Vaginal Repair

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Vaginal repair surgery (colporrhaphy) is an operation available at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast. The operation lifts and strengthens the walls of your vagina to restore its normal support.

 


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About vaginal repair surgery


The muscles and the ligaments that support your vagina and womb can become overstretched and weakened if you’re obese or after certain events, such as after childbirth or the menopause. This can cause your vagina and womb to drop down. Your bladder and bowel can also bulge into your vagina. The bulge of the womb, bladder or bowel into your vagina is known as a prolapse.

A vaginal prolapse can be repaired with vaginal repair surgery at Kingsbridge Private Hospital by our team of experienced experts. The operation helps to strengthen the walls of your vagina and will help to ease your symptoms.


What are the alternatives?


If your prolapse is mild, alternative treatments may be recommended to you before you have surgery. These include:

  • pelvic floor muscle exercises, which will help to strengthen your weakened pelvic floor muscles
  • vaginal pessaries, which will provide mechanical support to your prolapsed organs

These alternative treatments may help control your symptoms. However, if your prolapse is more severe, you may need to have surgery. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you.


Preparing for vaginal repair surgery.


Vaginal repair surgery usually requires a hospital stay of one to two days, depending on the type of surgery you have and how well you recover. The operation may be done under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure, or under local anaesthesia, which completely blocks any pain from the area. You will stay awake during the operation under local anasethesia.


How long does vaginal repair surgery take?


The operation usually takes about an hour but this will depend on the type of operation you have. The exact type of surgery you have will depend on where your prolapse is and how severe it is.


Recovering from vaginal repair surgery


It usually takes about six weeks to make a full recovery from vaginal repair surgery, but this varies between individuals, so it's important to follow advice from your surgeon at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast.

It’s best not to have sex until at least six weeks after your operation. Your surgeon will give you advice about when you can resume your usual activities and return to work at your follow-up appointment.


What are the risks?


As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with vaginal repair surgery. Risks are specific to each patient. You will be advised of any risks during your consult at Kingsbridge Private Hospital.


Side-effects


Side-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure. Side-effects of vaginal repair surgery include:

  • vaginal bleeding

Complications


Complications are when problems occur during or after the operation. The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (deep vein thrombosis, DVT).


Complications of vaginal repair include:

  • infection – you may need to take antibiotics to treat this
  • problems passing urine – this usually improves without further treatment
  • mesh-related complications – your surgeon will discuss these with you before surgery 

Vaginal repair surgery doesn't always repair a prolapse completely and some women find that the prolapse comes back. If this happens, you may need more surgery. Vaginal repair surgery may not ease the problems a prolapse can cause, such as bladder and bowel symptoms or resolve sexual problems. It’s important that you discuss expectations at your consultaiton.

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"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient

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