For successful treatment of urogynecological problems, diagnosis of the exact cause is critical. A simple pelvic or rectal examination is completed as part of a complete physical examination for a diagnosis. During the appointment, your doctor will attempt to determine the severity of the problem, typically by observation of the vaginal walls and cervix. Your doctor also might even ask you to strain to cough during the exam.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will discuss with you your treatment options. Often, only simple non-invasive treatments and lifestyle changes are recommended. However, if the symptoms are painful or interrupting your lifestyle, surgery may be suggested.
If surgery is necessary, the following may be suggested:
- Cystocele repair: Repair of the bladder
- Urethrocele repair: Repair of the urethra
- Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus
- Rectocele repair: Repair of the rectum
- Enterocele repair: Repair of the small bowel
- Vaginal vault suspension: Repair of the vaginal wall
If you have questions about your gynecological health, or would like to discuss treatment with one of our pelvic reconstruction experts, please call 770.720.7733.