Ways to Manage Bladder Prolapse may involve:
1. No treatment. Some women have bladder prolapse and do not have bothersome symptoms. You do not need to treat your prolapse if it is:
- not causing you problems
- not blocking your urine flow
2. Behavior therapy. This can include:
- kegel exercises (which help strengthen pelvic floor muscles)
- pelvic floor physical therapy
- a pessary (a vaginal support device)
3. Drug therapy. This includes:
- estrogen replacement therapy
The goal of surgery is to repair your body and improve the way you feel. Surgery can be performed through the vagina or the abdomen. There are several ways the surgery can be done, they include:
- Open surgery- when an incision (cut) is made through the abdomen
- Minimally invasive surgery- uses small incisions (cuts) in the abdomen
- Laparoscopic- the doctor places surgical instruments through the abdominal wall
- Robot-assisted laparoscopic- robotic instruments are placed through the abdominal wall. They are attached to robotic arms, and are controlled by the surgeon.
Before having surgery you should talk with your surgeon. You should learn about the risks, benefits, and other choices/options available. It is of great value to give informed consent to your doctor. This can best be done after your doctor has answered all of your questions.
Make sure to seek treatment if you are experiencing any of the signs of symptoms of prolapse.
Article Updated - April 2020