The goal of pelvic organ prolapse surgery is to relieve symptoms and restore the normal functioning of the pelvic organs. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of the pelvic organs drop from their normal position and into the vagina.
Surgical procedures are one pelvic organ prolapse treatment option. The choice of surgery depends upon the type of pelvic organ prolapse the patient is experiencing, how bad the symptoms are, and what other medical conditions a patient may have.
At Holy Cross Hospital, and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital when it opens on October 1, many of these procedures are performed laparoscopically, a technique in which two or more small incisions are made through which surgeons pass a video camera and instruments.
Sometimes surgeons perform robotic-assisted laparoscopy in which surgeons control a robotic system of surgical tools from outside the body. The technology allows the surgeon to use natural wrist movements and view the process on a screen that shows three-dimensional images.
Other procedures are performed transvaginally—in which surgeons thread instruments through the vagina and into the cervix.
The majority of pelvic organ prolapse surgeries are reconstruction procedures that restore the pelvic organs to the original position. These surgeries may prevent pelvic organ prolapse in the future.
Some procedures will use a natural or synthetic mesh material to hold the prolapsed organ in place. In another type of procedure, surgeons will strengthen the vaginal wall with stiches to keep the prolapsed organ in position. In other cases, surgeons will use the patient’s own tissue and attach it to a ligament to hold organs in place.
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