Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment from Ogden Clinic

Many women around Utah experience pelvic organ prolapse, such as a prolapsed uterus or bladder, at some point in their lives, and while it is generally not a life-threatening emergency, it is something that can be treated through minimally invasive means from Dr. Amber Bradshaw-Whitear at Ogden Clinic.

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when a pelvic organ slips out of place, due to the weakening of the supportive structures. One of the most common symptoms of this issue is a sensation of pelvic pressure or a protrusion of tissue from the vagina. Patients often describe pelvic organ prolapse as “feeling a bulge” or the sensation that something is “falling out of the vagina”.

Because our anatomical structures respond to gravity, the severity of symptoms may come and go depending on the body position. Patients in Layton, Kaysville, Syracuse, Hooper, Brigham City, Bountiful, and surrounding communities with a prolapsed uterus, bladder, or other pelvic organ might notice that symptoms are mild or unnoticeable while lying down, and typically worsen as the day progresses, after hours of standing, squatting, or other common daily activities. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have pelvic organ prolapse:

  • Pelvic pressure/heaviness
  • Urinary problems, especially at night. This can be a frequent urge to urinate, or involuntary urination
  • Problems with bowel movements, including constipation, or the need to support the back of the vaginal wall in order to have a bowel movement
  • The sensation that something is falling out of the vagina

Treatment for a prolapsed uterus, bladder, or other pelvic organ at Ogden Clinic can be performed by Dr. Amber Bradshaw-Whitear including:

  • Pessary: plastic device placed in the vagina to keep structures in place
  • Anterior or posterior repair: for bladder or rectal prolapse
  • Uterosacral ligament suspension or sacrocolpopexy: repair for vaginal prolapse

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