Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment in Northern Virginia

Board Certified Urologists in Alexandria, Woodbridge, and National Harbor

POP refers to the bulging or herniation of one of more pelvic organs into or out of the vagina. The pelvic organs consist of the uterus, vagina, bowel, and bladder.

The board-certified urologists at Potomac Urology specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of pelvic organ prolapse. If you’re experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, contact us today to schedule an appointment in Alexandria or Woodbridge. Give our office a call at (703) 680-2111 to get started. We provide pelvic organ prolapse treatment for women from Lorton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon, Fairfax Station, Burke, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Waldorf, Fairfax, and the surrounding area.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

  • Heavy dragging feeling in the vagina or lower back
  • Feeling of a lump in the vagina or outside the vagina
  • Urinary symptoms: slow stream, incomplete emptying, frequency, urgency, incontinence
  • Bowel symptoms: constipation, incomplete emptying
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse

What Causes POP?

The main cause is damage to nerves, ligaments, and muscles that support the pelvic organs. Risk factors for POP include:

  • Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth
  • Aging/menopause
  • Obesity, chronic cough, chronic constipation
  • Connective tissue disorders

Where can pelvic organ prolapse occur?

Normal Anatomy

The normal female anatomy consists of the bladder, vagina, and rectum supported by pelvic muscles.

Anterior Compartment Prolapse

This is the most common type, involving the bladder and/or urethra bulging into the vagina.

Posterior Compartment Prolapse

The rectum bulges into the back wall of the vagina.

Apical Compartment Prolapse

The uterus pushes out the vagina. This is the 2nd most common form of prolapse.

Treatment Options

  • Non-surgical therapy
    • Observation
    • Pessary
    • Pelvic floor/Kegel exercises
  • Surgical Therapy 

(1) Sacrocolpopexy

  • Restore your pelvic organs to their natural position while retaining sexual function
  • Can be done vaginally, open abdominal incision, or robotically

(2) Vaginal closure (colpocliesis)

  • If you have severe prolapse and are not sexually active

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to use a graft material during the surgery? 
Not all repairs require a graft. If used, the graft may be absorbable or permanent.

How successful is surgery? 
Almost 75% (vaginal surgery) and 90-95% (abdominal/robotic surgery) will have long-term cure of their prolapse symptoms.

Schedule a Pelvic Organ Prolapse Appointment in Northern VA

Call Potomac Urology at (703) 680-2111 to schedule an appointment for pelvic organ prolapse today!