Pelvic Floor Surgery
Pelvic floor surgery can offer relief for people with conditions such as incontinence, constipation and pelvic organ prolapse. These conditions can affect your body's ability to get rid of waste. Our surgical team works with you to relieve your symptoms and restore urinary and bowel function.
Why Pelvic Floor Surgery?
The pelvic floor is made of muscles that line the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles control the bladder and bowels, as well as the uterus in women.
When active and healthy, these muscles keep urine and waste inside the body until the brain signals that it's time for release. When the pelvic floor is weak, you may have difficulty controlling bowel movements or leakage while laughing, coughing or exercising.
Exercises may help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, but in some cases, surgery is the best treatment. Surgery may be a good option if other methods, such as physical therapy or an exercise program, did not provide sufficient relief.
Pelvic Floor Conditions We Treat Surgically
Our specialists in colorectal, urological and gynecologic surgery work together to relieve the pain and discomfort of pelvic floor conditions, including:
- Fecal incontinence
- Pelvic prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
Pelvic Floor Surgery We Perform at Cedars-Sinai
Our team offers several procedures to treat pelvic floor disorders. We often use minimally invasive techniques, resulting in a precise procedure and a shorter recovery.
We use surgery to repair prolapse, which is when organs have pushed or fallen through the pelvic floor. We offer:
- Vaginal wall repair
- Rectum or bowel support
- Bladder repair, support and control
- Uterus removal
Minimally invasive surgery can help improve both urinary and fecal incontinence. Procedures we offer include:
- Sling procedure: We use either your own or artificial tissue to create a "hammock" to support the urethra and reduce urinary incontinence.
- Bladder pacemaker surgery: Our team implants a device to help control an overactive bladder and reduce the difficulty of urinating.
- Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS): We place tiny nerve stimulators around the anus to repair the nerve connection between the rectal muscles and the brain. This procedure reduces fecal incontinence.
Understanding Your Pelvic Floor Surgery Options
Both men and women can have challenges related to pelvic floor disorders. Our team offers many types of treatment to reduce your symptoms and help you feel more confident. We're here to answer any questions you may have and to help you understand your treatment options.