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How friends and family can help you recover from prolapse repair surgery

At The Pelvic Clinic, we pride ourselves on offering excellent care before, during and after our patients’ sacrohysteropexy surgeries. The prolapse repair surgery that we offer is straightforward and safe, but it’s still important to ensure that our patients are looked after properly. If you’ve suffered a prolapse, you can rest assured that we’ll give you the best care possible. However, once you leave the hospital, your family and friends will need to provide you with the care you need so that you can fully recover from your operation. Ergo, you may be wondering what practical things they can do to help you.

There are several ways friends and family can offer practical care following a sacrohysteropexy operation. We’ll list some of the most common ones in today’s blog entry.

1. Driving

You won’t be able to drive immediately after a sacrohysteropexy. In fact, it may take a few weeks before you are able to drive comfortably. Friends and family members can help you a great deal during this period simply by driving for you. They can either take you as a passenger whenever you need to go out or run errands for you that you can’t perform without driving somewhere.

2. Carrying heavy loads

During the recovery period, we strongly recommend that you don’t lift (or try to move) any heavy objects. Friends and relatives can assist you by carrying heavy bags of grocery shopping and other loads when necessary.

3. Helping around the house

There may be some household chores that you can’t undertake during your sacrohysteropexy recovery. Luckily, you don’t have to: your friends and family can step in to take over some of your chores and keep your home clean, tidy and liveable until you have fully recovered.

Having a support network of family and friends can be very beneficial when recovering from any type of operation (including a sacrohysteropexy). Don’t be afraid to ask for their help whenever you need assistance during your recovery. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want more information on the prolapse repair surgery we offer or the recovery period that follows this surgery.

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The causes of stress incontinence and available treatments

According to the latest statistics, the number of women who suffer from stress incontinence is as high as 1 in 4. Stress incontinence happens because of pressure placed upon the abdomen and bladder, and can be due to a variety of reasons that include exercise, lifting heavy objects, as well as coughing and even sneezing.

What causes stress incontinence?

Stress incontinence is not caused by the ageing process, as many women in their late seventies and eighties do not have this condition. Stress incontinence happens because the pelvic floor muscles become damaged or weakened. These muscles are very important as they support both the urethra and bladder, as well as the sphincter muscles that form the opening of the bladder. All of these problems will cause urine to leak from the bladder. Common causes for stress incontinence in women include those of a vaginal birth, pregnancy, obesity, hysterectomy, Parkinson’s disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, diuretics and antidepressants.

What treatment is available?

Depending upon the severity of the condition, and your medical history, there are a number of treatment routes available. These range from simple lifestyle changes right through to invasive surgery. With regards to lifestyle changes, it is often recommended that you try to reduce your daily fluid intake, to stop smoking and if you are a diabetic, to carefully monitor your blood sugar level. Training your pelvic floor muscles is also incredibly advantageous, as doing so can strengthen weakened muscles, helping the bladder to retain urine.

Surgical procedures for the treatment of stress incontinence

If stress incontinence is affecting your every day life and is causing pain and discomfort, then there are a few surgical procedures that are available. A surgical tape can be inserted into the urethra to help support the weakened muscles. A treatment known as colposuspension, that lifts the neck of the bladder, is also highly effective in stopping stress incontinence.

Mr Jonathan Broome of the The Pelvic Clinic is highly specialised in the surgical treatments for stress incontinence. To learn more about this type of surgical procedure, please do contact the clinic for a consultation.

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Understanding prolapse after pregnancy

Many women experience uterine prolapse when the structures that support the pelvic organs are weakened. Usually, both a muscular band and ligaments support the organs, but prolapses occur when one of these support mechanisms can no longer perform properly. A common reason for this to happen is that the muscles are damaged during the act of childbirth and also as a result of the pressure that pregnancy puts on a woman’s body. Despite popular belief, it is an inaccurate assumption that uterine prolapse exclusively affects older women.

The transition to becoming a new parent is complex for every woman, but experiencing the symptoms of uterine prolapse can make it incredibly challenging.

First-time mothers can struggle to put a name to the sensations that they may feel. There is often a lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding some of the implications of childbirth amongst new mums. Uterus problems may be the furthest things from their mind as they get to grips with parenting during those first months but addressing pelvic pain should be a priority for all mothers. Knowing that uterine prolapse can occur and crucially that it can be treated is not well known enough amongst the parenting community. A timely consultation with a Consultant Gynaecologist such as Mr Johnathan Broome could provide great relief for mothers who suspect that they have a uterine prolapse.

The first course of action is to complete a three month programme of intensive pelvic floor physiotherapy. This is really important as it helps to strengthen the muscles and subsequently, push the organs correctly back into position. Many ladies do find that this is sufficient to repair their pelvic floor. For the minority though, these exercises do not fully repair their pelvic floor and so surgery is then an option.

A sacrohysteropexy, which is a surgical intervention to reposition the uterus and therefore correct the prolapse, can remove the need for a hysterectomy. This is something that is of great comfort to women who do not feel that their family is complete and indeed those who aren’t ready to embrace the consequences of a hysterectomy. This procedure is growing in popularity because it also involves only keyhole surgery, which ultimately carries a reduced risk in comparison to other more invasive procedures.

Jonathan Broome of The Pelvic Clinic is one of only a handful of surgical specialists in the UK who possess the expertise to perform sacrohysteropexy surgery. He has a growing number of ladies who have had this procedure and then continued to have another child without problems

We encourage all new mums to visit a specialist should they be experiencing symptoms of a uterine prolapse. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we will address your concerns with great sensitivity while we identify the appropriate solutions that will enable you to embrace your role as a new parent without the worry and implications of an untreated prolapse.

 

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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.

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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.