Cystoceles and rectoceles can be repaired through a simple incision in the vagina. The operation is known by a number of different names, but they are all equivalent:
- Cystocele repair: anterior vaginal repair or anterior colporrhaphy
- Rectocele repair: posterior vaginal repair or posterior colporrhaphy
The vaginal approach to treating prolapse is simple and quick to recover from, although you are advised not to do any heavy lifting for six weeks after the operation. It involves an incision (cut) on the inside of the vagina and you will usually stay in hospital for only one night. Treating incontinence at the same time is also straightforward as the surgeon can use the same incision so if you suffer from both incontinence and prolapse, treating both in one sitting is often recommended.
At Urology Associates none of our surgeons will recommend nor perform the vaginal placement of synthetic mesh for prolapse. There have been a number of cases across the world, and particularly in the USA, where women who have had vaginal mesh placement for prolapse have suffered complications. Some of these cases have received intense media coverage. If you have been recommended the vaginal placement of mesh for prolapse, we recommend that you seek a second opinion before proceeding with surgery. In some select cases, this may be the correct option for you, but it is important that you understand the risks and benefits.
Our urologists are specially trained in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse - if you suffer from symptoms of prolapse (pain, dragging, bulge or incontinence), make an appointment today. We will be happy to discuss the range of treatment options that suit you best.