Pelvic Organ Prolapse Specialist

GYN Specialists of Reno

Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS

Urogynecology located in Reno, NV

Approximately 3% of women in the United States experience pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which a pelvic organ drops out of place, pressing into or protruding from the vagina. At GYN Specialists of Reno, Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, has extensive experience helping women overcome pelvic organ prolapse through an innovative conditioning program. If you’re in the Reno, Nevada, area, and you’d like to learn more, please call the office or request an appointment using the online booking feature.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Q & A

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the tissues and muscles that support your pelvic organs are damaged or weakened, allowing your pelvic organs to descend, often pressing into your vagina and, in extreme cases, out of your vagina.

Pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious issues with fecal or urinary incontinence, as well as a vaginal vault, in which the top part of your vagina collapses downward.

The main drivers of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • Childbirth, especially of large babies over 8.5 pounds
  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Long-term pressure due to weight, chronic cough, or constipation

Researchers have found that even genetics play a role, which means if you have a family history of women with pelvic organ prolapse, you may be more susceptible.

What are the different types of pelvic organ prolapse?

Your pelvis house s a number of different organs that are all supported by the muscles that make up your pelvic floor. The most common types of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • Cystocele — a prolapse of your bladder into or out of your vagina
  • Rectocele — your rectum bulges into your vagina
  • Uterine prolapse — your uterus bulges into, or out of, your vagina
  • Enterocele — your small intestine or small bowel descends into your vagina

There are many degrees of severity when it comes to any pelvic organ prolapse — some women only experience a mild shift while others grapple with organs that begin to exit their vaginas.

How is pelvic organ prolapse treated?

At GYN Specialists of Reno, Dr. Crawford has had great success helping his patients overcome and reverse prolapse through a unique fitness program called Pfilates™, which conditions and strengthens the pelvic floor. With Pfilates, you can reverse a developing pelvic organ prolapse by targeting the support tissues through exercises that reinstate the proper support of your organs.

Taking the program a step further, Dr. Crawford introduced VESy Lab™, which is a tool that relies on video-synchronized electromyography to get feedback on how well different exercises work for your pelvic floor.

Even with moderate cases of prolapse, Dr. Crawford’s program has proven to be highly effective, especially since it rebuilds support the right way — from within.

If you want top-notch pelvic organ prolapse treatment, please call GYN Specialists of Reno or use the online scheduling tool.