Vaginal Repair Surgery
Vaginal repair surgery can be used to treat prolapse. Common causes of prolapse include pregnancy and childbirth, being very overweight, having constipation, or going through the menopause. A prolapse can lead to problems passing urine and opening your bowels. It can also make having sex difficult.
If your prolapse is mild, pelvic floor muscle exercises and vaginal pessaries may help control your symptoms. However, if your prolapse is more severe, you may need to have surgery. Vaginal repair surgery helps to strengthen your vaginal walls and ease your symptoms.
You will usually need to stay in hospital for between one and six days, depending on the type of surgery you have and how well you recover. The operation will be performed under general or local anaesthetic.
The type of surgery you have depends on where and how severe the prolapse is. Your Consultant Surgeon will usually repair your vaginal wall through your vagina, so all your stitches will be inside your vagina and you shouldn’t have a scar on your abdomen.It usually takes about 12 weeks to make a full recovery from vaginal repair surgery, but this can vary.
After surgery you will have some pain and discomfort in your abdomen and vagina. You will also have some vaginal bleeding, similar in amount to a normal period, which may last for up to six weeks.
Complications of vaginal repair surgery may include:
- damage to the womb, vagina or cervix, and/or part of the bladder or bowel
- problems passing urine (this usually passes without the need for treatment)
Vaginal repair surgery doesn’t always repair a prolapse completely and some women find that the prolapse comes back. If this happens, you may need more surgery. Vaginal repair surgery may not ease any bladder and bowel symptoms or resolve sexual problems that you had before surgery.