I have been having trouble with a cystocele for a long time. I just looked down there today and there is a huge bulge coming out of my vagina...Can this be corrected with a pessary...or will surgery be the only thing that will fix it.. I am 45 next month... the mother of 6 children..
Treatment options range from no treatment for a mild cystocele to surgery for a serious cystocele. If a cystocele is not bothersome, the doctor may only recommend avoiding heavy lifting or straining that could cause the cystocele to worsen. If symptoms are moderately bothersome, the doctor may recommend a pessary--a device placed in the vagina to hold the bladder in place. Pessaries come in a variety of shapes and sizes to allow the doctor to find the most comfortable fit for the patient. Pessaries must be removed regularly to avoid infection or ulcers.
Large cystoceles may require surgery to move the bladder back into a more normal position and keep it there. This operation may be performed by a gynecologist, a urologist, or a urogynecologist. The patient should be prepared to stay in the hospital for several days and take 4 to 6 weeks for a full return to a normal life.
If it keeps the bladder from completely emptying and you are having infections or leaking frequently, it may be time to have surgery to fix the problem.
Hi same as you, I have a Cystocele, horrible big bulge, I am having it repaired next Saturday. I think its the only way for me, as its become golf ball sized now, and is hindering me a lot. Have a six month old girl so I will need to get a lot of help after. I am under the impression that with a cystocele as large as mine, surgery is most effective. Pessarys simply hold everything in place temporarily I think. Good luck to you.