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Uterine Prolapse

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A uterine prolapse means your uterus slips down into your vagina. Prolapse can happen if the tissue and muscles supporting your uterus become weak or damaged.

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

may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more pain medicine.

Treatment:

  • Surgery may be used to fix weakened tissue. The muscles and tissues that hold your uterus in place will be tightened. Your healthcare provider may use a mesh patch to hold up your uterus. Your healthcare provider may also use a tissue graft to hold your uterus in place.
  • A hysterectomy is surgery to remove your uterus.
  • Obliterative surgery may be used to close all or part of your vagina. This will hold your uterus in place. With obliterative surgery, you will no longer be able to have vaginal sex.

RISKS:

Even after treatment, your uterus may prolapse again. You may need to use a support device or have more surgery if prolapse happens again.

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.

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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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