A prolapsed bladder, or cystocele, can cause a multitude of problems, including recurrent bladder infections. The compassionate, highly trained, all-female team at Bela Vida Urogynecology diagnoses and treats cystocele at three locations in Celebration, Oviedo, and Ocoee, Florida. If you think you may have a prolapsed bladder, call or book an appointment online today.
A cystocele is a prolapsed, or dropped, bladder. This condition occurs when the supportive tissues between your vaginal wall and your bladder become stretched, damaged, or too weak to hold the bladder in place. As a result, your bladder bulges into your vagina.
A small or mild cystocele may not cause any signs or symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they include:
Women who get menstrual periods may also experience difficulty inserting tampons due to a cystocele.
Cystoceles develop when the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that hold your bladder in place become stretched or weakened. Many conditions can cause strain that leads to weakness of these tissues, including:
Many types of vaginal prolapse, including cystocele, become more common as you grow older. This is related to the decrease in estrogen that happens during and after menopause. Estrogen helps keep your vaginal tissues strong, flexible, and healthy.
First, your provider at Bela Vida Urogynecology thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. She may ask you to bear down as if having a bowel movement or to tighten your pelvic muscles as if stopping a stream of urine.
She may also take tests like urodynamics testing to check how well your bladder holds and releases urine.
Then, she discusses the best course of treatment for the severity of your particular cystocele. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:
If your symptoms are severe, or if conservative treatments aren’t effective, your provider may recommend surgery. The highly skilled surgeons at Bela Vida Urogynecology perform minimally invasive robotic surgeries whenever possible.
To find relief from a cystocele, call Bela Vida Urogynecology or book an appointment online today.