Anterior Prolapse

Anterior Prolapse

Anterior prolapse is when the anterior wall of your vagina sinks (prolapses) or bulges. This can be caused by weakness of the support tissue between your vagina and bladder. This repair can be done when you are under either general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia.

Symptoms of anterior vaginal wall prolapse includes:

  • Inability to empty your bladder correctly
  • Bladder constantly feeling full all the time
  • Feeling pressure in your vagina
  • Being able to feel or see a bulging at the opening of your vagina
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or lift something
  • Possible bladder infections.

There are also a number of factors that can contribute to your prolapse.

A prolapse that requires anterior vaginal repair can be caused by the possible following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Vaginally delivering a baby
  • Overweight
  • Straining during bowel movement
  • Participating in heavy lifting
  • Having a chronic cough

While there are factors that can cause a prolapse, there are also ways you can prevent them:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Treating a chronic cough
  • Treating chronic constipation
  • Lifting property by bending your knees

Our anterior vaginal wall repair is a surgical procedure that is done to tighten the front wall of the vagina. Before having this kind of surgery, your healthcare provider may have you learn pelvic floor muscle exercises, use estrogen cream in your vagina, or try a device called a pessary in your vagina to strengthen your muscles around your vagina.

It is important that you tell us what drugs, supplements or herbs you are taking without a prescription. You will also be asked to fast for at least eight hours before the surgery procedure. This is to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding. You can always ask your doctor about proper medication usage if you are wanting to take warfarin or other blood thinning medications.

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