A cystocele often occurs when the supportive tissue located between a woman’s bladder and vaginal wall weakens and expands, leading to the protrusion of the bladder into the vagina. A cystocele is also known as a prolapsed bladder.
The diagnosis of cystocele is usually performed with a pelvic exam.
The treatment generally depends on the severity of the cystocele and if you have any associated conditions such as a prolapsed uterus. Mild cases usually don’t require treatment. You could either go for a wait-and-see approach and occasional visits to your doctor to check whether your prolapse is worsening. You could even adopt certain self-care measures, such as exercises to enhance the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.
If self-care measures don’t prove effective, your doctor may suggest either of these options:
When surgery is necessary
If you have obvious, uncomfortable symptoms, then the cystocele may require immediate surgery.
If the cystocele is accompanied by stress incontinence, the doctor may recommend various procedures to support the urethra including urethral suspension (Tension-free vaginal sling procedure)Authored By Dr. N. Anandan
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