Vaginal Prolapse | Pelvic Floor Dysfunction | Urethrocele | Vaginal Pessary | Plano, Texas

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The Women's Specialists in Plano, Texas (http://obgynplano.com) offer specialized treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. There are many causes of this disorder and various organs that can be affected. It is important to discuss your specific symptoms with your OBGYN so that the appropriate course of treatment can be implement.

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Vaginal Prolapse | Pelvic Floor Dysfunction | Urethrocele | Vaginal Pessary | Plano, Texas

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 Pelvic Floor Dysfunction | Vaginal Prolapse | Vaginal Pessary | Plano, TexasThe Women’s Specialists of Plano (972.379.2416, http://obgynplano.com) offers specializes inpelvic floor dysfunction and vaginal prolapse. When Jean, a 74-year old resident of Plano,Texas, began having unusual and at times frightening symptoms during bowel movements, shedecided to make an appointment with the Women’s Specialists of Plano. “What should havebeen an everyday normal bodily function for anyone, created stress and anxiety for me becauseevery time I attempted to take a bowel movement, I felt as if my internal organs were comingout—and in most cases, they were,” said Jean.Jean’s OBGYN, Dr. Murray Fox, diagnosed her condition as pelvic floor dysfunction, or in hercase, a vaginal prolapse. It is a common disorder seen by the entire group of doctors at WSOPincluding Drs. Jules Monier, Dennis Eisenberg, Daryl Greebon and Jon Ricks.Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition in which the muscles that uphold the reproductive anddigestive organs of a female weaken, and fail to work properly. The immediate result of thismuscle failure is “falling of the female organs”, or, a sensation of pelvic pressure or an actualfalling of the organs dropping through the vagina. Difficulty passing stools and urinaryincontinence are the most common immediate symptoms eventually causing pain, and evenmore alarming symptoms such as what Jean was experiencing. With the insertion of a vaginalpessary, Jean’s symptoms went away and she was able to resume life as normal.During the early stages of pelvic floor dysfunction, it may be possible to re-strengthen the pelvicmuscles through physical therapy and repair the damage before the dysfunction progresses.But due to the nature of the symptoms, it is commonly missed at an early stage, and thedysfunction becomes much worse.When pelvic floor dysfunction is not treated properly or immediately it can cause problems ofmuch larger proportions such as: • Cystocele-The protrusion of the bladder into, and at times through the vagina. • Rectocele-The protrusion of the rectum into, and at times through the vagina. • Enterocele-The protrusion of the bowel into, and at times through the vagina. • Urethrocele-The protrusion of the urethra into, and at times through the vagina. • Vaginal Prolapse-The protrusion of the top of the vagina into the lower portion of the vagina completely inverting it. (This is most common in post-hysterectomy patients.)Statistics suggest that 40% of women between 60-80 years of age will experience some degreeof pelvic floor dysfunction or vaginal prolapse. At this age the dysfunction is the resort ofmultiple things including age, gravity, number of children, constipation, childbirth etc. However, itis important to note that 1 of every 3 women of 25 and up will suffer from the dysfunction aswell. The most common causes being pregnancy, obesity, vaginal delivery, and menopause.If you begin to notice symptoms that lead you to believe that you may be suffering from anydegree of pelvic floor dysfunction, consult with your physician as soon as possible. Pelvic floordysfunction is diagnosed through a series of testing. Your doctor will begin their testing with acareful study of your medical history, symptoms, and physically or emotionally traumaticexperiences that could be contributing to the physical and emotional pain of this disorder.Specific tests will be administered to determine which muscles are not properly performing theirjob.
  2. 2. Pelvic floor dysfunction may be treated with specialized physical therapy known as biofeedbackif the dysfunction is found at an early stage. With biofeedback, a person may be able tostrengthen the pelvic floor muscles and remind the body to perform these tasks as it should.Approximately 75% of individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction experience significantimprovement with biofeedback.Many times, pelvic floor dysfunction patients and those suffering from vaginal prolapse will needcorrective surgery. Using a vaginal pessary or a mesh device is often effective for curing theproblem. A vaginal pessary can be inserted into the vagina to support the prolapsed organs.Meshes to secure organs into place are also commonly used. Using sutures, a mesh is used tohelp keep the bladder, uterus or other pelvic organs secure. Using a pessary or a mesh willcommonly alleviate symptoms.If you are experiencing unusual symptoms that you believe may be associated with pelvic floordysfunction, consult with your doctor and learn about the treatment options that are available tohelp you with your specific situation.





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