Urologic prolapse occurs in women when one or part of the urologic organ system drops from its original position and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This most typically happens after surgery or childbirth, when the muscles holding the pelvic organs in place are stretched or weakened. The Urology Department at Loma Linda University Medical Center work with women who are suffering from urologic prolapse by carefully diagnosing the disorder and offering the best treatment option for the patient's condition.
Types of Urologic Prolapse
There are several types of urologic prolapse, including:
- Cystocele – A cystocele, or bladder prolapse, occurs when the tissues and muscles that typically hold the bladder in place weaken and the bladder falls, or prolapses, into the vagina wall.
- Urethrocele – When the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body, is not supported by the muscles and tissue that surround it, it can curve and widen, pressing on the vagina wall. This often happens in conjunction with a cystocele.
- Enterocele – In an enterocele, or small bowel prolapse, the tissues and muscles that hold the small bowel in place are stretched or weakened. This causes the small bowel to move from its natural position and press against the walls of the vagina.
- Rectocele – When the tissues and muscles surrounding the large intestine or rectum are weakened, the rectum can press against the back wall of the vagina.
Urologic prolapse can cause a range of symptoms, and we recommend checking with your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Sensation of mass bulging outside of vagina
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Difficulty emptying bladder or bowel
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