Pelvic Organ Proplase
Pelvic Organ Proplase in Miami
The female’s body undergoes tremendous stressful events during the course their life. Some stressful events include pregnancy, childbirth and certain gynecologic surgeries such as hysterectomy. The pelvis which is the body’s natural support structures can become weak as a result of accumulated stresses over the years. This cause several problems including vaginal prolapsed, chronic constipation and urinary incontinence. These conditions require pelvic reconstructive surgery. Pelvic organ prolapsed is very common and affect women of all ages. Approximately 50% of women over the age of 50 are affected with this condition.
The symptoms of weak pelvic floor are mild to severe and can be debilitating. It often affects peoples’ ability to lead an active life and maintain sexual functions. This problem can be resolved through new technological advances such as pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. It has been successful in correcting the weakened pelvis and alleviates the symptoms associated with the condition. The procedure can help to restore normal functioning and improve the quality of life.
The Avaulta system provides the most modern technological advancement in treating pelvic organ prolapsed. This treatment provides the first step in helping you to return to a normal, active and enjoyable life.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse
This is weakening of structures that support abdominal organs which cause the supporting organ to descend into the vagina. The vagina is in close proximity to organs like the bladder and rectum that are attached by connective tissues and supported by ligaments in the pelvis. These supportive structures form walls around the vagina to facilitate voiding and bowel control. Once the pelvic muscles become weakened the connective tissues reduces in tensility which results in structures such as the bladder or rectum to prolapse and bulges into the vaginal wall.
Some of the symptoms depend on the organ that is prolapsed and include the following:
- Vaginal fullness
- Vaginal pain, ineffective bladder emptying,
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Urinary incontinence
- Recurrent urinary tract infection
- Lower back pain
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Protruding of prolapsed organ through the vagina.
What causes pelvic organ prolapsed?
With advance age the pelvic muscles and connective tissues weaken. Other factors contribute to prolapse such as vaginal childbirth, vaginal surgeries, menopause, diabetes, smoking, heavy lifting, chronic constipation and chronic cough. Aging and genetic makeup play a role in this condition as well.
Types of pelvic organ prolapsed
Vaginal prolapsed occur when an organ descends from its normal position into the vagina. Some prolapsed protrude through the vagina. The prolapsed is named after the organ that has fallen and more than one types of prolapsed can occur at the same time.
This is the invagination of the bladder into the vagina. The connective tissue in the anterior vaginal wall weakens and causes the bladder to drop into the vagina. This is the most common type of pelvic organ prolapsed and is commonly referred to as “dropped bladder”.
This is the invagination of the rectum into the vagina. This is similar to a cystocele but in this type the connective tissue in the posterior wall of the vagina weakens and allows the rectum to descend into the rear floor of the vagina. The rectum bulges down into the vagina and can even protrude through the vagina. This case difficulty and pain during a bowel movement.
This occurs when the small intestine descends into the vagina through the posterior wall. It can protrude through the vaginal opening.
Vaginal vault prolapsed
This type of prolapsed occurs in women who had a hysterectomy. The natural support structures in the vagina that provided support to the uterus is removed in the hysterectomy. This cause the top of the vagina to push down into the lower part of the vagina.
This occurs in women who still have their uterus. A uterine prolapsed occur when the supportive structures that holds the uterus in place weakens. This cause the uterus to descends into the vagina.
Treatment for pelvic organ prolapsed
The treatment depends on the severity of the prolapsed and this is highly individualized. Lifestyle changes and kegel exercises are recommended for mild prolapsed. Pessary can be inserted into the vagina to relieve the symptoms. Severe symptoms that impair the quality of life require surgery which is the most definitive treatment for this condition.
What is the Avaulta system?
This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. A special mesh material is used in the pelvis to restore the strength of weakened tissues in performing the usual supportive functions. The mesh is implanted during a surgical procedure by your gynecologist. The procedure is simple and mesh will provide maximum support to the pelvic muscle. This procedure is done in a very short surgical time.
How does the Avaulta system works?
The mesh is implanted into the pelvis and the body’s natural healing begins which cause the body tissues to grow into the pores of the mesh. The rapid in-growth locks the mesh into place and creates pelvic muscle support. This concept is similar to how a hammock holds your body when you lie in it. This mesh recreates the pelvic floor and restores the normal support of the vaginal wall. The symptoms of organ prolapsed are relieved by this surgery.
How is the Avaulta surgery performed?
This procedure is done through vaginal incision and few tiny sin incisions. It is done in the hospital under regional or general anesthesia and takes only one or two hours. Your doctor will help you make the right decisions regarding surgery.
Post procedure care and healing process
This procedure requires only one night hospital admission. Many patients return home the day after surgery. The healing process begins as soon as the mesh is implanted and it will take six weeks for healing to completely occur. It is important for patients to avoid activities such as sexual intercourse, strenuous exercises and heavy lifting until after six weeks. Your doctor will provide specific post-operative information.
Risks involved in the Avaulta system procedure
There are certain risks and complications associated with this procedure. They are similar to those of any other surgeries. Your doctor will provide information about sign to look for that are associated with the procedure. The synthetic mesh implant has been used safely in many procedures for decades but some risks include extrusion, erosion, infection or inflammation.
What makes the Avaulta system different from other surgeries?
This procedure involves the latest technology in pelvic organ prolapsed repair. It is simple and minimally invasive, can be done in an outpatient setting using tiny incisions. It provides permanent support for pelvic tissues.
You don’t have to suffer in silence from the debilitating symptoms of pelvic organ prolapsed. New and improved procedure like the Avaulta system can improve your life and help you live a fulfilling lifestyle.