Uterine Prolapse is the drooping of the uterus into the vagina. This happens when the ligaments supporting the uterus weakens. As a result the uterus starts pressing on other organs resulting in pressure and pain in the pelvic area.
Sling Surgery involves insertion of a piece of material or mesh to hold the uterus in place. It is a procedure in which the uterus need not be removed. The recovery is quicker when compared to a hysterectomy and you will be able to get back to your daily activities sooner. With this procedure the chance of a recurrent prolapsed is considerably less. This procedure can be performed using laparoscopy thus offering the advantages of less scarring and early recovery.
The risks associated with the laparoscopic hysteropexy or sling surgery is
- Damage to surrounding organs
- Resuming normal bowel and bladder function is slow
- Rejection of the mesh by the body resulting in its incorporation in the bowel, bladder or vagina.
- Infection in the spine due to the mesh
You would be able to resume your normal activities very soon but avoid lifting heavy objects. Painkillers may be given to reduce the pain. Some bleeding or vaginal discharge would continue for a few days post surgery.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with the surgery.