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Don’t be afraid of prolapse repair surgery

If you’re suffering from a uterine prolapse, you may be wondering if surgery is really the best solution for you. Many people have concerns about prolapse repair surgery or wonder if it is really necessary. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we firmly believe that prolapse repair surgery is the best option for the vast majority of sufferers. The most common concerns about this surgery are very easy to allay. What’s more, many of the other arguments against surgery aren’t as well-founded as you might think. Ergo, in today’s blog, we’d like to tackle some of the reasons you might be hesitant to undergo a prolapse repair operation.

1. Post-prolapse pregnancy

Many worry that they won’t be able to get pregnant after having prolapse repair surgery. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. It’s true that hysterectomy operations prevent recipients from getting pregnant because they involve removing part or all of the womb. However, you don’t have to have your prolapse repaired with a hysterectomy: you can opt for a sacrohysteropexy instead. The sacrohysteropexy procedure involves repositioning the uterus. It negates the need for a hysterectomy and won’t interfere with your ability to become pregnant.

2. Prolapse repair pain

You may be concerned about how painful a prolapse repair procedure would be. You may even feel that the procedure would be worse than the prolapse. However, there’s no need to feel anxious. In reality, sacrohysteropexy operations are almost completely painless in most cases. While you might feel some discomfort, you definitely won’t have to tolerate extreme levels of pain.

3. Prolapse severity

If your prolapse isn’t particularly severe, you may feel that surgery isn’t necessary. However, it’s worth remembering that an untreated prolapse can become worse. Even a very minor prolapse can develop into a serious problem if you don’t address. That’s why it’s always worth considering surgical prolapse repair options.

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we understand that prolapse repair surgery can be a daunting prospect. However, it’s always better to deal with your prolapse using a tried-and-tested medical procedure as soon as possible. If you’re suffering from a prolapse, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so we can help you.

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Knowledge is power when you’re suffering from a prolapse

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.

2. Statistics

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.

3. Symptoms

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.

4. Procedures

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.

Coping with the emotional impact of a prolapse

If you read our blog regularly, you’re probably aware of the physical symptoms associated with uterine prolapses. However, you may not know about the emotional and psychological symptoms that go with them. If you’re suffering from a prolapse (or are at risk of having one), it’s important for you to be prepared for the psychological impact it might have on you. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the most common effects a prolapse can have on your state of mind and emotions and suggest a few simple coping mechanisms that you can use until your prolapse is repaired.

1. Anger and frustration

Prolapses can often be painful enough to stop you doing things you normally love. They can limit the range of activities and pastimes that you can participate in, thereby forcing you to make changes to your lifestyle. Obviously, this can lead to feelings of frustration and a sense of anger. You can alleviate these feelings by concentrating on the fact that you will be able to resume your active hobbies and pastimes once you have been through prolapse repair surgery and are fully recovered. In the meantime, we recommend taking up a less physically strenuous hobby or activity that your prolapse won’t interfere with. This will help you fill your time and eliminate the feeling that you have nothing to do, thereby ameliorating your anger and frustration.

2. Embarrassment

Embarrassment is the most common psychological response to a prolapse. It can be a deeply uncomfortable emotional state and may evolve into a feeling of shame if it isn’t addressed. The best way to deal with embarrassment is simply to push past it and talk to people about the thing that’s embarrassing you. Start by talking to those you feel closest to, such as your family and your closest friends, and ask for their support. You’ll be surprised how quickly your embarrassment fades away.

3. Depression

It’s sometimes possible for prolapse sufferers to feel depressed as a result of their condition. The frustration, pain and embarrassment can develop into a depressive psychological malaise. If you suffer from this problem, following the tips that we gave in points 1 and 2 can help you address its root cause. However, you may also wish to talk to a psychiatric professional or counsellor if it begins to impact your daily ability to function.

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, our sacrohysteropexy operation can be used to fix your uterine prolapse and free you of the physical symptoms. Or it may be that another procedure is required to help you. However, it’s important to be aware of the mental and emotional symptoms, too, so that you can practise appropriate self-care techniques. If you’d like any more information on how to alleviate your prolapse, contact us today.

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Is there an alternative to undergoing a hysterectomy?

To many women, the thought of undergoing a hysterectomy is a complete anathema. Even women who have suffered a fourth-degree prolapse shudder at the thought of having their wombs removed. If you are facing this dilemma because you suffer uterus problems, or uterus pain, and you have been advised to have hysterectomy prolapse surgery, you may be interested to hear that there is a far less intrusive procedure.

Have you heard of a sacrohysteropexy?

