Uterine Prolapse

As women’s bodies change due to age and/or childbirth, the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor can weaken or stretch, causing the bladder, uterus or rectum to prolapse, or slip out of position.

Who Should See a Uterine Prolapse Specialist

Prolapse is a common condition for women, but the signs and symptoms can be worrisome, uncomfortable and often embarrassing. You should see your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • A feeling of pulling or heaviness in your pelvis
  • urinary incontinence or retention
  • tissue protruding from your vagina
  • sensation of something falling out of your vagina or as if you were sitting on a small ball near your vagina
  • sexual concerns, like a looseness in your vaginal tissue
  • issues with having a bowel movement

Diagnosing Uterine Prolapse

If you think you may be experiencing prolapse of your uterus, bladder or rectum, don’t wait to get help. After conducting a thorough pelvic exam, our urology specialists will determine the right treatment option for you.

Treating Uterine Prolapse

We offer a range of treatment options all designed to restore physical comfort and peace of mind, including:

Pelvic Floor Exercises

If you are experiencing mild prolapse, your doctor may recommend special exercises to help you strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. If you choose this course of treatment, Hackensack’s specially trained nurses or physical therapists will teach you the proper exercises and monitor your progress.

Pessary Device

If you are experiencing any form of prolapse, your doctor may recommend an in-office pessary fitting. A pessary is a device fitted in your vagina that supports the uterus or other pelvic organs. This nonsurgical, minimally invasive approach to treating prolapse requires ongoing maintenance performed either at home or in the doctor’s office.

Surgery

If you are experiencing moderate to severe prolapse, your doctor may recommend surgery to reconstruct your pelvic floor. Our urologists perform expert, state-of-the-art reconstructive surgery using native tissues, mesh or biological materials to provide support to your uterus, bladder or rectum. This can be done transvaginally or with the assistance of robotic technology. Occasionally, a hysterectomy may be performed at the same time.

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care

Quality

Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.

Innovation

Hackensack University Medical Center offers the only fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the state of New Jersey. This program offers high-level, subspecialty training to surgeons who have completed their residency in urology or gynecology.

Patient Experience

We specialize in a range of urologic disciplines including urologic oncology, infertility, stone disease, sexual dysfunction, female urology and pediatric urology.

Our Doctors

Combining medical expertise, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art facilities, our physicians provide you with innovative diagnostic, treatment, prevention, and screening services for the full range of urologic disorders and diseases.