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GYNECARE PROLIFT® - Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Many women are understandably reluctant to talk to their doctors about pelvic organ prolapse (POP), sometimes known as "dropped bladder." In fact, many women don’t realize pelvic organ prolapse is an extremely common, treatable condition – and not just a natural part of aging they have to accept.


Have you felt a pressure in your pelvic area that won't go away? Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse? Does it constantly feel like you are wearing a tampon, and it’s falling out? Or have you had difficulties going to the bathroom lately?

At first you may have wondered if these symptoms were “all in your head” – but as symptoms persist over time, you know their impact on your life is real – and troubling. What might be happening to your body, and how can you start feeling like yourself again?

A treatable problem

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common but rarely discussed condition in which organs in the pelvic region drop out of their normal position and protrude, or “prolapse,” into the vaginal canal.
  • In one study conducted in Sweden, prolapse occurred in more than 55% of women from age 50-59.
  • In the US, about 4 out of 10 women over age 50 have some form of prolapse.
  • More than 1 in 10 women is at risk of having surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence by age 80.3

Pelvic organ prolapse can have a profound impact on your quality of life. It can be uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. Women tend to limit their daily activities and avoid sex because of pain and the need to urinate frequently.

But—there is a treatment that may help. Stop Coping. Start Living.™

If, like many women, you’ve been reluctant to talk about pelvic organ prolapse, you may not realize how common it is – or that you don’t have to accept the limits it can put on your lifestyle.

GYNECARE PROLIFT® Pelvic Floor Repair System is a soft, synthetic mesh that helps restore proper support of prolapsed organs like the bladder, rectum or uterus. The doctor inserts the mesh through the vagina and corrects the position of any organs that have “dropped out” of their normal position, or prolapsed. The GYNECARE PROLIFT® mesh acts as a supportive sling, restoring support and keeping prolapsed organs in their correct positions.

What happens during the procedure?

Using small incisions inside the vagina, the surgeon first repositions the prolapsed organs, such as a “dropped bladder”, and then secures them to surrounding tissues and ligaments using the GYNECARE PROLIFT® Pelvic Floor Repair System soft mesh, a material similar to that used for abdominal hernia repair.

The surgery takes only 1 to 2 hours and can be performed under regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia or general anesthesia. It often requires a hospital stay of less than 48 hours.

What happens after the procedure?

After treatment with GYNECARE PROLIFT®, pelvic organ prolapse patients often stay in the hospital for less than 48 hours. Many patients return to normal daily activities within 3 to 4 days, and most completely recover within 2 to 3 weeks.

During this recovery period, there should be minimal interference with daily activities, although you will have to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse for up to 6 weeks.

What are the risks with GYNECARE PROLIFT®?

All surgical procedures present some risks. Complications associated with the procedure include injury to blood vessels of the pelvis, nerve damage, difficulty urinating, bladder, bowel injury and pain with sexual intercourse. There is also a risk of the mesh material becoming exposed into the vaginal canal.

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