What Is Anterior Repair?
Anterior Repair is a surgical healthcare procedure used to treat a prolapsed bladder (a condition known as cystocele). A prolapsed bladder is when the bladder and vagina are no longer held up properly, resulting in the bladder dropping down onto the front of the vagina, creating a weakness or bulge. An anterior repair procedure tightens the supports to the bladder and removes the bulge in the vagina.
Who Requires Anterior Repair?
Those with a prolapsed bladder might require anterior repair surgery. Typical symptoms of a prolapsed bladder including difficulty urinating, vaginal discomfort, and constant trips to the bathroom. This condition is especially frequent after pregnancy when the supports for the bladder and vagina become stretched. This condition is also fairly frequent after menopause. Though not life-threatening, a prolapsed bladder can be extremely painful or uncomfortable, and anterior repair is one of the most effective long-term healthcare solution.
What Happens in an Anterior Repair?
In post-menopausal cases, hormone supplements have to be taken to increase the levels of estrogen. This is started a month before surgery. This surgical healthcare procedure is done under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision in the front lining of the vagina, shortens the supports to the bladder with stitches, cuts away the bulging part of vagina, and stitches up the incision in the vaginal wall. The healthcare providers will provide painkillers to manage the pain and perform blood and urine tests to ensure there is no anemia and that there is no urinary infection. For the first four weeks, you will feel tired a few times a day. Sanitary pads have to be worn for six weeks while the internal stitches dissolve.