What Is It?
Cystocele occurs when the bladder wall collapses or weakens and presses against the wall of the vagina in women. Cystocele is easily diagnosed by a physical exam conducted by a physician.
Symptoms of Cystocele
Symptoms of cystocele are often mild and may not appear or cause problems for years after the mother has given birth.
When symptoms are present they include:
Typically, a cystocele is repaired with a simple surgical procedure conducted by a urological surgeon. The surgeon makes a small incision in the vaginal wall and repairs loose or torn tissue that normally support the bladder.
In addition, the surgeon may strengthen the vaginal wall through reconstruction to correct any issues of urinary incontinence. These repairs are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.
For many women, a cystocele may re-occur after another childbirth. For this reason, women should consider delaying surgery if they anticipate birthing more children.