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Anterior vaginal wall repair

Vaginal wall repair; Colporrhaphy - repair of vaginal wall; Cystocele repair - vaginal wall repair

Anterior vaginal wall repair is a surgical procedure. This surgery tightens the front (anterior) wall of the vagina.

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Anterior vaginal wall repair (surgical treatment of urinary incontinence) - series

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Description

The anterior vaginal wall can sink (prolapse) or bulge. This occurs when the bladder or the urethra sink into the vagina.

The repair may be done while you are under:

Your surgeon will:


Why the Procedure Is Performed

This procedure is used to repair sinking or bulging of the anterior vaginal wall.

Symptoms of anterior vaginal wall prolapse include:

This surgery by itself does not treat stress incontinence. Stress incontinence is the leaking of urine when you cough, sneeze, or lift. Surgery to correct stress urinary incontinence may be performed along with other surgeries.

Before doing this surgery, your health care provider may have you:

Risks

Risks for anesthesia and surgery in general are:

Risks for this procedure include:

Before the Procedure

Always tell your provider what drugs you are taking. Also tell the provider about the drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.

During the days before the surgery:

On the day of your surgery:

After the Procedure

You may have a catheter to drain urine for 1 or 2 days after surgery.

You will be on a liquid diet right after surgery. When your normal bowel function returns, you can return to your regular diet.

You should not insert anything in the vagina, lift heavy items, or have sex until your surgeon says it is OK.

Outlook (Prognosis)

This surgery will very often repair the prolapse and the symptoms will go away. This improvement will often last for years.

Related Information

Anterior
Vagina
Urinary catheters
Stress urinary incontinence
Artificial urinary sphincter
Urinary incontinence - injectable implant
Urinary incontinence - retropubic suspension
Urinary incontinence - urethral sling procedures
Urinary incontinence - tension-free vaginal tape
Urinary incontinence surgery - female - discharge
When you have urinary incontinence
Kegel exercises - self-care
Urine drainage bags
Self catheterization - female
Suprapubic catheter care
Urinary incontinence products - self-care

References

Kirby AC, Lentz GM. Anatomic defects of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor: abdominal hernias, inguinal hernias, and pelvic organ prolapse: diagnosis and management. In: Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, Lentz GM, Valea FA, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 20.

Winters JC, Krlin RM, Halllner B. Vaginal and abdominal reconstructive surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. In: Partin AW, Dmochowski RR, Kavoussi LR, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 124.

Wolff GF, Winters JC, Krlin RM. Anterior pelvic organ prolapse repair. In: Smith JA Jr, Howards SS, Preminger GM, Dmochowski RR, eds. Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 89.

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Review Date: 5/15/2020  

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