Pelvic Reconstruction FAQ
Answers from Dallas’ Leading OBGYN
Dr. Tricia Shimer is a board-certified OBGYN with extensive experience performing pelvic reconstruction surgery. She has provided this list of frequently asked questions to help patients better understand this procedure as a treatment option for pelvic organ prolapse. If you have more questions or would like to request a consultation, call our OBGYN office in Dallas, TX today at (469) 364-3760.
What is Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Surgery?
Pelvic floor reconstruction surgery is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore strength and integrity to the bottom of pelvic floor by addressing each of the prolapsing organs one by one. This is either done by reconstructing the supporting layer of the pelvis or by removing the organ.
How Painful Is Prolapse Surgery?
Patients may experience some pain immediately after surgery, but this doesn’t generally last longer than a few days or weeks at the most. For women recovering from the surgery, long term pain is very rare.
What Is the Recovery Time for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery?
On average, most patients can resume their normal daily activities around three weeks after surgery. If the doctor was required to make a vaginal incision, the patient may feel some pain during sex so it’s recommended to avoid sexual activity for four to six weeks post surgery.
Can a Prolapse Correct Itself?
Yes, the condition may sometimes heal on its own if the symptoms are mild. We recommend making changes to your lifestyle by way of increasing activeness on a daily basis if possible in order to progress healing.
What Kind of Medical Specialist Performs Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeries?
These surgeries can be performed either by a urologist or a gynecologist, depending on the situation. We recommend asking your doctor about their experience and outcomes performing female pelvic organ surgery so you can minimize the chances of any complications resulting from the surgery.
How Successful Is Pelvic Floor Surgery?
Success rates for pelvic floor surgery can range from 80-90%. However, like many other procedures, there is a chance of recurrence or additional prolapse, so it’s important to follow Dr. Shimer’s recommendations after surgery.
Request a Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Consultation
Dr. Tricia Shimer will take the time to fully explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Call (469) 364-3760 to request a consultation at our OBGYN office in Dallas, TX today!