Vaginal repair surgery

Pelvic organ prolapse repair

Vaginal repair surgery aims to restore and strengthen the walls of your vagina following pelvic organ prolapse


The wall of your vagina acts as a support structure that holds your pelvic organs, such as your womb, bowel and bladder in place. If the muscles and ligaments supporting your pelvic organs weaken, one or more of your pelvic organs can slip down or bulge into your vagina. Surgery can help to correct this.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This operation may be carried out under general anaesthetic (so you'll be asleep) or regional anaesthetic which will block pain in the area. The type of operation you have depends on whether you have a weakness in the front or back of your vagina (or both). It can be combined with a vaginal hysterectomy. Your surgeon will make a cut on the wall of your vagina so they can push your pelvic organs back into place. They will stitch the supporting tissues together to provide better support. They may also stitch a mesh over the repaired wall. The procedure can take around 30 minutes to an hour depending on the type of surgery you have.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain what's involved and how to prepare for surgery. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking for. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You'll be cared for in hospital for 24 hours after surgery or, if combined with a vaginal hysterectomy, up to three days after surgery. You may have some pain in your groin and abdomen for a week or two. You may have some blood and discharge from your vagina for a few weeks too. You won't be able lift anything heavy or do anything strenuous for at least six weeks after surgery. It's best not to have sex during this time too. It can take up three months to recover fully. You can usually return to work after two to six weeks but this depends on what job you have. You can usually drive after two weeks.

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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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