When the muscles and ligaments in your vagina become weak the organs (including your bladder, bowel or uterus) they support may push forward or prolapse.
What is vaginal prolapse surgery?
When the muscles and ligaments in your vagina become weak, the organs (including your bladder, bowel or uterus) they support may push forward or prolapse.
In addition, your vagina walls may weaken causing your vagina to fall forward toward the opening of your vagina (called vaginal vault prolapse).
Vaginal prolapse is very common in women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). This is because the uterus supports the top of your vagina. Other causes include childbirth and hormonal changes in menopause.
Is vaginal prolapse surgery right for me?
If your vaginal prolapse does not respond to conservative treatment, your consultant may recommend vaginal prolapse surgery.
What happens during vaginal prolapse surgery?
Vaginal prolapse surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic. In some cases, it can be performed as laparoscopic surgery.
Your consultant will make incisions inside your vagina and strengthen the supporting tissues with stitches. At the end of your procedure, they may insert a catheter into your bladder to drain urine and your vagina may be packed with material to prevent bleeding, which will be removed before you go home.
Recovery from vaginal prolapse surgery
Your length of hospital stay will depend on the level of surgery performed and your recovery. Our team of specialist physiotherapists will provide expert treatment, rehabilitation and advice during your hospital stay, and if appropriate follow-up as an outpatient to support your full recovery.
Why choose Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital for your vaginal prolapse surgery
At Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital our experienced gynaecologists, provide you with quick access to treatment with a treatment plan which is personalised to you.
How to book a consultation with our experts at St Bartholomew's Hospital
Booking a consultation to see one of our gynaecologists at St Bartholomew's Hospital is easy. Simply call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 020 3386 9006 and they will book you a consultation at a time and date convenient for you.
Alternatively, if you are unsure about the consultation process or vaginal prolapse surgery, our enquiry team will be more than happy to answer your questions.
38 Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 7BS
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