A Pelvic Organ Anatomy Lesson 101

Jane Akre
October 28, 2011

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is explained in this You Tube video (click here).

The video clearly shows a 3-D animation of the female anatomy which is well done and preferable to some pelvic surgery videos currently on You Tube.

This one from Nucleus Medical Media and DrRMO who is not identified in the video.

Female organs are held in place in the pelvis by muscles and tissues.

If your muscles are weak or tear, your organs may drop down into your vagina, called Prolapse.

When the Bladder and Urethra Prolapse into the front vaginal wall a Cystourethrocele condition is created. In this case the video says a surgeon may do an Anterior Colporrhaphy where the surgeon makes an incision in vagina to push the organs back in place and suture the tissue to keep the bladder back in place.

If the rectum or tissue between the rectum and vagina prolapse into the vagina you have a Rectocele condition and may need Posterior Colporrhaphy which again involves an incision in the vagina with the surgeon pushing back and up the rectum and sutures the vagina to support the area.

The treatment called Vaginal Vault Suspension is done when the pelvic lining and small intestine prolapse into the upper vagina called an Enterocele. With an incision, the surgeon pushes the small intestine back into position and this video says attach the top of the vagina into strong pelvic ligaments.

As if that were not enough, your uterus can also prolapse through the vagina which can bulge outside of the body looking like a baby’s head crowning. The repair can be done using laparoscopic instruments inserted through the lower abdomen and using lighted cameras to view your pelvic organs on a video screen. Using special tools the surgeon lifts and supports the uterus by suspending it from ligaments at the base of your spine, in this case, the video shows, using surgical mesh.

Editors Note* If all this doesn't drive you to exercise I don't know what will. See the article on Dr. Susan Lark (here) and her recommendations for pelvic muscle tone and health.

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