Vaginal vault prolapse is one of several types of pelvic organ prolapse POP in which an organ drops prolapses into the vaginal wall. In the case of vaginal vault prolapse, the upper part of the vagina is the organ that prolapses. Other forms of pelvic organ prolapse such as bladder, rectum, small bowel are very often present when a vaginal vault prolapse occurs. Vaginal vault prolapse most often occurs in women who have had a hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus. The uterus helps support the upper vagina. As the upper vagina falls into the vagina canal, the vaginal walls may also weaken.
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Problems with this support system, called the pelvic floor, are common in women who have had children. Vaginal prolapse causes protrusion of the pelvic organs into the vagina, which can lead to urinary incontinence and other problems. Vaginal prolapse surgery is a major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options depending on your circumstances. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having vaginal prolapse surgery. Vaginal prolapse is a condition in which a pelvic organ slips out of its normal place and protrudes into the vagina. Often, two or more pelvic organs are prolapsed, including the bladder, rectum, bowel, uterus, and vaginal vault upper portion of the vagina.
Women who have had multiple pregnancies or deliver children vaginally are at a higher risk for prolapse. Prolapse is diagnosed during a physical examination. Your urologist will review any symptoms you are experiencing and may run tests to determine the severity of the condition.
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