A prolapse occurs when the uterus or bladder tilt abnormally, causing pain and discomfort throughout the abdominal area. Board-Certified OB/GYN Dr. John Macey can effectively correct prolapses using laparoscopic procedures, where he returns the organs to their natural position. If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area, book your appointment online, or call his office to schedule an appointment. His office also serves women living in both Kentucky and Alabama.
A prolapse occurs when the uterus or bladder tilt abnormally, disrupting its ability to function efficiently. The abnormal position can result in a variety of symptoms, including:
You may also feel pressure when sitting. Depending on what organ is prolapsed, it can feel as if you're sitting on a ball or mound. The abnormal position of the prolapse may also cause the abdomen to look distended or misshapen. The location of the prolapse will determine whether or not it's visibly noticeable.
Dr. Macey identifies prolapsed organs in different ways and can detect a prolapsed uterus or bladder by performing a pelvic examination. He can also identify prolapses through the use of ultrasounds. His first indication of a prolapse will be through the symptoms you experience.
If Dr. Macey has any questions after performing a pelvic examination, he'll schedule an ultrasound to determine the exact location of the organ. That allows him to formulate a treatment plan to correct the problem, and restore the organ to its original position. Laparoscopic surgery is often required to correct the structural abnormality.
Prolapses are often the result of a weakening in the structures that support the organ. Because the problem has to do with the physical structure of the body, medications won't help. Dr. Macey performs a laparoscopic procedure to repair the damaged structures and provide support that'll hold the organ in its original position.
Dr. Macey may use a mesh sling to support the uterus or the bladder. The sling is attached to the abdominal wall and other structures so that it's able to secure the organ in place without it shifting or falling. He may also have to make surgical repairs to tendons and ligaments if the uterus has started to fall through the pelvic floor, and extend into the vagina.
*Individual results may vary