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Pelvic prolapse is when the muscles and other tissues in a woman's pelvis become weak and allow the pelvic organs, such as the uterus or bladder, to bulge into the vagina.
Doctors at The Institute for Gynecologic Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provide patients top rated care for urogynecologic conditions including pelvic organ prolapse. Our gynecologists are experienced in the use of minimally invasive treatment options for complex cases.
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when pelvic organs, such as the bladder or uterus, drop from their position in the lower belly and push against the walls of the vagina. This typically can happen when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched from childbirth or surgery.
Symptoms range from mild to severe and include:
A pelvic exam and a review of your medical history are used to properly diagnose pelvic organ prolapse.
Often, mild cases of pelvic organ prolapse do not require treatment but need to be monitored. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight may provide symptom relief. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery involving endoscopy and pelvic reconstruction. This may be completed with a minimally invasive surgical procedure, such as laparoscopy.
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