Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Up to one-third of women in the U.S. will have pelvic health problems by age 60. Many women assume their symptoms are a natural part of aging. In reality, they are treatable.

Prolapse usually presents the sense of a bulge from the vagina. It is usually painless and is rarely dangerous. It can occur at any age but increases in prevalence with increasing age. Prolapse is usually bothersome and negatively affects a woman's quality of life. Unfortunately, many women do not seek treatment because they assume this is a natural part of aging and/or they fear treatments. There are effective surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse is diagnosed by a detailed pelvic exam. This will determine treatment options. Rarely, diagnostic imaging is needed. Pelvic organ prolapse commonly occurs with bladder or bowel control issues and sexual dysfunction. Evaluation of all of these pelvic floor symptoms together helps guide appropriate treatment for an individual woman based on her concerns and goals.

At Urology of Indiana we specialize in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of women’s' pelvic floor disorders and diseases. We have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing and treating all types of urinary incontinence and pelvic floor problems and symptoms. 

When surgery is required, our physicians are experienced in the most recent surgical therapies. No one surgery treats all prolapse and the decision to have surgery as well as what surgery to perform is individualized for the patient based on her physical exam, associated symptoms, and goals. Our surgeons have vast experience in open surgery, vaginal surgery, laparoscopic and daVinci robotic surgery.

The pelvic floor can be damaged or compromised by childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic disease or surgery.