Updated: Jul 12
Prolapse repair, bladder lift, hysterectomy- These are all surgeries that can benefit from work before and after to help the pelvic floor and core be flexible and functional.
There are plenty of less invasive options to try before you choose surgery for prolapse or incontinence. Also work you can do before and after a hysterecomy. After a hysterectomy you are at risk for bladder prolapse or rectocele.
Working with Thrive can help improve the function, flexibility and strength of the pelvic floor and core. It can also address some of the root causes such as posture, and habits. If one of your pelvic organs is prolapsed, you're more likely to develop another type of pelvic organ prolapse. Sleuthing out the root causes of the downward pressure that caused the prolapse are an important part of preventing it from progressing or after surgery- reoccurring. Working with strengthening the diaphragm and breath is also important as it all works together.
See a pelvic physiotherapist. They can assess the strength of the pelvic structures, identify weaknesses and problems. They can provide exercise and other solutions.
You can be fitted with a pessary. A pessary, is a supportive device that’s inserted into the vagina to hold your bladder in place. They come in many shapes and sizes.
Remember that prolapse surgery only repairs the tissue bulge. If the bulge doesn't bother you, surgery isn't needed. Recurrent prolapse is common, as surgery doesn't repair the underlying weakened tissues or address the root cause.
Before surgery for prolapse or bladder repair, try some or all the options above. If you decide to have surgery- getting the pelvic floor, and core flexible and strong beforehand helps with recovery and the longevity of the procedure. After surgery it is important to reassess and adjust your program in order to maintain the function of the pelvic floor and core.