The Female Pelvic Health Center
760 Newtown-Yardley Road, Suite 115
Newtown, PA 18940
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Prolapse

The Female Pelvic Health Center offers treatment options for many types of prolapse.

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Types of Prolapse:

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

Prolapse affects approximately 40 percent of women, to some degree, and can be caused by vaginal childbirth, prior surgery and repetitive coughing or straining. It is further exacerbated by low estrogen resulting from menopause. It occurs when there is weakness or damage to the normal support of the pelvic floor, which holds up the pelvic organs. If the muscles of the pelvic floor and layers of connective tissue, which are called fascia, become weakened, stretched, or are torn the pelvic organs may fall downward. In severe cases, women may feel or see tissue coming out of the opening of their vagina. This can worsen over time.

Cystocele Prolapse

Female Pelvic Health Center - Bucks County PA Cystocele ProlapseAlso known as Dropped Bladder or Anterior Prolapse, occurs when the supportive tissue between a woman's bladder and vaginal wall weakens and stretches, allowing the bladder to bulge into the vagina. Straining the muscles that support your pelvic organs could lead to this condition. Such straining occurs during vaginal childbirth or with chronic constipation, violent coughing or heavy lifting. This also tends to cause problems after menopause, when estrogen levels decrease. For mild conditions nonsurgical treatment is often effective. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to keep the vagina and other pelvic organs in their proper positions.

Uterine Prolapse

Female Pelvic Health Center - Bucks County PA Uterine ProlapseUterine Prolapse is a condition when a woman's uterus sags or slips out of its normal position. The uterus is held in place by a group of muscles and ligaments. Several factors can contribute to the weakening of these muscles and ligaments, causing the uterus to sag. These factors include the loss of muscle tone as women age, injury due to childbirth (especially women who have had many babies or large babies), obesity, chronic coughing and chronic constipation. Any of these factors can place added tension on the pelvic muscles. While mild cases of uterine prolapse often have no symptoms, more severe cases can actually interfere with bowel, bladder, and sexual functions.

Vaginal Vault Prolapse

Female Pelvic Health Center - Bucks County PA Vaginal Vault ProlapseVaginal vault prolapse occurs when the upper portion of the vagina loses its normal shape and sags or drops down into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina. Vaginal Vault Prolapse is usually caused by weakness of the pelvic and vaginal tissues and muscles. It happens most in women who have had their uterus removed in a hysterectomy. Symptoms include pelvic heaviness, backache, vaginal bleeding and a mass bulging into the vaginal canal or out of the vagina that may make standing and walking difficult.

Rectocele Prolapse

Female Pelvic Health Center - Bucks County PA Rectocele ProlapseAlso known as Rectum Prolapse, occurs when there is a break in the supportive layer of the vaginal wall. When there is a loss of support, the rectal wall will come into contact with the vaginal skin and create a bulge. The bulge will usually increase in size with bearing down, especially when having a bowel movement.

Prolapse Treatment Options

Minimally Invasive Surgery

When surgical treatment options are indicated, the Center performs leading edge techniques that have dramatically increased success rates and enhanced patient care and recovery. These often fall under the category of Minimally Invasive Surgery, which we recommend and perform whenever possible. Two key benefits of minimally invasive surgery for female pelvic conditions are:

  • We avoid making large incisions, and attempt to perform procedures under sedation and local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia.
  • Patients often experience less discomfort following surgery, faster recovery, and less scarring and risk of infection.

Robotic Surgeries

Dr. Molden is experienced in performing robotic surgeries. In fact, she was the first doctor to use the daVinci robotic device at St. Mary Medical Center, where she is also Medical Director of their acclaimed robotics program.

Pessaries

Pessaries don’t fix prolapses but they can reduce or lessen the symptoms of prolapse and help you live more comfortably. A non-surgical option, a pessary is inserted during an office visit and does not need an anesthetic. If used correctly, you won’t be able to feel it and can resume normal activities.

Call today to set up a consultation. 215-504-8900