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HCA Neighborhood Health Watch: pelvic organ prolapse

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It's not a comfortable topic to talk about or experience. Female incontinence, especially post-pregnancy, can be difficult to deal with. And if it's the result of pelvic organ prolapsed, there's a surgery that can make life easier.

 Dr. Nathan Guerette, Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine Institute of Virginia, has developed an effective and minimally invasive surgery to treat prolapse that is much easier on the body. The surgery is conducted with the help of robotics and it's changed the recovery process in a big way.

 "It can change a surgery that used to be a three or four hour surgery, or more, and a week hospital stay, into a surgery that is less than two hours, an overnight stay and functional immediately. You're back to normal in two weeks."  

 30% of women will deal with incontinence post-pregnancy. It's only a quality of life issue, so it doesn't impact your overall health. It's up to you to decide when it's the right time to seek treatment.

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