Childbirth and general ageing can have a serious impact on women’s gynaecological health, with many conditions being accompanied by the worry of needing to have the reproductive organs removed – a complete hysterectomy. As well as the emotional consequences of this major procedure, physical after effects can be severe and long-lasting. Recovery following a hysterectomy can be as difficult to deal with as the condition that it’s meant to solve.
What is uterine prolapse and why has it happened to me?
Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus drops down into the vagina because of either loose pelvic muscles or weakened ligaments – or both. Around half of uterine prolapses happen as a result of the strain on the muscles supporting the female organs during pregnancy and childbirth. The other half of prolapses have causes such as age-related hormonal changes and associated loss of collagen, strenuous heavy lifting, long-term coughing or constipation, or being overweight.
What can I do about it? Do I need a hysterectomy?
Contrary to popular belief – and common medical practice – a hysterectomy is not the only solution available to women suffering from uterine prolapse. A number of other forms of prolapse surgery are available in many cases, one of which is sacrohysteropexy. This procedure offers a long-term solution to prolapse and works by lifting the uterus into its proper position with a strong mesh support. This enables women to lead full lives, without removal of internal organs and the physical and emotional after effects that this can bring.
Surgeon Mr Jonathan Broome operates The Pelvic Clinic out of BMI Beaumont, Euxton Hall and Fulwood Hall Hospitals, and his sacrohysteropexy success rate stands at 100% for over 1,000 women, many of whom would otherwise have been advised to have a hysterectomy.
What happens after the procedure?
Recovery times following sacrohysteropexy are quick, and women can resume most of their regular daily activities after as little as two weeks. Immediately following the operation you will need just the one overnight stay in hospital, after which you’ll be able to go home to recuperate in comfort. Unlike hysterectomy, sacrohysteropexy allows women who have suffered uterine prolapse to go on to lead normal lives, including successful pregnancies that otherwise would be unthinkable.
So if you think that we could help you, please contact us on 01204 722400 or you can email us for further information.