Uterine Prolapse

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Uterine prolapse is when your uterus slips into your vagina.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

  • Pessaries may cause you to have a vaginal infection if they are not cared for properly. You may get a urinary tract infection, have kidney swelling, or a fistula (a tunnel between your vagina and anus). Pessaries may also cause irritation or bleeding in your vagina. You may bleed more than expected during surgery and need a blood transfusion. You may leak urine after surgery and feel pain during sex. If your caregiver used mesh during surgery to hold up your uterus, it may become infected. The mesh may also break down and you may need another surgery to remove it. Your bladder or other organs in your pelvis may be injured during surgery. Even after surgery, your uterus may prolapse again.

  • If your uterine prolapse is not treated, your uterus may fall further down into your vagina. Your bladder and bowel may also prolapse, and your symptoms may be harder to treat.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Pain medicine:

You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease severe pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more pain medicine.

Treatments:

  • Surgery to fix weakened tissue: The muscles and tissues that hold your uterus in place will be tightened. Your caregiver may use a mesh patch to hold up your uterus. Your caregiver may also use a tissue graft to hold your uterus in place.

  • Hysterectomy: Your uterus will be removed during this surgery.

  • Obliterative surgery: All or part of your vagina will be closed to hold your uterus in place. With obliterative surgery, you will no longer be able to have vaginal sex.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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