Colposacropexy Surgery in Laguna Hills, CA
Things change over time, cars have gotten faster and safer, vocabularies now include things like “selfie” and “selfie-stick,” and phones have shrunk from a briefcase-sized contraption to a pocket computer. However, many people don’t apply the same concept of change to surgery. Surgeries evolve too; some fall out of favor and others enter the spotlight. One of the newest surgeries, a colposacropexy, is an altered procedure for pelvic organ prolapse and claims to reduce recovery and post-surgery pain.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman’s pelvic organs (including the bladder, vagina, cervix and uterus) weaken, causing the organs to descend from their original locations. Symptoms of prolapse include:
- Pelvic pressure
- Painful sex
- Spotting or bleeding
- Frequent UTI
- Urinary incontinence
- Visible protruding of tissue out the vaginal opening
Treatment for Prolapse
Prolapse is not a transient (temporary) condition; it will gradually get worse as time progresses. To keep pelvic prolapse - vaginal prolapse in particular - at bay, various non-surgical treatments may be recommended. Estrogen therapy, electrical stimulation, Kegel exercises, lifestyle changes, or a ring pessary (a removable plastic retainer to support the vagina) are popular options.
However for those with severe or advanced vaginal prolapse, surgery is strongly preferred, and may - in fact - be the only option.
Today, prolapse surgeries are usually performed laparoscopically. This means surgery is performed with the aid of tools that require a minimal amount of invasiveness. Resembling skiing poles to some extent, one will contain a camera and light to view the area being operated on, and others will hold the necessary tools and clamps.
The colposacropexy procedure uses a synthetic mesh with built-in collagen, ensuring it interacts perfectly with the body. The mesh graft is attached to the outside of the vaginal wall and then anchored to the sacrospinous ligament (a strong pelvic ligament). This graft acts as a replacement for the original support previously provided by the weakened muscles and ligaments. In total, recovery time will typically span 12-weeks, but individual experiences may vary.
One of the best aspects of the colposacropexy is that adjustment and tensioning of the graft can be performed with only one incision. This is a necessary step in the proper fitting of a supportive vaginal graft. Other procedures may require a much more invasive means of adjusting the graft tension.
If you - or someone you know - suffers from vaginal or pelvic organ prolapse, a colposacropexy may be the surgical option for you.
Request more information about Colposacropexy surgery today. Call (949) 829-4929 or contact Dr. Margaret Audell online.
Orange Coast Women's Medical Group
Address24411 Health Center Dr.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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