When a woman undergoes hysterectomy, it is vital that the vagina is reattached back to the uterosacral cardinal ligament complex. However, some women experience vault prolapsed after the surgery. The condition is common to women who had given birth naturally since their pelvic floor muscle gets weak due to the birth process. Before the performance of a hysterectomy, the vagina, urethra, bladder, and uterus are attached to the pelvic walls by endopelvic fascia. When the uterus is removed, one of the elements of this supporting structure is removed too.
During a vaginal prolapse after hysterectomy, the upper side of the vagina falls towards the vagina opening gradually and eventually; it could protrude outside through the vagina opening. The condition is often caused by the weakness and prolapsed of the vagina walls.
This leads to an operational performance whereby the pelvic supporting structures which are the cardinal structures and uteri sacral are put in place to support the vagina. The surgical technique is known as sacrocolpopexy. It is performed by attaching the vagina to the strong ligament and the backbone by use of a mesh. However, prevention is always better than cure, and it is wise if you take measures before it happens to you. The key to doing this is a matter of strengthening the vaginal walls and the pelvic floor. This can be achieved through pelvic floor exercise known as Kegel exercises.
How to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- Tighten the muscles around the vagina, anus, and ureter. To do this, you have to lift and squeeze the anus and vagina openings as if you are trying to avoid passing of urine. Ensure not to squeeze your legs and buttocks at the same time.
- Hold the contraction for as long as you can, rest and then repeat the process. Try doing it for up to ten times as you increase the length of time you hold the contraction.
- After you get used to the contraction process, and you are confident that you can do it comfortably, try doing quick contractions whereby you hold your muscles for about two seconds and release for about ten repetitions.
- Perform the contraction exercise for about three or four times a day
The exercise is for life, and you should do it daily. Other methods of strengthening the pelvic muscles include the use of vaginal cones which you insert into the vagina to keep the muscles in place. However, you cannot use them if you are already suffering from major prolapse.
We are here to help you solve this problem by offering you Kegel exercise devices such as Kegel 8. The devices use electrical impulse through a probe that you insert into the vagina or pads on the ankle or back to create contractions of the pelvic floor. We also sell apps online to help you go through the exercise. Contact us today and make your order to deal with vaginal prolapse after hysterectomy.