Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery Pros and Cons
For many people even the thought of surgery is scary enough let alone the action of going through it. It is a big decision that requires careful consideration between the patient and doctor. Both parties have the responsibility to weigh out all the factors and possibilities to decide what is the best next step to take.
To treat pelvic organ prolapse, there are two types of surgeries that the doctors may suggest: closing part of or all of the vagina (obliterative) and repairing the pelvic floor or organ placement (reconstructive). Factors like age, future family plans, or current health conditions can help determine which surgery is better fit or if having surgery is even an option.
Transvaginal mesh surgery is another type of surgery to relieve pelvic organ prolapse. A mesh is used to reinforce the vaginal wall between the prolapsed organs by opening the vagina with incisions and inserting in a mesh sheet. However, there are many complications that are caused by this surgery including erosion, mesh extrusion, perforation, infection, bleeding, pain during intercourse, and urinary problems. As of April 2019, the FDA had ordered manufacturers and distributers of vaginal mesh to stop its distribution. The reason for this is because vaginal mesh does not demonstrate sufficient effectiveness and safety. Learn more here.
Since pelvic organ prolapse is not a life-threatening condition, it may be in your best interest to search for other options before deciding on surgery. To help you better understand what pelvic organ prolapse surgery entails, let's take a look at the pros and cons.
The Pros of Surgery
Improved Placement of Pelvic Organs
Undergoing surgery significantly improves the placement of pelvic organs, which results in the elimination of symptoms caused the pelvic organ prolapse.
No Need for Pessary
Obliterative and reconstructive pelvic organ prolapse surgery eliminates the need for ring pessaries. A pessary is a medical device that is inserted in the vagina to prevent organs from sinking further down causing pain and discomfort.
The Drawbacks of Surgery
Risks and Implications
Every surgery comes with its own set of risks and implications no matter the success rate of the surgery or the skills of the surgeon. Pelvic organ prolapse surgeries comes with high risks which includes surgical complications like infections or bleeding. New issues like pelvic pain or urinary incontinence can also be caused by surgery. Lastly, undergoing surgery does not guarantee long-term effectiveness.
Long Recovery Time
Just because the surgery was a success, it doesn’t mean that you will no longer feel pain or discomfort. Undergoing surgery requires hospitalization and it can take several weeks to fully recover from the surgery.
Surgery is not cheap, it can cost from $6,000 up to $9,000 and this does not include additional doctor’s appointment fees or hospitalization fees. Not every woman has the financial freedom to afford the price of surgery.
Loss of Sexual Function with Obliterative Surgery
Most patients who undergo obliterative surgery are women who no longer desire to preserve their sexual function as it requires the closure of all or part of the vaginal. This also means that women who desires to bear a future child are not suitable for this surgery.
The Non-Surgical Solution
If you are looking for a non-invasive but effective alternative to surgery, we got you covered. FemiCushion is an innovative medical device to treat pelvic organ prolapse that has been in the market for over ten years. We have been helping women all across the world who suffers from pelvic organ prolapse. It is designed not only to treat but also to prevent all types of pelvic organ prolapse symptoms caused by uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse (cystocele), enterocele, and rectocele. This treatment method is gentle but effective to avoid all the side effects associated with undergoing surgery or using a pessary.
Don’t let your pelvic organ prolapse control your life, find out how you can live worry free with FemiCushion.
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