Hysterectomy is a procedure undertaken to remove the uterus from a woman’s pelvic region, necessitated by various physiological or clinical conditions. In some cases, the removal of the uterus can further weaken the muscles and ligaments supporting the pelvic organs. Thereby causing stretching and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, resulting in the dropping of the pelvic organs lower into the pelvis.
This creates a bulge in the vagina, and in some cases see protrusion out of the same. Prolapse of the pelvic organs is common most women post-partum or post-menopause. While, mild prolapse may be normal and needn’t require any treatment. But if the condition creates difficulty with your quality of life, it is best to seek an appropriate treatment option.
Symptoms of Post-Hysterectomy Prolapse
- Heaviness in pelvis
- Protrusion of tissue from vagina
- Bowel difficulty
- Urinary incontinence
- Sexual difficulty
Causes of Post-Hysterectomy Prolapse
- Multiple vaginal births
- Chronic cough & bronchitis
- Postmenopausal hormonal changes
- Being overweight
- Chronic constipation
While mild prolapse may not require any treatment, severe prolapse can be rectified by surgical intervention. The objective of the surgery is to repair the weakened pelvic flood muscles.
Risks of Post-Hysterectomy Prolapse
- Increasing age
- Excessive weight gain
- Weakened vaginal muscles