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Vaginal Repair Surgery

Vaginal repair surgery (Colporrhaphy) can be used to treat prolapse. This is when the muscles and the ligaments that support your vagina and womb can become over stretched and weakened, causing them to drop down. Your bladder and bowel can also drop down and bulge into your vagina.

Vaginal repair surgery can be used to treat prolapse. Common causes of prolapse include pregnancy and childbirth, being very overweight, having constipation, or going through menopause. Prolapse can lead to problems passing urine and opening your bowels. It can also make having sex difficult.

If your prolapse is mild, pelvic floor muscle exercises and vaginal pessaries may help control your symptoms. However, if your prolapse is more severe, you may need to have surgery. Vaginal repair surgery helps to strengthen your vaginal walls and ease your symptoms.

You will usually need to stay in hospital for between one and six days, depending on the type of surgery you have and how well you recover. The operation will be performed under general or local anaesthetic.

The type of surgery you have depends on where and how severe the prolapse is. Your Consultant Surgeon will usually repair your vaginal wall through your vagina, so all your stitches will be inside your vagina and you shouldn’t have a scar on your abdomen. It usually takes about 12 weeks to make a full recovery from vaginal repair surgery, but this can vary.

After surgery, you will have some pain and discomfort in your abdomen and vagina. You will also have some vaginal bleeding, similar in amount to a normal period, which may last for up to six weeks.

Complications of vaginal repair surgery may include:

  • infection
  • damage to the womb, vagina or cervix, and/or part of the bladder or bowel
  • problems passing urine (this usually passes without the need for treatment)

Vaginal repair surgery doesn’t always repair a prolapse completely and some women find that the prolapse comes back. If this happens, you may need more surgery. Vaginal repair surgery may not ease any bladder and bowel symptoms or resolve sexual problems that you had before surgery.

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If you would like to book a consultation regarding vaginal repair surgery you can contact our team by calling 020 7806 4098 or by emailing london.wellwomanclinic@hje.org.uk

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The Wellwoman Clinic is a specialist centre offering assessment and treatment of gynaecological conditions. We treat women of all ages, prioritising patient needs and comfort throughout their treatment.

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*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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