Prolapse Surgery

David Martin, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists

David Martin, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Gynecologic Oncologist located in Knoxville, TN

If you’re dealing with the prolapse of one of the organs in your pelvis, you want the most advanced surgical techniques to put everything right again. At Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, David Martin, MD, offers several different types of innovative prolapse surgeries to women in Knoxville, Tennessee, helping them to regain normalcy in their lives. To learn more, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Prolapse Surgery Q & A

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Your pelvis houses a number of different organs which all rely on your pelvic floor, as well as each other, to maintain their positions for optimal function. Should a problem arise with weakening tissue, it can cause one or more of your organs to drop down into your vagina, impeding their function. Prolapse can happen to your:

  • Bladder
  • Uterus
  • Rectum

There’s another form of pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when the upper part of your vagina folds down into the lower part, a condition known as a vaginal vault.

What causes pelvic organ prolapse?

There are many reasons why you may experience pelvic organ prolapse, but weakening supportive tissue brought on by age is often the leading cause. As well, some women may experience prolapse after:

  • A hysterectomy
  • Menopause
  • Childbirth, especially if the baby is large
  • Long-term pressure (obesity, chronic coughing, etc.)

Whatever the cause, Dr. Martin offers several solutions through prolapse surgery.

What are the types of prolapse surgery?

Dr. Martin offers several different surgical techniques to help restore your organs to their proper places. In most cases, he’s able to perform the surgery either laparoscopically or vaginally, or a combination of the two. His goal in these surgeries is to use the latest minimally invasive techniques to make the necessary repairs to remedy your prolapse.

Using laparoscopic techniques, Dr. Martin is able to:

  • Repair a hernia at the vaginal apex
  • Relieve stress urinary incontinence
  • Provide support for a weakened vagina

One of the most advanced prolapse surgeries that Dr. Martin offers is a laparoscopic, robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy. Using only small incisions, he threads through specialized tools and a camera into your pelvis where he repairs your prolapse using robot assistance. To do this, he repositions your organs and uses a mesh or graft to provide the support your organs need.

The best way to find out which approach is right for your situation is to have Dr. Martin fully assess your prolapse to come up with the best surgical plan. With the goal of restoring your quality of life, Dr. Martin brings the latest techniques to bear to provide you with a long-lasting solution.

If you’d like to learn more about prolapse surgery, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.