Note: A cystocele, also called a prolapsed bladder, occurs when the wall of tissue separating the rectum and vagina weakens, and the front wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. It can occur after childbirth or pelvic surgery. It is sometimes present at birth, but this is rare.
Dr. Ali Ghomi Responds:
Cystocele can present itself after rectocele repair.
This is most likely due to how intra-abdominal pressure gets transmitted to different sides of vaginal compartments when one site is repaired, such as with rectocele.
It is not uncommon for patients to need to undergo multiple vaginal reconstructive surgeries. In fact, vaginal prolapse recurrence overall is estimated to be 30 of 40%.
Further counseling and specific recommendations cannot be made without a detailed physical examination.
– Dr. Ali Ghomi
Dr. Ghomi is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chair of The Robotic Surgical Committee at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He is the only physician in Western New York who performs Sacrocolpopexy Prolapse surgery using the da Vinci® robot. Sacrocolpopexy is a proven “gold standard” procedure worldwide to repair severe pelvic prolapse. Click here to learn more about Catholic Health's OB/GYN services.
Dr. Ghomi sees patients at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness in Buffalo.
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