Urogynecologists located in Madison, MS & Flowood, MS
When women from in and around Jackson, Mississippi suffer from uterine prolapse, the doctors and staff at Southeast Urogyn offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to repair this condition.
Uterine Prolapse Q & A
What Is Uterine Prolapse?
Uterine prolapse is a condition where the uterus descends into the vaginal canal. The uterus can drop in full or in part. A first-degree prolapse occurs when the cervix drops into the vagina. A second-degree prolapse occurs when the cervix is level with the vaginal opening. When the cervix is outside of the vagina, the prolapse is classified as third degree. When the entire uterus is outside of the vagina, the prolapse is fourth degree and referred to as procidentia.
What Causes Uterine Prolapse?
Uterine prolapse is caused by weakness in the vaginal muscles and pelvic floor muscles. Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth are common causes due to the stress and trauma to the vagina and pelvic floor during gestation and delivery. Aging and the declining levels of estrogen associated with menopause also contribute to a thinning and weakening of the vaginal walls and pelvic floor which can lead to uterine prolapse. Conditions that put extra pressure on the abdomen, like a chronic cough, straining to pass a bowel movement, or being obese can also factor into the development of this condition.
How Is Uterine Prolapse Treated?
Women should all practice pelvic floor exercises like Kegels to build strength in this area to either prevent uterine prolapse or to rehabilitate the pelvis following prolapse. Some women may benefit from estrogen treatments through suppositories ovules or rings inserted into the vagina. Surgery is an option as symptoms dictate circumstances. A hysterectomy removes the uterus, which will remove the prolapse. Hysterectomies are often performed in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures or through an incisionless procedure through the vagina. If surgery is not an option, some women may benefit from a supportive device like a pessary that acts like scaffolding within the pelvis to help hold the uterus in place. The doctors at Southeast Urogyn have performed thousands of surgeries for this condition and data show that outcomes from surgery are much better with more experience. Southeast Urogyn provides thorough consultations to their patients to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient.
Southeast Urogyn provides expert care, and wants every patient to be able to afford the checkups they need. If you have any questions about the insurance we accept, please call or office to see how we can best help you.
Words from our patients
"Southeast Urogyn is the BEST facility in Mississippi to go for any of your needs regarding menopause and Urogynecology."
"I met with Dr. Harris for the first time in August of 2015, and was immediately impressed. Please don't hesitate to make an appointment. You'll be glad you did."
"I felt no embarrassment from the initial physician's exam, the urodynamics testing by the nurse or the surgery. I could not have asked for a better doctor and staff."
"Dr. Harris explained everything in detail. He was very patient and kind. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends."
"I received a recommendation from a trusted source, and she was right on. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Harris to all my female friends."
"Dr. Harris is extremely professional and friendly. He has given my life back to me and I will always recommend him to others."
"Top notch doctor and staff. I was tremendously satisfied with my bladder sling surgery and results. Dr. Harris is compassionate and treats you with dignity."
"I had trouble with incontinence. My internal medicine dr. referred me to Dr. Speights. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and the results are amazing."
"I highly recommend him. He is very personable, confident, and a caring physician. Besides being a great physician, he is a wonderful person."
"Dr. Speights repaired several issues that I had been troubled with for some time. I can now return to my normal daily activities without any problems."
"I felt very comfortable talking with Dr. Speights about the issues that I was having. He explained everything to me and was open for any questions that I might have."
"Dr. Speights was very helpful and kind. He explained my diagnosis and surgery to me and my husband in detail and answered all of our questions."