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Vaginal repair surgery

Pelvic organ prolapse repair

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

About

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

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    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.
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    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.
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    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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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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