Urogynecology is a specialized field of gynecology that involves the diagnosis and management of bladder problems and incontinence, as well as pelvic floor support defects and prolapse. Richard Farnam, MD, is the first fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon to become Urogynecology board certified in El Paso. Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center is dedicated to the advanced treatment of pelvic floor disorders, which differs from an average OB/GYN practice that focuses on obstetrics and pregnancy care. They are a multichannel urodynamic testing facility and can perform all of the diagnostic testing and work up in-office. Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center offers a wide range of state-of-the-art treatments. To learn more, call the office in El Paso, Texas, or schedule your appointment online today.
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor – a network of tissues and muscle – weakens to the point it can no longer do its job. The pelvic floor is supposed to support all of the pelvic organs, including the uterus, bladder, and rectum. When it fails, however, these organs can bulge down into and even out of the vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse is often very uncomfortable and can cause pain. Common symptoms include:
A number of factors can affect the way your pelvic floor performs. Some of the most common causes of pelvic organ prolapse include the following.
Bearing a child vaginally puts a great deal of strain on your pelvic floor. The more children you have vaginally and the larger the child, the greater your risk for pelvic organ prolapse.
Anything that puts continuing pressure on your abdomen, including being overweight, straining during bowel movements, and recurring coughing, can weaken your pelvic floor.
Over time, the muscle in your pelvic floor weakens. As a result, as you age, your likelihood of pelvic organ prolapse increases. This is thanks, at least in part, to decreases in estrogen during menopause.
There is good news about pelvic organ prolapse. Thanks to Dr. Farnam’s extensive expertise, he can offer minimally invasive prolapse surgery. During this procedure – technically known as a da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy – Dr. Farnam uses a robot-assisted surgical device to repair the pelvic floor with only a few very small incisions in the abdomen. He has personally performed over 400 sacrocolpopexy procedures, making him the most experienced surgeon in the El Paso area 10 times over.
If you would like to correct your pelvic organ prolapse with a safe and effective treatment that minimizes your downtime, talk with Dr. Farnam and his experienced team at Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center. Using the most innovative treatments, backed by extensive experience, they can offer you the ideal solution to pelvic organ prolapse.
For more information on prolapse surgery or to schedule a consultation, call or book your appointment online today.