Pelvic Reconstruction Specialist in St Petersburg, FL
Nearly 200,000 pelvic reconstruction surgeries occur every year to relieve symptoms like urinary incontinence and painful sex due to a pelvic floor disorder. At her practice in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Meena Jain offers minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted pelvic reconstruction surgeries to strengthen pelvic muscles and improve your quality of life. With over 25 years of experience in the St. Petersburg area and over 2000 robotic surgeries performed, Dr. Jain is an expert in the field. Learn more about innovative surgical options by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Prolapse occurs when your pelvic muscles aren’t able to support your organs and, as a result, they fall into your vaginal canal. You may need pelvic reconstructive surgery to help strengthen pelvic floor structures to better support these organs and alleviate symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder.
Types of pelvic organ prolapse:
- Vaginal Prolapse. Where the top of the vagina loses its support and drops, this condition occurs most often with women who have had a hysterectomy. Vaginal Prolapse can cause include difficulty urinating, bowel function, painful intercourse, vaginal pain loss of bladder control and a feeling of heaviness in the vaginal area.
- Small Bowel Prolapse (Enterocele). A condition when the small bowel presses against and moves the upper wall of the vagina causing a bulge or hernia to form.
- Anterior Vaginal Prolapse (Cystocele). A bulge or cystocele forms on the front wall of the vagina and causes a loss of support to the bladder that rests on that area of the vagina. Symptoms can include incontinence, a feeling of pelvic heaviness or back pain.
- Posterior Vaginal Prolapse (Rectocele). A condition when the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina. May cause difficulty with bowel movements.
Proper diagnosis is essential in treating pelvic support conditions. Being open about symptoms with your physician is important in finding the exact cause. Depending upon your symptoms and the type or vaginal prolapse you are diagnosed as having, treatments can include special exercises, lifestyle changes, the use of pessaries, changes in diet and lifestyle, reconstructive surgery and obliterative procedures to narrow and shorten the vagina.
What are the symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder?
When you have a pelvic floor disorder, you can’t properly control your pelvic muscles. As a result, you can have frequent urine or fecal leaks or difficulties removing solid waste from your intestines.
Other symptoms may include:
- Painful urination
- Unexplained back pain
- Persistent pain in your pelvic area
- Frequent need to urinate or have a bowel movement
Women may also experience pain during sex as a result of pelvic organ prolapse.
When is pelvic reconstruction surgery needed?
Your pelvic floor contains the muscles, tissue, and nerves that support your pelvic organs, such as the bladder, rectum, vagina, and uterus. When the pelvic floor becomes weak and no longer functions properly, it can lead to pelvic floor disorders.
Pelvic floor disorders are often the result of injuries to the pelvic area, or due to the stress of vaginal childbirth. Common disorders include urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, and pelvic organ prolapse.
There are factors to consider before opting for reconstructive surgery, such as your age and childbearing plans. If you plan to have more children, you may want to wait to have surgery.
What is involved in pelvic reconstruction surgery?
Dr. Jain determines if you’re a good candidate for pelvic reconstruction through a physical examination and a review of your medical history. She may recommend a procedure known as sacrocolpopexy. The goal of surgery is to restore your pelvic organs to their original position and strengthen the pelvic muscles to better support your organs.
Dr. Jain may use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to reposition your organs and use your own tissues to secure them in place. In some cases. Dr. Jain may use a mesh material to create a sling that holds your organs in position.
She can perform the procedure through an open incision in your abdomen or as a laparoscopic surgery through your vagina or abdomen, using only small incisions to promote faster, more efficient healing.
Dr. Jain can also use robotic-assisted da Vinci® surgery that allows her more precise control over the surgical instruments, as well as a 3D high-definition view of your pelvic floor. da Vinci surgery offers many benefits over other surgeries, including lower risk of complications and less blood loss.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of pelvic reconstruction using the online booking feature or by calling the office directly.
*Individual results may vary
Pelvic Reconstruction FAQs
How Painful Is Prolapse Surgery?
Patients may experience some pain immediately after surgery, but this doesn’t generally last longer than a few days or weeks at the most. For women recovering from the surgery, long-term pain is very rare.
What Is the Recovery Time for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery?
On average, most patients can resume their normal daily activities around three weeks after surgery. If the doctor was required to make a vaginal incision, the patient may feel some pain during sex so it’s recommended to avoid sexual activity for four to six weeks post-surgery.
Can a Prolapse Correct Itself?
Yes, the condition may sometimes heal on its own if the symptoms are mild. We recommend making changes to your lifestyle by way of increasing activeness on a daily basis if possible in order to progress healing.
What Kind of Medical Specialist Performs Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeries?
These surgeries can be performed either by a urologist or a gynecologist, depending on the situation. We recommend asking your doctor about their experience and outcomes performing female pelvic organ surgery so you can minimize the chances of any complications resulting from the surgery.
How Successful Is Pelvic Floor Surgery?
Success rates for pelvic floor surgery can range from 80-90%. However, like many other procedures, there is a chance of recurrence or additional prolapse, so it’s important to follow Dr. Jain’s recommendations after surgery.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Jain
If you think you may need pelvic reconstruction, call our office at (727) 343-2568 or request an appointment online.