The unpleasant symptoms that many prolapse sufferers endure can frequently only be resolved by some form of surgical intervention. Although some women report improvements when they lose weight, use pessaries or adopt a regime of Kegel exercises, symptoms that many women display don’t respond to these more conservative approaches. Sometimes incontinence and discomfort may even increase as time goes on. Frequently, surgeons may suggest a hysterectomy (womb removal) as the best option. Although this can be effective, it obviously means that the patient can no longer have children – a significant disadvantage for younger women who may want to add to their family. An alternative intervention is a sacrohysteropexy procedure, which both relieves prolapse symptoms and allows future pregnancy to take place.
What is a sacrohysteropexy?
In this procedure, a flexible, non-toxic mesh is used as a sling to support the uterus in its natural position. Normally this form of prolapsed uterus surgery is undertaken using only small abdominal incisions (keyhole surgery). This approach reduces recovery time and also lessens the possibility of unwelcome infection. A sacrohysteropexy is undertaken under a General Anaesthetic and the operation normally lasts about thirty minutes.
What are the advantages of a sacrohysteropexy?
The procedure is quicker and less invasive than a hysterectomy. This reduces infection risks and also minimises the amount of time patients are under anaesthetic. The keyhole nature of the surgery is a key benefit for many patients. Unlike a hysterectomy, women will continue to be fertile post-surgery. This not only enables them to add to their family if they wish, it also prevents the premature menopause that a hysterectomy can cause. For many women sacrohysteropexy can often be a better option psychologically, as losing part of the body that is so closely linked to female identity can be particularly traumatic.
A skilled surgeon, such as Mr Broome, can perform a sacrohysteropexy on most women, even when their uterine prolapse is a severe one. If you think you may have a prolapse problem, it’s best to seek timely advice and assistance in order to ascertain if prolapse surgery will resolve the distressing symptoms you’re dealing with. Contact us today to see if we can help you.