Suffering from a prolapse (especially a severe one) can be deeply distressing. It can make you feel powerless and confused, particularly if it occurred suddenly. However, understanding your condition and what you can do about it is a great way to regain your balance and put yourself back in control. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we believe that information has great practical and emotional value for individuals suffering from a prolapse. That’s why we encourage you to use our website to research prolapses or contact us for more facts and figures. But what sort of information should you seek out or be aware of?
1. Proper terminology
Understanding the medical terminology surrounding your prolapse can make it easier to converse with medical professionals on the subject and get the type of help that you want or need. For example, it’s very important to understand the difference between a hysterectomy and a sacrohysteropexy operation. Whereas a hysterectomy involves removing the uterus, a sacrohysteropexy simply repositions it. Both procedures can correct your prolapse, but it’s important for you to make an informed choice regarding which one is right for you. You should also be aware the severity of a prolapse is measured in degrees. A first-degree prolapse is the least severe and a fourth-degree prolapse is the most severe. While this terminology may seem esoteric, learning it will empower you to talk about your prolapse with your doctor or surgeon and allow you to reclaim a sense of control.
Knowing some statistics about prolapses can greatly alleviate your feelings of distress. This is because most of the statistics that relate to prolapse repair operations are very reassuring. For example, it’s important for you to know that our surgeon here at The Pelvic Clinic, Mr. Jonathan Broome, has carried out well over a thousand successful sacrohysteropexy operations.
We have several blogs and web pages that cover the symptoms associated with prolapses. Researching symptoms as soon as you are diagnosed with a prolapse is a good idea because it means you won’t be taken by surprise if new symptoms develop. Knowing what to expect is a great way to maintain a sense of composure and control.
Finally, you should thoroughly research your chosen prolapse repair operation. You should know how long it will take, what stages it will be divided into and what type of surgery will be involved. You should also familiarise yourself with the typical recovery time. This information will allow you to feel less daunted by the procedure.
If you need any information about your prolapse that you can’t find on this blog or elsewhere on our website, don’t hesitate to contact us directly.