Pelvic floor disorders are more common than you may think. Many women don’t realize there are several non-surgical treatment options to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. However, many pelvic floor conditions can be corrected with surgery and decrease the risk of recurrence.

Nonsurgical Treatment Procedures

Surgical Treatments

About Other Surgical Treatment Options

Surgical placement of permanent (non-dissolvable) sutures to support the urethra to prevent stress urinary incontinence. Modern day retropubic colposuspension is performed via a minimally invasive abdominal approach.  

Illustration of retropubic colposuspension procedures

During a sphincteroplasty, a urogynecologic surgeon repairs the torn anal sphincter muscle and reconstructs the perineal body (the muscles separating the vagina from the rectum).

In this minimally invasive surgery, a surgeon uses stitches or mesh to attach the rectum to the sacrum or other pelvic ligaments. This surgery is an excellent treatment option for women with rectal prolapse. This procedure can be performed in conjunction with a vaginal prolapse repair for women with both uterovaginal/vaginal prolapse as well as rectal prolapse.

Surgical removal of the uterus and cervix. At UChicago Medicine your urogynecologist will offer a hysterectomy through a minimally invasive approach with either conventional laparoscopy, robotic assisted laparoscopy or vaginal surgery. There are cases when an abdominal incision must be performed to safely perform a hysterectomy. 

Surgical removal of the ovaries; often performed during a hysterectomy.

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