Vaginal repair surgery
About vaginal repair surgery
Vaginal repair surgery is an operation to strengthen the walls of your vagina.
Your vagina acts as a support structure that holds your pelvic organs, such as your womb, bowel and bladder in place. If this support system weakens or breaks, one or more of your pelvic organs can slip down or bulge into your vagina. This is called vaginal prolapse and can happen after pregnancy, for example, or if you have a weakness in your pelvic floor muscles. Vaginal repair surgery aims to restore your vagina's normal support.
How can I prepare for my vaginal repair surgery?
Your surgeon will explain how to prepare and what will happen when you have vaginal repair surgery. Your hospital may ask you not to eat or drink anything for a set time before your procedure.
What happens during my vaginal repair surgery?
Your surgeon will talk you through the process and ask you to sign a consent form.
You may have a vaginal repair surgery under general anaesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the procedure. Alternatively, you may have a local anaesthetic. This will numb the area and completely block any pain.
There are a number of operations for vaginal repair surgery. The type you have will depend on whether you have a weakness in the front, or back of your vagina (or both).
Your surgeon will repair your vaginal wall through your vagina or he or she will make a cut in your abdomen (tummy). Your surgeon will strengthen the tissue that supports your vagina with stitches. He or she may also stitch a mesh over the repaired wall for extra support.
The procedure usually takes around an hour but this will depend on the exact type of surgery you have. You may need to stay in hospital for two to three days.
Are there any complications or risks of my vaginal repair surgery?
As with every procedure, there are complications associated with a vaginal repair surgery. Speak to your surgeon for more information.
Complications of vaginal repair surgery include infection, and an injury to your vagina, womb, bladder or bowel. It's also possible you could have problems passing urine.
If your surgeon uses a mesh, it can potentially erode through your vagina wall. This can cause problems when you have sex.
Most women have a successful operation. However, it's possible that the prolapse can come back and you may need another operation.
Recovering from vaginal repair surgery
You might have some pain in your groin and abdomen for a week or two. You may have some blood initially and discharge from your vagina for several weeks too.
Don't lift anything heavy or do any strenuous activity for at least six weeks after vaginal repair surgery. It's best not to have sex during this time too.
It can take two to three months to make a full recovery. You can usually return to work after two to six weeks but this will depend on the type of job you have. You can usually drive after two weeks.
How much does vaginal repair surgery cost?
For a guide to what you could pay for your treatment, click here.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 3627 9910 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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