does hysterectomy cause prolapse

Can a hysterectomy cause prolapse?

Hysterectomy is commonly used as a solution for a wide range of gynaecological problems. Unfortunately, a hysterectomy can have a number of unpleasant side effects, including the development of a prolapse. Although some women actually undergo a hysterectomy in order to resolve an existing prolapse, the surgery can significantly weaken the pelvic floor and compromise the other support structures which are used to keep the pelvic organs in place. This can result in a further prolapse developing, which can cause a range of distressing effects including incontinence, spotting and bowel problems. If you’ve had a hysterectomy and are still experiencing prolapse symptoms, a number of different problems may have occurred.

Different types of prolapse require individual solutions

Typically there are three different types of prolapse which can occur as a result of a hysterectomy: anterior compartment (typically involving the collapse of the urethra and/or bladder into the vagina); middle compartment (the upper end of the vagina collapses downwards); and the posterior compartment (where the rectum falls into the vagina). The symptoms for each condition can be the same, so it’s important to obtain expert diagnosis so that the correct solution can be provided. Mr Johnathan Broome is fully qualified and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of prolapse.

Surgery may help

Particularly for women who had a hysterectomy in order to deal with a prolapse problem, to develop a subsequent prolapse as a result of the surgery can be incredibly distressing. Luckily there are a number of proven surgical approaches which can frequently be used to resolve the situation. As well as conservative measures such as weight management or a pessary, procedures such as a vaginal repair operation, sacrocolpopexy or sacrospinous fixation can also resolve the issue.

If you or someone you know has had a hysterectomy and is now experiencing the symptoms of a prolapse, it’s important to seek specialist medical advice as soon as possible in order to manage the problem effectively. Mr Johnathan Broome has an excellent success rate when it comes to surgical intervention for a post-hysterectomy prolapse and is always happy to assist.


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