life after prolapse surgery

Life after prolapse surgery

A prolapse can be a common medical condition, especially among women who have given birth, and is due to the tissues supporting the pelvic muscles becoming weak. The forces bearing down on the pelvis and uterus are stronger than the muscles holding them up which leads to the prolapse itself. Luckily, prolapse surgery can solve this issue for you and help get your life back to normal.

What to expect from life after prolapse surgery

Whatever type of prolapse you have and the surgery needed to correct it, we are confident here at The Pelvic Clinic that you will experience great benefits from undergoing the procedure. Our surgeon, Mr Jonathan Broome, is an expert in his field and has seen just how fabulous life after prolapse surgery can be, from the patients he has treated.

The number one thing to expect is that you will get your quality of life back and be able to fully enjoy yourself again. Any pain or discomfort related to the prolapse will have been eliminated by the procedure, leaving you to return to how your life was pre-prolapse.

It can help you get healthier.

If you suffer from a prolapse, then it can severely limit some of the leisure activities you can do, particularly in relation to exercising. After prolapse surgery and the relevant recovery time, you should be able to take part in any exercise you like which will, in turn, benefit your future general health. This can even be true for past-times such as horse-riding which would be too painful prior to prolapse surgery.

Many ladies can return to doing the things they love the most more quickly than they anticipated. For others who are of child-rearing age, they can consider having another child – as a few of Mr Broome’s patients have decided to do. However, there is still a period of convalescence required by all.

Remember to take it easy at first.

As with all surgery, you must follow the recovery advice post-surgery to ensure you heal fully. Don’t lift anything heavy for around 6 weeks and drink plenty of water along with eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you happen to develop a cough, then see your GP straight away as this can cause a strain on the ligaments within your body.

If you need any further advice on prolapse surgery and how The Pelvic Clinic can help transform your life, get in touch today. Mr Broome has a very high success rate on the Sacrohysteropexy operation and has performed over 2000 prolapse repair operations with great results, to give you total peace of mind.

why hysterectomy

Is a hysterectomy always the best option?

When women are diagnosed with a uterine prolapse, they are often advised that a hysterectomy is the only viable treatment option for them. Unfortunately, this can lead to many women undergoing surgery unnecessarily. Whilst a hysterectomy can provide relief from prolapse symptoms, there are other, less invasive, uterine prolapse treatments available.

Although many women are willing to undergo surgery for prolapse problems, a hysterectomy has permanent consequences and will prevent the patient from carrying children in the future. Due to this, many women of childbearing age are unwilling to commit to this type of treatment. As they aren’t always advised of the alternative prolapse treatments which are available, they can be left dealing with severe prolapse symptoms.

In addition to this, a hysterectomy can require a lengthy period of recovery. Whilst the operation is considered to be fairly routine in many cases, patients may find that it takes weeks or months for them to fully recover from the invasive procedure. By exploring other options and different forms of prolapse surgery, women can find far less invasive treatment methods at The Pelvic Clinic.

Can a sacrohysteropexy alleviate prolapse symptoms?

Designed to support the uterus, a sacrohysteropexy can be used to alleviate prolapse symptoms permanently. During the procedure, surgical mesh is placed under the uterus in order to prevent it from placing unnecessary pressure on the surrounding muscles and tissues. As a result, prolapse symptoms are relieved and patients no longer suffer from the painful and embarrassing issues associated with the condition. Mr Broome enters the mesh abdominally which is a cleaner method than through the vagina.

Whilst many women experience a prolapsed uterus after childbirth, they may still want to have additional children in the future. Unlike a hysterectomy, a sacrohysteropexy needn’t prevent patients from conceiving or carrying children.

With many women struggling to cope with uterus pain and discomfort caused by a prolapse, a sacrohysteropexy offers an effective, permanent and minimally invasive solution.

Having performed over 1,000 procedures, with a success rate of 100%, Mr Jonathan Broome, Consultant Gynaecologist, is well-equipped to carry out the sacrohysteropexy procedure on patients. By using uterine prolapse staging to determine the severity of the condition, an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place quickly and efficiently.

