Women’s Health

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Specialist in Buffalo, NY

Throughout life, and especially during childbearing experiences, a woman's body undergoes a lot of change. Pelvic Health specialist Dr. Ali Ghomi understands that specialized care may be needed to restore your quality of life. Our mission is to help bring women near Buffalo and Western NY hope and healing from pelvic floor dysfunction and pain. Board certificatied in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery he is highly respected as an expert in helping women near Buffalo suffering from Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse is quite common, and it can cause symptoms that decrease a woman’s quality of life. As a leading urogynecologist in Western New York Dr. Ghomi provides compassionate, skilled care for prolapse in patients at his practice in Buffalo, including both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.

Schedule your appointment today by calling (716) 862-1965.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

It can be difficult talking about intimate health problems – pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that affects millions of women. Many women delay, or never seek treatment that could cure or drastically reduce their symptoms. Prolapse is not a fact of aging or something you need to live with; you are not alone and you have treatment options.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor are stretched or become too weak to hold the organs in the pelvis in their proper place. This can cause pain and discomfort and have a major impact on your day to day quality of life.

Potential causes that weaken and stretch the pelvis muscles include:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Aging and menopause
  • Obesity
  • Fibroids and pelvic tumors
  • Long-term (chronic) coughing
  • Long-term (chronic) constipation
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Prior pelvic surgery
  • Some neurological conditions or spinal cord injuries

Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

There are several types of pelvic organ prolapse, with different names depending on the organs involved.

Cystocele occurs when the anterior vaginal wall becomes weak, allowing the bladder to protrude into the vagina.

Rectocele occurs when the back of the vaginal wall weakens, which allows the rectum to protrude into the vagina.

Enterocele occurs when the small intestine drops and protrudes through the vagina.

Vaginal Vault Prolapse occurs when the top of the vaginal wall loses its support and drops into the vagina. (post-hysterectomy)

Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus slips out of its normal position and drops into the vagina.

Your doctor will assess which type of prolapse you suffer from. It is possible that you may have more than one type at the same time.

Signs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Women with pelvic organ prolapse may or may not experience any symptoms. However, without treatment the symptoms will become more significant, painful or even debilitating. Symptoms usually get worse with activity and get better with rest. Symptoms may include:

  • Heaviness or pressure on the pelvis
  • Vaginal pain, pressure or bleeding
  • A bulge protruding from the vagina
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Slow urinary stream or urinary urgency
  • Needing to splint or put fingers in vagina to help defecate

The symptoms for prolapse can be the same as other medical conditions. It is important that you speak with your physician about your diagnosis and treatment options.

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Contact female pelvic health expert Dr. Ali Ghomi in Buffalo, NY at (716) 862-1965.