Pelvic floor repair

Pelvic floor surgery

Specialist treatment to repair the pelvic floor

Why do I need surgery for my pelvic floor?

Pelvic floor repair surgery aims to reinforce the pelvic floor (a cradle of muscles supporting the bladder, bowel and vagina) after they have weakened and slipped down (prolapsed). 

There are two approaches to the procedure: anterior, to repair the front wall of the vagina, or posterior to repair the back. 

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    The procedure happens under general anaesthetic. Incisions are then made to the front or back wall of the vagina (depending on which side has prolapsed), and the wall is strengthened using stitches.

    Repairing the front wall helps to reposition the bladder. Repairing the back wall helps to reposition the rectum.

    Sometimes, it's necessary to reposition the uterus if it has slipped down too far, and in some cases the uterus may be removed. The entire procedure can take between 30 to 90 minutes in theatres.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know what you need to do to prepare, including how long you may need to avoid eating or drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You will not be able to urinate straight after the procedure, so a catheter will be used to empty your bladder. This will be removed the next day.

    A vaginal pack will help to support the area and reduce bleeding - this will also be removed the next day.

    Most women are discharged 1-2 days after surgery. You may experience vaginal bleeding after the procedure, but this should become lighter within a fortnight. Paracetamol and ibuprofen should help relieve the pain.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Our gynaecology consultants

We're proud to work with leading gynaecologists specialising in all areas of the uterus and women's reproductive system, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex gynaecology surgery to diagnostic tests, scans and minor procedures, we provide exceptional gynaecology care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment with a gynaecologist

Our team can help book a consultation with a gynaecologist in one of our HCA UK facilities in London, Birmingham or Manchester by phone or by completing our appointment request form. 

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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