Well, don’t worry if you haven’t. The majority of women haven’t either. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, sacrohysteropexy surgery is promoted as a very real alternative to having a full hysterectomy, depending on the individual diagnosis.

Our resident consultant gynaecologist, Mr Jonathon Broome, is one of the top surgeons performing this procedure here in the UK. He has in fact completed more than 1,000 of these procedures to date, and each has been a complete success. Instead of removing the uterus as in a hysterectomy prolapse surgery, with a sacrohysteropexy, the uterus is simply repositioned, removing any obstruction and discomfort.

The advantages of sacrohysteropexy prolapse surgery

Sacrohysteropexy prolapse surgery is a laparoscopic procedure. As well as being far less invasive than a full hysterectomy, this procedure also results in fast recovery times. It’s something that British women need to know more about. Every year women become infertile having undergone a hysterectomy, when a laparoscopic sacrohysteropexy procedure would have cured the problem, leaving fertile women able to go forward and safely have more children without the fear of a recurrent prolapse.

Whether you are suffering from first, second, third, or fourth-degree prolapse, or some other uterus problem, you should arrange a consultation with Mr Broome here at The Pelvic Clinic. You will be offered the most appropriate treatment to cure your condition. Whereas most NHS establishments and private clinics are likely to suggest going down the hysterectomy route, Mr Broome will offer you this alternative procedure, depending on the results of his diagnosis.

For most women, the opportunity to keep their uterus intact and healthy is a “no-brainer.” You owe it to yourself to see if this alternative procedure is viable for your condition.

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How severe is your prolapse?

As you are probably aware, all prolapses are deeply unpleasant and can be very embarrassing. However, you may not realise that some are more severe than others. There are several different and distinct degrees of severity. The higher degrees are worse than the lower degrees, but all of them are treatable with appropriate prolapse repair surgery. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we believe that it’s important for you to know about these different degrees of severity. If you know how severe your prolapse is, you can make a fully informed choice regarding the course of action you want to take.

1. First-degree prolapse

First-degree prolapses are the least extreme type. You may feel some discomfort or pain if you have a first-degree prolapse, but there is also a chance that you won’t. Basically, a first-degree prolapse can be characterised as a prolapse where the cervix has fallen into the vagina but not dropped any further. If you discover that you have this type of prolapse, you should seek medical treatment, even if it isn’t causing you discomfort. However, you shouldn’t panic. While you need medical treatment, you may not need it urgently. Ar this stage, it is always helpful to have some intensive physiotherapy to see of this can repair the pelvic floor muscles.

2. Second-degree prolapse

In this type of prolapse, the cervix hasn’t simply dropped down into the vagina: it has descended to the level of the vaginal opening. This type of prolapse is more likely to cause discomfort or pain than a first-degree prolapse and may prove to be a more a serious problem if it is left untreated for too long. We recommend seeking medical treatment and considering the possibility of prolapse repair surgery as soon as you find out that you have this type of prolapse.

3. Third-degree prolapse

If you have this type of prolapse, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment and start preparing for prolapse repair without delay. This type of prolapse can be very painful and can seriously damage your quality of life if it isn’t treated. It may also develop into a fourth-degree prolapse.

4. Fourth-degree prolapse or ‘procidentia’

In this type of prolapse, the cervix and uterus both drop to outside of the vagina. This condition may be extremely painful and even debilitating. It must not be left untreated and should be redressed using prolapse repair surgery. If you have this type of prolapse, you should deal with it urgently.

Regardless of how severe your prolapse is, Mr Broome has the expertise and experience to offer you appropriate treatment. Contact The Pelvic Clinic today for more information.

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Don’t be afraid of the sacrohysteropexy operation

Sacrohysteropexy operations are incredibly straightforward, safe and reliable. What’s more, patients generally recover from these operations very quickly, making them one of the best forms of prolapse repair available. However, even simple surgeries can seem intimidating for individuals who have never been through them before. If you are suffering from a prolapse and need a sacrohysteropexy, you should be aware that there are certain aspects of the process that you may find slightly alarming. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the more intimidating aspects of prolapse repair surgery and try to set your mind at rest.

1. Having your temperature, weight and blood pressure taken

Prior to your operation, a nurse will measure your weight, temperature and blood pressure. We understand that this might be a little worrying if you don’t know why it’s being done. We can assure you that it is a perfectly normal part of the process. Our surgeon, Mr. Jonathan Broome, needs to know these details mainly so he can make sure you’re fit for surgery. After all, you want your surgeon to know that you’re healthy enough to cope with a procedure before he starts it! Provided you’ve been upfront regarding your medical information, there’s no reason why these measurements should reveal anything that would prevent you from having surgery. Ergo, you should try not to worry about them.

