Did you hear your mother’s heart beat from inside her womb?
Spend a day with your mother and find out if she is sad or depressed.
Has walking, standing up and doing daily chores, all become a difficult task for her?
Does she have a medical condition of prolapse, which she does not want to talk about?
Does she have an odour around her? Find out.
Take her to an expert and help her start a new life with a rewarding prolapse treatment.
Women live one-third of their lives after menopause which is one of their most productive times professionally, socially and economically.
Most of us tend to withdraw ourselves believing that quality life is lost during this phase due to a number of health issues.
Problems like stress urinary incontinence (leakage of urine while coughing sneezing or lifting weight) and pelvic organ prolapse aggravates in this period due to laxity of muscles and facia, a direct result of decreased oestrogen levels after menopause.
These conditions are quite natural and roughly one-third of women are affected by one or more forms of pelvic organ prolapse over their lifetime.
Detected at an early stage, the progression can be stopped or delayed with specific exercises and hormone replacement.
Awareness is always the key to quality life and even the most difficult case may need simple corrective surgery.
Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the slipping down of the pelvic floor organs like the uterus, urinary bladder, large intestine and rectum through the vagina.
The condition that affects most women is uterine prolapse. The uterus is supported and held in place inside the pelvis by various pelvic floor muscles, ligaments and fascia.
When these muscles and ligaments weaken and fail to support the uterus, it drops down and comes out in various degrees.
Pelvic muscles can weaken due to one or more vaginal deliveries and supportive tissues may damage during pregnancy and childbirth.
Uterine prolapse often affects 60 per cent of post-menopausal women due to hormonal changes while the loss of oestrogen and straining over the years escalate it.
A woman who has not borne an offspring can develop this condition due to genetic/familial predisposition (nulliparous prolapse) or if they have had their uterus surgically removed (hysterectomy).
Chronic cough associated with bronchitis and asthma, extra strain on pelvic muscles due to obesity, excess weight lifting, excessive weight of child in the womb and any other conditions which lead to increased pressure in the abdomen can also lead to pelvic organ prolapse.
Womb and other pelvic organs can be restored with minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery where the uterus is secured in place using a synthetic mesh which recreates natural anatomic support.
Sacrocolpopexy and Sacrohysteropexy are surgical techniques for pelvic organ prolapse and treatment is opted based on the type and degree of pelvic organ prolapse and the severity of symptoms.
The technological advancements in the medical world have ensured widespread use of laparoscopic techniques in the treatment of gynaecological problems.
No major incision is needed and procedures are completed with excellent results by consultant laparoscopic gynec surgeon Dr Urmila Soman.
Dr Soman has more than 18 years of experience in the field of laparoscopic gynaec surgery, performing more than 5,000 surgeries.
These include total laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy, laparoscopic sacrohysteropexy, laparoscopic pelvic floor repair, laparoscopic khannas sling, laparoscopic burch colposuspension, laparoscopic myomectomy, laparoscopic oophorectomy, laparoscopic salphingectomy, laparoscopic tubal recanalisation and laparoscopic adhesiolysis.
Since 2004, she has been conducting transvaginal tape procedures for urinary stress incontinence and laparoscopic pelvic reconstructive surgeries using mesh on a regular basis.
To book an appointment with Dr Soman, call Al Hilal Hospital, Muharraq, on 17344700.