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Procedure - Prolapse Surgery

Have you been experiencing pain in your pelvic region? Did you recently give birth or strain yourself from lifting something too heavy? The pain and pressure you feel could be a prolapsed organ. Organ prolapse is a condition that can occur in both men and women due to a weakened pelvic floor. A prolapse involves organs of the pelvis including the bladder, bowel, and uterus. While there are several treatment options, one of the best ways to correct the problem is with prolapse surgery at Ogden Clinic in Utah.

Prolapse of the pelvic organs can be caused by aging, childbirth, chronic coughing, constipation, inappropriate exercise, menopause, obesity, pregnancy, previous pelvic surgery, and strain from heavy lifting.

The type of prolapse surgery needed at Ogden Clinic depends on the organ that has prolapsed and the severity. When organs prolapse it creates a bulge of tissue, which can result in pain, pressure, and problems with the bowels, such as constipation. Prolapse surgery seeks to repair the bulge, but does not correct the underlying weakened pelvic tissues. Organs may not return to 100 percent function after a prolapse, but surgery can help alleviate the more severe problems. Some common types of prolapse surgery include:

  • Posterior prolapse surgery: When the rectum is prolapsed it is known as a rectocele. To correct the prolapsed rectum, the doctor will use connective tissue to reduce the size of the bulge and remove any excess tissue.
  • Anterior prolapse surgery: An anterior prolapse frequently involves the bladder and is referred to as a cystocele. The doctor will use connective tissue to secure the bladder back in its proper position and remove any excess tissue. If you have been struggling with incontinence, they may also recommend a bladder sling to support the urethra.
  • Uterine prolapse surgery: For women with a prolapsed uterus, the doctor will recommend removing the uterus through a hysterectomy, but only if the woman no longer wants to have children.
  • Vaginal vault prolapse surgery: When a woman has already had a hysterectomy, she may experience vaginal vault prolapse which often involves the bladder, rectum, and small bowel. This bulge is called an enterocele. To correct the prolapse, the doctor will either use a vaginal or abdominal approach. A vaginal approach is called a sacrospinous fixation, while the abdominal approach is called a sacral colpopexy.

If you have recently been diagnosed with organ prolapse, or are concerned about pain in your pelvic region, contact Ogden Clinic in Utah to learn more about our prolapse surgery options.


Beverly, Steven, MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

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

Palmer, Bryan, MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

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

Rynearson, Scott, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3100

Schwartz, Zheila, FNP-C
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240

Smith, Traysa, PA-C
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Stuart, Mari, WHNP-BC, MS, CNM
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3100