2. Waking up with an oxygen mask covering your mouth

When you wake up from your operation, you will notice that you have an oxygen mask over your mouth. You may be concerned that this is because something went wrong during surgery, but this isn’t the case. During surgery, you’ll be under anaesthetic, so it’s important for your surgeon to ensure that you can breath comfortably and get enough oxygen. The oxygen mask isn’t indicative of a problem, so there’s no need for you to be alarmed. Just wait for a doctor or nurse to remove it for you.

3. Waking up with an IV drip attached to your arm

Just like the oxygen mask, the IV drip is a perfectly normal piece of equipment that is deployed following a sacrohysteropexy. It might look troubling, but it’s just there to deliver fluids and any medication you might need.

4. Noticing a feeling of discomfort

You shouldn’t be in pain after surgery, but a feeling of discomfort is nothing to worry about. Mild discomfort is common following prolapse repair surgery and isn’t suggestive of a deeper problem.

If you still need to set your mind at rest regarding any part of the prolapse repair surgery that we offer, feel free to get in touch. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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Getting back into physically active hobbies following a sacrohysteropexy

Uterine prolapses can be exceptionally painful. In fact, they can prevent you from undertaking activities that you might normally enjoy. If you have a lot of physically active hobbies, a uterine prolapse may steal them from you. After all, nobody wants to undertake a vigorous physical activity if it causes them pain.

If you have suffered a prolapse, our reliable, highly successful sacrohysteropexy procedure can help you recover. However, once you’ve made a full recovery, you may wonder how you can get back into all the physical activities you used to enjoy. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we care about your post-prolapse well-being and would like to offer you some advice on returning to an active lifestyle following your recovery.

1. Reach out to friends

If any of your friends participate in the same activities you used to enjoy before your prolapse, talking to them can help you get involved in those activities again. They can offer encouragement and even help you participate. For example, if you enjoyed a sport before your prolapse made it impossible to play, they can play it with you once you’ve recovered. Never underestimate how helpful your friends can be when it comes to recovering aspects of your pre-prolapse life.

2. Ease into it

You may be tempted to launch yourself back into your favourite activities as soon as you’ve recovered. However, this isn’t necessarily the best course of action. If you haven’t undertaken them in a long time, your body may no longer be accustomed to the physical strain of these activities. It’s important not to overdo it. If possible, you should participate in your active hobbies more gently or for shorter periods of time at first. You can build back up to your pre-prolapse levels of participation over time.

3. Be aware of your limits

Following a successful sacrohysteropexy, you should be able to do almost all of the things that you did before your prolapse. However, there are some things you should avoid, such as heavy lifting and extreme physical strain. When participating in a physically active hobby after prolapse repair surgery, remember your limits. You can continue to enjoy your favourite activities with no discomfort or pain provided you don’t push yourself too far.

For further advice on returning to life after prolapse repair surgery, feel free to contact us here at The Pelvic Clinic.

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Five fibrous foods that help prevent prolapses

Constipation is a very common cause of uterine prolapse. However, constipation is completely preventable. In fact, it’s easier to prevent than any of the other issues that can lead to a prolapse. All you need is fibre! Here on The Pelvic Clinic blog, we often advise our readers to get more fibre in their diets in order to prevent constipation and help avoid prolapse. But what foods should you eat to increase the amount of fibre that goes into your body, and how can you make sure you get enough of them?

1. Beans and pulses

Beans and pulses are a fantastic source of fibre. They are also incredibly versatile ingredients. They can be used in a wide variety of dishes, ranging from chillies and curries to casseroles and pies. Simply incorporating beans and pulses into meals you already cook and enjoy regularly is a simple way to boost the amount of fibre in your diet.

2. Dried fruits and nuts

Dried fruits and nuts contain high concentrations of fibre. What’s more, they’re delicious and easily portable, which makes them ideal high-fibre snacks. If you don’t always have time to cook high-fibre meals, carrying around some dried fruit or some nuts to snack on is a fantastic alternative.

3. Porridge and bran-based cereals

Breakfast is a great time to introduce fibre into your diet. If you’re not sure about what you’ll be eating throughout the day, eat some porridge or a bran-based cereal for breakfast. Not only are these breakfast options high in fibre, they’re also very healthy in other ways.

