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What to Expect

Start by talking to your doctor about your symptoms. He or she will be able to help you evaluate treatment options that work best for you. Find a doctor who can provide treatment.

What happens during the procedure?

Using small incisions inside the vagina, the surgeon first repositions the prolapsed organs, such as a “dropped bladder”, and then secures them to surrounding tissues and ligaments using the GYNECARE PROLIFT® Pelvic Floor Repair System soft mesh, a material similar to that used for abdominal hernia repair. Learn more about how GYNECARE PROLIFT® works.

The surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours and can be performed under regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia or general anesthesia. It often requires a hospital stay of less than 48 hours.

What happens after the procedure?

After treatment with GYNECARE PROLIFT®, pelvic organ prolapse patients often stay in the hospital for less than 48 hours. Many patients return to normal daily activities within 3 to 4 days.

During this recovery period, there should be minimal interference with daily activities, although you will have to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse for up to 6 weeks. Find a doctor familiar with GYNECARE® products who can provide treatment.

What are the risks with GYNECARE PROLIFT®?

All surgical procedures present some risks. Complications associated with the procedure include injury to blood vessels of the pelvis, nerve damage, difficulty urinating, bladder, bowel injury and pain with sexual intercourse. There is also a risk of the mesh material becoming exposed into the vaginal canal.

For a complete description of risks related to this treatment, please see Risk Information.

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