Cystocele (anterior) and rectocele (posterior) repair
A cystocele occurs when the bladder and/or urethra
prolapses or 'drops' into the front wall of the vagina.
A rectocele occurs when the rectum prolapses or 'drops'
Repair involves removing a piece of vaginal skin, then stitching the bladder and urethra, or the rectum, back into their normal positions and repairing the vagina.
Both types of repair and vaginal hysterectomy may be undertaken at the same time.
The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic
During the operation, a catheter may be passed
up the urethra into the bladder to drain off the urine.
There will be some discomfort following surgery
The average hospital stay is 4-6 days and normal
The vagina may be left slightly narrowed, but this