia for expert urological care.
What Is Pelvic Floor Prolapse?
Pelvic floor prolapse is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when a pelvic organ slides out of place.
Your pelvic floor supports many organs, and weakness or trauma to that cradle of muscle can allow an organ to become displaced.
Some of the organs that are vulnerable to prolapse include your:
One or more of your pelvic organs can prolapse. In many cases, the organ descends into your vagina and can even protrude from your body.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Prolapse?
Pelvic floor prolapse causes several uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pressure in your lower abdomen or pelvis
- Seeing or feeling a bulge in your vagina
- Pelvic pressure that becomes more intense throughout the day or when you cough
- Problems inserting a tampon
- Painful intercourse
Your symptoms may become more severe during physical activity or after spending a long time on your feet.
How Is Pelvic Floor Prolapse Diagnosed?
Pelvic floor prolapse is usually diagnosed during a physical exam. Your healthcare provider will ask you to do several maneuvers, such as bearing down with your muscles or squatting, that can help reveal any bulging of the pelvic organs.
Your doctor might also order additional diagnostics, such as urodynamic testing or imaging studies like CT scans, to gather more data about your condition. These tests will give a more detailed image of the inside of your pelvis and can detect other issues like cysts or tumors.
What Are the Treatment Methods for Pelvic Floor Prolapse?
Your urologist provides a personalized treatment plan to address pelvic floor prolapse. Depending on your needs, they might recommend a pessary. A pessary is a small device that you insert into your vagina to increase support to your pelvic organs.
Your doctor might also recommend pelvic physical therapy, including Kegel exercises, to strengthen your pelvic floor.
In severe cases, you might need surgery such as sacrocolpopexy to repair your pelvic floor. The urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta are experienced in both open and minimally invasive robotic surgical techniques.
If you have any signs of pelvic prolapse, call Urology of Greater Atlanta or request an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and personalized treatment! We have many locations throughout Georgia for your convenience.
Our urologist team operates out of several offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.