Prolapse Surgery Complications
Prolapse surgery complications vary depending on the surgery and your response to recovery. You may experience bleeding, obstruction of the bowel, and more frequent and constipation. There may be unexpected damage caused to other parts of your body, such as damage to the nerves, bladder damage, or trauma to other surrounding organs. Some patients may experience a narrowing of the rectum or vagina. One complication can also be the reoccurrences of pelvic organ prolapses, which could result in repeat surgical procedures. This can occur because of gravity continuing to pull on muscles and tissues as we age, causing them to stretch further.
Prolapse surgery complications can also include an infection. Some patients can develop an infection from the surgery or any device that might be implanted, such as the mesh sling for a fallen bladder or a vaginal pessary. Dr. Gheiler may prescribe antibiotics intravenously before the surgery and perhaps prescribe them for you to take after surgery as a precaution to prevent any surgical site infection or abnormal bladder symptoms such as bladder infections.
Other possible urinary symptoms that can appear after surgery are urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Even with the placement of a bladder sling that can help address urinary incontinence that existed prior to surgery, you may still experience some stress incontinence afterwards. This, however, can diminish over time. You may be prescribed medication to help with this condition. Urinary retention after surgery is rare but could develop with recurring dropped bladder surgeries. You may have to use a catheter after surgery for a few days to be sure your bladder empties completely and to avoid any chance of urinary retention developing.
You may feel pain at the surgical site, which can be treated with pain medication. In addition you can experience painful intercourse for several weeks due to scarring or damage to tissue because of the herniated vaginal wall.
Prolapse surgery complications may result in the need for a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and prevent recurrence of a prolapse in the pelvic area. A fistula, or abnormal connection in the body, is a rare but possible complication of prolapse surgery. A vesiocovaginal fistula between the bladder and vagina can cause continuous leakage of urine from the vagina. This could be repaired through another surgical procedure conducted through the vagina. Urology Specialists has highly skilled and experienced urologists to diagnose and treat any type of prolapse you may have. We will offer quality treatment methods and help reduce and minimize the possible complications after any needed surgical procedure.