Dropped Bladder Surgery
Approximately 22.7 women out of every 10,000 women suffer from a condition called dropped bladder or cystocele. In some of these instances the only ‘cure’ is for dropped bladder surgery to be performed. These surgeries are reserved for women who have Stage III and Stage IV cystocele. The approximate age of these women are 55 years of age. With the modern age of medical technology this procedure is rather safe.
In Stage III cystocele the bladder has dropped to its lowest point in the vagina, whereas in Stage IV, the bladder will protrude outside the vagina, causing extreme discomfort for the patient. All other treatments at this point would not suffice, so dropped bladder surgery is the only option left open to the sufferer.
These surgeries are typically performed in a hospital setting with a urologist, a gynecologist or a urogynecologist whose medical studies have made him an expert in both fields. These dropped bladder procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Procedures may include laparoscopic surgery where small incisions are made in the abdominal wall. Another procedure would be to make the necessary repairs through the vaginal cavity. If for some reason the surgeon feels these would be inadequate methods, an abdominal incision would be made.
Based on the extent of damage involved, the surgeon performing the dropped bladder surgery made need to repair the center of the front wall of the vagina. It is this fibrous tissue that separates the vagina and the bladder. There is also very strong connective tissue on each side of the bladder that normally holds it in place. If this lateral or paravaginal tissue has weakened, it will need to be repaired. In some instances, there can be both a central and a lateral defect. The type of problem one has, will determine the type of surgery that will be performed.
Dropped bladder surgery is used to restore the placement of the bladder to its normal position in the abdomen. The surgeon, on occasion, may have to introduce an artificial means of holding the bladder in place, often referred to as a sling.
The average hospital stay for dropped bladder surgery is six to seven days. Full recovery cannot be expected for four to six weeks with many limitations placed on the patient. The amount of time on your feet may be limited and the lifting of objects with much more than five or ten pounds is strictly forbidden. Patience will be a priority during recovery, but the end result will be worth the wait.