One in four women over the age of 18 reports reports suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, including pelvic organ prolapse. Despite this statistic, many women never talk to a doctor about the problem. Some women are embarrassed or believe it's a just a normal part of aging.
"Prolapse is way more common than you think, and it's increasing as the population ages," says Oz Harmanli, MD, chief of Yale Medicine Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. "It's an area of growth and research and we are working on many exciting things here at Yale."
For some women, pelvic organ prolapse dramatically curtails their social, working and sexual lives and decreases their overall sense of well-being. At Yale Medicine, the first thing we tell our patients is that suffering in silence isn’t necessary. Pelvic organ prolapse can be successfully treated. If surgery is required, our surgeons are highly skilled in both traditional and minimally invasive pelvic reconstructive surgeries, including robotic and transvaginal procedures.