making sense of jargon

Making sense of the jargon surrounding prolapse

You’ve had some symptoms of prolapse and are worried about what your future might hold, but the confusing jargon associated with it doesn’t help to make things any easier. Here is a list of some of the most common terms you might hear surrounding prolapse, and what they mean, so that you can confront your options with confidence.

Prolapse

This is where a part of the body shifts; for example, by slipping down or moving forward. Pelvic organ prolapse is the result of the tissues supporting the pelvic organs weakening. Many factors can contribute to this type of prolapse, including age, being overweight, giving birth, manual labour over a long period of time, or even a persistent cough.

Pelvic floor

This is the name given to the group of muscles, tissue and ligaments holding a woman’s vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum and bowel in place.

Hysterectomy

A surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus, and sometimes the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. Women who have had this procedure can no longer have periods or get pregnant. A hysterectomy may be carried out to treat cancers associated with the reproductive area, to combat persistent pain in the pelvis, or as a solution to prolapse. This invasive procedure has a lengthy recovery time.

Sacrohysteropexy

An alternative method of treating prolapse, sacrohysteropexy is the repositioning of the uterus via keyhole surgery. A sling is created from flexible mesh, which lifts the uterus back into position, where it remains permanently. Women who undergo this procedure are still able to have children. Many GPs and a large portion of the general public still don’t know what sacrohysteropexy is, meaning some women opt for a hysterectomy when they could have been spared the removal of their reproductive organs.

Laparoscopic procedure

This simply means keyhole surgery. During sacrohysteropexy, a few small incisions are made across the abdomen as opposed to one large one, as with a hysterectomy. Patients experience less discomfort after laparoscopic procedures, and usually only need to spend one night in hospital.

Consultant gynaecologist Mr Jonathan Broome is one of the UK’s leading sacrohysteropexy surgeons, with a 100% success rate. To find out more, contact The Pelvic Clinic now.

 

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