Vaginal Reconstruction and Tightening
in Newport Beach
Correction of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Natural aging and childbirth can cause changes to your body that are unpleasant and even painful. Over time, women’s pelvic organs can fall out of place and press against their vaginal wall. This condition is known as pelvic organ prolapse. When the condition worsens, a vaginal bulge can appear. This bulge is obvious in some clothing and can be embarrassing for many women. Additionally, the vaginal bulge is painful and can cause bladder and bowel dysfunction. A surgical procedure for vaginal reconstruction and tightening called anterior and posterior repair can be performed to prevent further discomfort and pain.
Am I a Candidate for Vaginal Reconstruction and Tightening?
You may be a candidate for anterior and posterior repair if you experience pain and discomfort due to pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse can happen at any age, for any reason, but is most common in women over 40 who have had children.
Candidates for anterior and posterior repair experience:
- Urinary incontinence
- Incomplete urinary emptying
- Pelvic pressure
- Pelvic pain
- Bowel dysfunction
- A bulge in the vagina
- Painful intercourse
How Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treated?
Posterior and anterior repair surgery can be performed together or alone, based on your specific needs. The procedure is commonly performed using general anesthesia to ensure you do not feel any pain.
Anterior Vaginal Repair Surgery
Anterior repair is performed when the bladder drops from its normal position and bulges out of the vagina. This issue can cause pain, urinary retention, and sometimes urinary incontinence. During anterior repair, the surgeon repositions the bladder into its original position and reinforces the vaginal wall. Incision placement varies between patients, but incisions are commonly made along the front wall of the vagina. This procedure also tightens the vaginal canal.
Posterior Vaginal Repair Surgery
Posterior repair is performed when the rectum drops from its normal position and bulges into the vagina. This can result in bowel dysfunction, discomfort, and pain. During posterior vaginal repair, your surgeon will reposition the rectum back to its original state. He will then tighten and reinforce the vaginal wall tissue. Incisions for posterior vaginal repair surgery are made on the posterior wall of the vagina.
What Is the Recovery From Anterior and Posterior Repair Like?
Anterior and posterior repair is typically performed as a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. When you get home from surgery, you will want to spend adequate time resting to ensure proper recovery. You should avoid strenuous activity and exercise for at least four to six weeks and refrain from penetrative sexual activity until cleared to resume.
You may experience pain and discomfort while you are healing, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
What Results Should I Expect From Vaginal Reconstruction and Tightening?
Immediately after surgery, you will notice that your bladder and/or rectum is no longer bulging into or out of the vagina. After complete recovery, you will experience significant improvement from the “bulge” symptoms. It is important to note that there are many other causes of bladder and bowel dysfunctions. Please consult with Dr. Yu to assess if you are a good candidate for surgery.
Interested in Learning More
about Anterior and Posterior Repair in Newport Beach?
If you are interested in learning more about how your pelvic organ prolapse can be treated with anterior and posterior repair surgery, please call our Newport Beach office at 949-432-4017 or fill out our online contact form.