4. Wholemeal pasta and wholegrain rice

While white rices and pastas aren’t very high in fibre, their wholegrain and wholemeal equivalents are. If you use a lot of white rice or pasta in your cooking, why not substitute it for wholemeal pasta or wholegrain rice? It’s an easy way to increase the amount of fibre in your diet without completely altering the meals you eat, and you’ll hardly notice the switch.

5. Jacket potatoes

Potatoes are a staple of the British diet, but did you know that their skins are very high in fibre? Next time you eat a jacket potato, remember to eat the skin, too.

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we know that your diet can help you prevent a prolapse or recover from prolapse repair surgery. By eating more of the foods we’ve mentioned in today’s blog, you can increase the amount of fibre in your diet and therefore prevent constipation. If you avoid constipation, you can eliminate one of the risks of suffering a prolapse or difficulty recovering from one. Want to find out more about prolapse surgery? Contact us today.

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The power of positivity

Going through any form of surgery can be daunting, even if it’s relatively straightforward. The prolapse repair surgery that we offer here at The Pelvic Clinic is simple, safe and highly effective. Nonetheless, it’s understandable that you might feel tense or anxious before and after the surgery. That’s why we’ve decided to provide you with some tips on maintaining a positive attitude before, during and after your prolapse repair operation. A positive attitude can aide your recovery and make the surgery itself seem less intimidating.

1. Think statistically

In the run-up to your operation, it’s important to reassure yourself that the surgery will go smoothly. You may find it helpful to contemplate the statistics associated with our prolapse repair. Specifically, you should focus on the fact that our surgeon, Mr Jonathan Broome, has performed over one thousand sacrohysteropexy prolapse repair procedures and has a 100% success rate. This will help you remember that you have nothing to be anxious about and enable you to feel confident about your operation.

2. Talk openly

It’s easy for feelings of anxiety and stress to build up if you keep quiet about your prolapse or your upcoming prolapse repair surgery. That’s why we strongly recommend that you are completely open with your friends and loved ones about your problem and the steps you are taking to fix it. Being open about it will make your operation seem less major and scary. You can also talk through anything you might be concerned about and get the reassurance you need.

3. Get to know your surgeon

We recommend talking to us at The Pelvic Clinic and speaking to Mr Broome himself before your operation. Communicating with your surgeon can help you put your trust in them, which will enable you to feel at ease before and during your operation.

4. Focus on achievable goals

Most people recover from prolapse repair surgery very quickly, but nobody recovers instantly! After your surgery, don’t expect to be back to normal straight away. Focus on each stage of your recovery, one at a time. This will help you keep track of your recovery process and feel that you are making progress, thereby enabling you to maintain a positive attitude.

Positivity is important when confronting surgery, so follow the tips we’ve provided you with to ensure that you can feel happy and confident about your sacrohysteropexy.

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The hidden symptoms of a prolapse

Some prolapse symptoms are very obvious and easy to recognise. For example, sufferers may bleed from the vagina, experience pain during intercourse or even feel like something is falling out of them that needs to be pushed back inside. However, not everyone who suffers from a prolapse will exhibit these symptoms. There are also subtler, less obvious symptoms that you should be aware of. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a prolapse. To help you, we’ve prepared an annotated list of these recondite symptoms.

1. Backache

There are lots of reasons for backache, ranging from your posture to injuries you may have suffered in the past. However, backache can also be a sign of prolapse. If you suffer from a persistent, dull backache, you should consider the possibility that you might have a prolapse. This is especially true if you have any of the other symptoms on this list or have another reason to believe you might have suffered a prolapse.

2. Leaking bladder, incontinence or frequent need to urinate

Do you need to go to the toilet too often, suffer from incontinence or experience bladder leakage? If so, your problems might be the result of a prolapse. A prolapsed uterus can press on your bladder and cause all of the issues that we have just described.

3. Constipation

A prolapse can sometimes pull on the rectum and effect its position, thereby making it difficult for you to go to the bathroom. If you have suffered from persistent constipation despite having a relatively healthy diet, you may have a prolapse.

4. Pelvic pressure or a feeling of stretching in the groin area

As we mentioned in the introduction, not all prolapses are painful. Many can only be felt as a form of pressure in the pelvic region or a stretching sensation in the groin.

5. Widened vaginal opening

Prolapses can cause the opening to the vagina to widen, due to the pressure it puts on that region of your body. If yours seems unusually wide, you should think about the possibility that you are suffering from a prolapse.

Not all prolapse suffers experience these symptoms. In fact, some are completely symptom-free. However, if you have been dealing with any of the problems listed in today’s blog, here at The Pelvic Clinic we believe you should investigate the possibility that you might have a prolapse. You can talk to your own doctor or reach out to us for more information.