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Procedure - Pelvic Organ Prolapse (Sacrocolpopexy)

A common occurrence for women following childbirth is pelvic organ prolapse. This is a condition where one or more of the organs in the pelvic region (lower belly) drops and puts pressure on the walls of the vagina. Pelvic prolapse can also occur following a hysterectomy, since the uterus is no longer there to offer support to the other organs. Pelvic organ prolapse is more likely to occur in older women and tends to run in families. To correct a pelvic organ prolapse and relieve uncomfortable symptoms, an Ogden Clinic OB/GYN in Utah may recommend a laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy procedure.

Some symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • Pressure of pelvic organs (uterus, small bowel, rectum, bladder, urethra) pressing against the walls of the vagina
  • Feeling very full in the lower belly
  • Feeling like something is falling out of your vagina
  • Experiencing urinary incontinence or feeling the urge to frequently urinate
  • Pain in the vagina during sexual intercourse
  • Having problems with the bowels, such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Feeling a pull in the groin area or pain in the lower back

Many cases of pelvic organ prolapse can be managed with non-surgical treatments, but for women who are experiencing severe pain, incontinence, and painful intercourse, a specialist will want to correct the problem with a laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy procedure. There are a variety of different locations that a prolapse occur including:

Anterior Prolapse: This type of prolapse involves the bladder and is known as a cystocele.

Posterior Prolapse: A posterior prolapse usually involves the rectum and is called a rectocele.

Uterine Prolapse: This type of prolapse involves the uterus. Depending on whether or not you want to have children in the future, your doctor will either repair the prolapse or perform a hysterectomy to correct the problem.

Vaginal Vault Prolapse: A vaginal vault prolapse occurs in women who have already had a hysterectomy and commonly involves the bladder, rectum, and small bowel.

Ultimately your doctor will decide if laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy is an appropriate treatment for you, depending on the type and degree of prolapse you have, as well as the severity of your symptoms. If you would like to learn more about the laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy procedure at Ogden Clinic in Utah, contact us today to schedule a consultation.


Lammi, Kirk, DO, FACOOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Larson, Alex, MD, FACOG
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Roberts, Audrey, MD, IBCLC
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240