Recovering from prolapse surgery

Uterine prolapse is a condition that can occur in women after a particularly difficult vaginal delivery of a child. The pelvic floor muscles lose their ability to support the uterus properly, and it slips down; this impairs sexual functions and can cause bleeding, constipation and other symptoms. Often, prolapse surgery is the only way to treat the condition.

An alternative to hysterectomy, sacrohysteropexy is a surgery that mitigates uterine prolapse by resuspending the uterus using a synthetic mesh to lift it back into place, and Mr Jonathan Broome, our Consultant Gynaecologist, is one of the UK’s leading surgeons in this procedure. The corrective procedure comes in the form of open surgery or the less-invasive laparoscopic surgery using keyhole incisions. Mr Broomes method of inserting mesh is done through the abdomen which is a cleaner way than inserting it vaginally.

Whether you have a hysterectomy or sacrohysteropexy, some people tend to fear surgery not only because of the risks involved but because of its effect on daily life. Of course, any operation takes time to heal, but there are ways to help your recovery along.

First of all, nutrition is vital. While you are still in the hospital, they will recommend a specific diet, often liquid, that will help you to get better. Even though you might not be hungry, remember that your body needs the nutrients to heal. Sipping something sour or tangy like teas and bitters helps improve the appetite. Find something that suits your taste to get you in the mood for the essential act of eating.

Secondly, look after your immune system. Some drugs administered around surgery like antibiotics and general anaesthesia can lower your t-cell count. Be sure to have a proper intake of vitamins to keep your immune system healthy to defend your body against infections that will only extend your period of recovery. This is something you can do in the weeks and months prior to surgery by engaging in a healthy diet.

Finally, remember to exercise your body but not to strain yourself. Exercise helps blood flow and boosts your metabolism. It can be something as simple as taking a walk once in a while or stretching your legs and arms. Just to be careful; ask your physician when considering what form of exercise you want to undertake to avoid injuring yourself.

Most of all, exercise a measure of patience. The body needs time to heal and you will be happier if you let it do it properly. If you’d like to discuss the options for prolapse surgery available to you, contact us at The Pelvic Clinic today.

sacrohysteropexy

What is a sacrohysteropexy?

Sacrohysteropexy is a medical procedure for dealing with uterine prolapse. Although the procedure has been around for many years, it is still relatively unheard of by many women. However, it can be an effective way of treating prolapse, and most importantly, it is far less invasive than undergoing a full hysterectomy.

One of the main problems with having a hysterectomy (apart from the intense trauma and long recovery period) is that in up to 50% of cases, it results in urinal incontinence. This is due to the close proximity of the bladder to the uterus. Uterus removal also takes away any support the bladder has and as a result, can interfere with bladder function.

Uterine prolapse is a widely experienced condition

A prolapse of the uterus is something that many women experience. It can happen because of childbirth, as a result of the enormous stretching of the muscle tissue. Also, in later life, when women go through the menopause, the lack of oestrogen that typifies menopause, results in the floor of the pelvis losing its elastic strength.

Although uterine prolapse is not dangerous, it is extremely uncomfortable. When the womb descends, it will rub on any underwear and this can result in the area becoming infected and an ulcer forming on the cervix.

A sacrohysteropexy is far less invasive than a hysterectomy.

While a hysterectomy is an effective prolapse surgery procedure, it is very invasive. It leaves patients very weak and they can take months to fully recover. A sacrohysteropexy, on the other hand, is a laparoscopic procedure which, because it is far less invasive, has a fast recovery time – as quick as two weeks.

The sacrohysteropexy operation involves the insertion of a small piece of flexible mesh which is used to raise the uterus and hold it firmly in position so that it cannot drop.

Although there has been some adverse publicity in recent weeks, the insertion of a mesh sling is a procedure that is supported by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory authority). It is a cleaner entry method, entered abdominally and not vaginally. It is especially relevant to women who have pelvic problems but still wish to have babies.

It’s important to find the right clinic and use a top surgeon

Finding the right clinic and the right surgeon to carry out the procedure is important. Many women choose to use the services The Pelvic Clinic; a clinic where Mr Jonathon Broome has carried out in excess of 1,000 successful sacrohysteropexies. To find out more about how we can help you or the women in your life, contact us today.