For ladies suffering with some kind of pelvic organ prolapse, this can be devastating and can really damage self-esteem, as well as being uncomfortable or even painful. Prolapse surgery is extremely common, with nearly 250,000 women every year in the US undergoing the procedure. It is estimated 1 in 10 women in the UK will receive prolapse surgery.
A recent study carried out in the United States has concluded that abdominal sacrocolpoplexy surgery – the most common surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, is not a long term solution to the problem of prolapse.
Of 215 people studied, almost a quarter of the women who had undergone prolapse surgery had suffered prolapse again (the surgery had failed) after just five years, with researchers concluding that this kind of surgery is “less effective than desired”.1
Can Kegel8 Help Before And After Prolapse Surgery?
At Kegel8, this is something that we’ve recognised for a long time – prolapse surgery will give you quick relief from the symptoms of prolapse, but unless you strengthen your pelvic floor, chances are the prolapse will return. We compare prolapse surgery to a sticking plaster – it gets rid of the symptoms but doesn’t cure the underlying cause of prolapse which is a weak pelvic floor!
If you are due to undergo prolapse surgery, you can give yourself the best chance of the best possible surgical outcome by exercising pre-surgery with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 Pelvic Toner. This will help to ensure that your muscles are in the best possible shape before surgery, then after surgery, it’s important to Kegel exercise to maintain the results of your prolapse surgery. Before using your Kegel8 again post-surgery, it’s important to get the all-clear from your specialist.
1Benefit of Pelvic Floor Surgery Wanes Over Time, by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today, Published: May 14, 2013