Laparoscopic Pelvic Prolapse Surgery

Minimally Invasive Pelvic Prolapse Surgery

What Is Pelvic Prolapse Surgery?

Laparoscopic pelvic prolapse surgery is an adjunct to vaginal surgery in which prolapsed organs (e.g. bladder, colon, and rectum) are re-established to deeper ligaments within the pelvis, as opposed to more blind procedures done vaginally.

The parts of the body affected by pelvic support problems include the urethra and bladder, the small intestine, the rectum, the uterus, and the vagina. The urethra and bladder lie in front of the vagina. The bladder receives and stores urine from the kidneys and expels it through the urethra (a short, narrow tube). The uterus is at the top of the vagina. Behind the uterus is a space within the pelvic cavity called the cul-de-sac. This space contains some of the small intestine. Along the back of this space is the rectum, which continues down the back of the vagina and ends at the anus. The perineum is the tissue between the opening of the vagina and the anus.

Symptoms of Pelvic Support Problems

  • Feeling of pelvic heaviness or fullness, or as though something is falling out of the vagina
  • Pulling or aching feeling in the lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Leakage of urine or problems having a bowel movement

What are the benefits of Laparoscopic Pelvic Prolapse Surgery vs. traditional open abdominal surgery?

  • Same day surgery
  • Back to work and normal activities sooner
  • Small incisions
  • Quick recovery time
  • Usually same day surgery
  • Better results

For more detailed information on pelvic support problems, symptoms, and treatments please visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.