Question: What Can You Not Do After Prolapse Surgery?

When should you have surgery for prolapse?

Consider surgery if the prolapse is causing pain, if you are having problems with your bladder and bowels, or if the prolapse is making it hard for you to do activities you enjoy.

An organ can prolapse again after surgery.

Surgery in one part of your pelvis can make a prolapse in another part worse..

Can a prolapse cause back ache?

Pelvic organ prolapse can produce varying degrees of discomfort and a variety of symptoms. The most common complaints are leg fatigue, low back pain, and a feeling of pelvic pressure, or bearing down. Some women say they feel as though they’re sitting on a lump.

How do I know if my prolapse is severe?

Signs and symptoms of moderate to severe uterine prolapse include:Sensation of heaviness or pulling in your pelvis.Tissue protruding from your vagina.Urinary problems, such as urine leakage (incontinence) or urine retention.Trouble having a bowel movement.More items…•

How long does it take for stitches to dissolve after prolapse surgery?

There will be many stitches in the vagina after this surgery. The stitches will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed. The stitches take approximately 4-8 weeks to dissolve. As long as they are there you will notice occasional vaginal bleeding or spotting.

How long does pain last after prolapse surgery?

For a few months after this operation you are likely to feel discomfort when sitting. This is because there are stitches deep in the wound which can take up to five months to dissolve. We advise that you take painkillers and persevere with the pain as once the stitches have dissolved the pain will settle.

What happens if prolapse is left untreated?

If prolapse is left untreated, over time it may stay the same or slowly get worse. In rare cases, severe prolapse can cause obstruction of the kidneys or urinary retention (inability to pass urine). This may lead to kidney damage or infection.

What can you not do after bladder prolapse surgery?

Steer clear of strenuous tasks, standing still for long periods and lifting anything heavier than half a kettle of water – some surgeons may advise avoiding heavy lifting in the long-term, too. Avoid smoking, as a ‘smoker’s cough’ can strain your pelvic floor muscles.

What is a Stage 3 prolapse?

The four categories of uterine prolapse are: Stage I – the uterus is in the upper half of the vagina. Stage II – the uterus has descended nearly to the opening of the vagina. Stage III – the uterus protrudes out of the vagina. Stage IV – the uterus is completely out of the vagina.

Can you feel a prolapsed uterus with your finger?

Insert 1 or 2 fingers and place over the front vaginal wall (facing the bladder) to feel any bulging under your fingers, first with strong coughing and then with sustained bearing down. A definite bulge of the wall under your fingers indicates a front vaginal wall prolapse.

How long is hospital stay for prolapse surgery?

You’ll be asleep during the operation and you will usually need to stay in hospital for 1 to 3 days afterwards. A few women have had serious complications after mesh surgery. Some, but not all, of these complications can also happen after other types of surgery.

How serious is prolapse surgery?

Pelvic organ prolapse surgery also carries the same risks as most operations: infection, bleeding and blood clots. Your doctor could also injure nearby organs during the procedure. With mesh placed in the vagina, there’s a risk of pain and infection, and also that the mesh will erode.

What is a stage 4 prolapse?

The worst case (stage 4) is when organs like the uterus push through the vaginal wall and can be completely outside the body. Your OBGYN at South Florida Women’s Care can determine the stage of a patient’s pelvic organ prolapse by doing a simple pelvic exam.

What is the recovery time after prolapse surgery?

You may need about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover from open surgery and 1 to 2 weeks to recover from laparoscopic surgery or vaginal surgery. It is important to avoid heavy lifting while you are recovering, so that your incision can heal.

Can a prolapse return after surgery?

As a consequence, some women have a persistence or recurrence of their prolapse after surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations: some patients cannot be cured. Surgery may result in fewer symptoms, but all of your symptoms may not be relieved.