Vaginal Suspension Specialist

Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery located in Phoenix, AZ

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Vaginal Suspension
If the ligaments and muscles within the pelvis weaken, a possible result is a potentially painful condition called vaginal vault prolapse. To treat this issue and prevent complications, the team of specialists perform vaginal suspension surgery at Valley Urogynecology Associates in Phoenix, Arizona. Schedule your consultation over the phone or online at Valley Urogynecology Associates today.

What is vaginal suspension?

Vaginal suspension, or vaginal vault suspension, is a surgery for vaginal wall prolapse. During the surgery, your providers at Valley Urogynecology Associates reattach the prolapsed vaginal wall to the ligaments attached to the uterus. They either place permanent stitches to attach the tissue or keep it in place with a synthetic mesh. 

Depending on several factors, your surgery uses one of these two techniques:

Vaginal approach

During this surgical technique, the team dilates your vaginal to gain access to the organs and make repairs. 

Abdominal approach

During this surgical technique, your surgeon accesses the tissue and makes repairs through incisions in your abdomen. Laparotomy involves a single larger incision while laparoscopy allows your surgeon to make repairs through small incisions. 

What does vaginal suspension treat?

Vaginal suspension is a surgery to treat vaginal vault prolapse, which happens when the upper portion of your vagina becomes weaker and sags or migrates down into the vaginal canal or even outside the vagina. It is the result of the tissues’ weakening over time.

As vaginal vault prolapse worsens, it can lead to symptoms like:

  • Heaviness in the pelvis
  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • A mass bulging out of your vagina
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Urinary incontinence

Repairing your vaginal wall prolapse with vaginal suspension surgery can minimize or resolve these common symptoms of vaginal wall prolapse that tend to worsen without treatment. 

What should I expect after vaginal suspension?

After your vaginal vault suspension surgery, you must stay in the hospital for a day or two. That is primarily because the surgery requires general anesthesia, and your providers will want to monitor you for some time after they make the repairs. 

It takes around six weeks to heal to the point that you can engage in your usual activities again. You should avoid all strenuous activity at first before gradually building up to it as you recover. You can resume sexual intercourse after six weeks of healing. 

Valley Urogynecology Associates welcomes you in for follow-up visits after your surgery to make sure the healing process is going smoothly and that you don’t develop any complications like fistulas or infections. 

To schedule an evaluation and consultation for vaginal suspension surgery, call Valley Urogynecology Associates or book an appointment online today.