Urologists located in Jupiter, FL
Cystocele, also called anterior prolapse, is a condition that affects the supportive tissue in a woman’s bladder. If you have symptoms like a fullness or pressure in your pelvis or pain during urination, visit Oceanside Urology LLC in Jupiter, Florida. With a staff of board-certified urologists, the practice offers innovative treatment options to help you regain your health. Call today to book a consultation, or schedule online using the one-click booking tool.
Cystocele Q & A
What causes a cystocele?
A cystocele happens when the supportive tissue between your bladder and vagina stretches and weakens. This allows the bladder to push into the vagina.
Various conditions can lead to a cystocele. It may happen due to the strain that occurs during vaginal childbirth or chronic constipation, or from lifting heavy objects. Other risk factors for the condition include being overweight or having a hysterectomy.
Some women have a genetic predisposition to weaker vaginal connective tissue, which may also increase the risk of a cystocele.
What are the symptoms of a cystocele?
If you have a minor case of cystocele, you might not notice any symptoms at all. In more severe or progressed cases, you may experience:
- A consistent feeling of pressure in your pelvis or vagina
- The sensation that your bladder is never fully empty
- Discomfort while coughing, straining, or bearing down
- Repeated bladder or urinary tract infections
Your symptoms might seem more noticeable or severe after standing for an extended period, and they may get better after lying down.
What is the treatment for cystocele?
Dr. Caruso treats cases of cystocele at Oceanside Urology LLC. You start with a personalized evaluation of your symptoms and health history. Treatment depends on how severe your condition is, and whether or not you have any related urological conditions.
Dr. Caruso may recommend:
- Surgery: You may need a procedure to help lift your bladder back into its proper position. This procedure might also involve removing extra tissue or tightening the ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor.
- Pessary: A pessary is a supportive device that Dr. Caruso inserts into your vagina to help lift and support your bladder. This plastic or rubber ring is removable, and it’s a temporary alternative to surgery.
- Estrogen therapy: Estrogen helps to keep the muscles of the vaginal wall and pelvic floor strong. Estrogen therapy may be especially helpful if you have a cystocele and you’ve already gone through menopause.
With the right treatment for a cystocele, Dr. Caruso can eliminate your symptoms and help you regain vaginal and bladder health. To learn more, book an appointment online or call the office today.