Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Vaginal Reconstruction
Vaginal prolapse is a common condition where the bladder, uterus and/or bowel slip out of place and hang into the vagina. This occurs when the muscles, ligaments and tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place weaken, allowing the uterus, vaginal walls, bladder and bowel to bulge out of the vagina.
HOW YOU MAY FEEL
Some women may have a significant amount of prolapse but no symptoms but for many women prolapse can cause problems that significantly affect them on a day to day basis. You may feel a sensation of heaviness or dragging in the pelvis, or a lump or bulge coming into the vagina which you notice more at the end of the day of after standing for long periods of time or straining. The bulge can make intercourse difficult or uncomfortable, which means you avoid being intimate. Your bowel may be affected with constipation and a lump coming into the vagina when your bowel is full or your may experience problems with bladder control.
It is not uncommon for women to put up with feeling like this because they are nervous and embarrassed to seek help. But remember that some type of pelvic floor dysfunction affects nearly half of all Australian women. Even though these symptoms can be difficult to discuss, early treatment gives the best outcomes so don’t be embarrassed and come a speak to me.
HOW I CAN HELP
Firstly I will help put you at ease. I will seek information about how you are feeling and the impact this is having on your life. I will then examine you to determine whether a prolapse is present, what form it is and how severe it is. In some cases an ultrasound may be performed.
Based on this information we will discuss the management, which best suit, your situation. These can range from simple behaviour changes, medications to improve your vaginal tissues, to vaginal rings or even surgery.
THINGS TO DO NEXT:
You will need a referral form your GP to come and see me, so do this first
- Ensure either you or your GP send your referral and any relevant test through to me first
- This can be done by either scanning and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing to 8361 8877
Make an appointment to see me
Complete the patient forms
- To help provide me with information necessary for your first visit, please fill in the patient information forms (see here – link patient forms).
MAKE SURE YOU BRING
When you come in for your appointment make sure your bring:
- Referral form – If you don’t have one, call the day prior and we will try and arrange a copy from your GP.
- Any test results you might already have.
- Any imaging your might already have.
- A list of all the medicines you are taking, including the ones you have bought without a prescription.
- Your Medicare card.
- Your private health insurance information.
EMERGENCY AND AFTER HOURS
Our clinic hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
If you are one of my patients and need emergency care or have a medical concern, please contact delivery suite at the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital: (08) 8239 9154
Alternatively dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.
Get in Touch
I am located at:
Calvary Hospital – North Adelaide
89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006
Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Dial an ambulance to be taken to the nearest emergency department.