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We found 4 providers with an interest in pelvic prolapse and who accept Viant near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Elisa H Birnbaum, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Birnbaum studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Her areas of clinical interest consist of colorectal surgery procedures, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Birnbaum's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse)

All Interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Genetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven R Hunt, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Steven Hunt's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Hunt has indicated that his clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Hunt attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse)

All Interests: Cystocele, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Warren Biest, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1110 Highlands Plaza Drive E; Suite 220
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Scott Biest is a physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Biest include gynecological problems and minimally invasive procedures. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Biest honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Biest graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pelvic organ prolapse

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Pelvic Prolapse, Ovarian Disease, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hing Henry Lai, MD
Specializes in Female Urology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. H. Lai's specialty is female urology. Dr. Lai speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lai attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse)

All Interests: Cystocele, Interstitial Cystitis, Rectocele, Urge Incontinence, Neurogenic Bladder, Vaginal ... (Read more)

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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is the bulging of pelvic organs into the vaginal canal due to a weak pelvic floor, causing symptoms like discomfort, pain, urinary problems, and constipation. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the pelvic organs, which are made up of the bladder, rectum, small bowel, uterus, and vagina. Vaginal childbirth, menopause, pelvic surgery, radiation treatments, or being extremely overweight may cause the pelvic floor to weaken. Pelvic organ prolapse is a very common disorder among women, particularly for those who are over 50.

The choice of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse depends on the severity of the condition. Mild to moderate prolapse may be managed by doing pelvic floor strengthening exercises, taking hormone replacement therapy, or using pessaries. Pessaries are small devices inserted into the vagina to help support the pelvic organs. Pessary fitting is a quick procedure done in a doctor’s office. For severe prolapse, surgical treatment may be necessary. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery repairs the following:

  • Cystocele or bladder prolapse, where the bladder sags into the vagina. The surgeon repairs a cystocele by strengthening the front wall of the vagina using stitches so that the bladder will no longer sag.
  • Enterocele or small bowel prolapse, which occurs when the small bowel descends towards the vagina. To correct an enterocele, the tissues between the small bowel and the vagina are sewn together, allowing them to provide more support.
  • Rectocele or posterior prolapse, which is the bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina. Surgery to repair a rectocele removes the excess stretched tissue between the rectum and vagina.
  • Uterine prolapse, which occurs when the uterus slips down to the vagina. To treat a uterine prolapse, the surgeon may secure the neck of the uterus (called cervix) to a ligament in the pelvis using stitches. Another option for this type of prolapse is a vaginal hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus.
Each of these procedures is performed through a vaginal incision, but an enterocele repair may use the abdominal approach as an alternative. If two or more pelvic organs have prolapsed, a combination of any of these procedures may be performed during the same surgical session.

For women who no longer wish to have intercourse, an operation called colpocleisis may be a surgical option as well. By closing the vaginal canal, colpocleisis treats pelvic organ prolapse and eliminates any risk of its recurrence.

In most instances, pelvic organ prolapse surgery only requires a hospital stay of one day. You may experience vaginal bleeding for the first few weeks following surgery. If this happens, you should use sanitary pads rather than tampons, as a higher risk of infection is associated with the use of tampons. To further help with your recovery, you should begin doing gentle pelvic floor strengthening exercises a few days after surgery. Doing these exercises at least three times a day as a routine tightens your pelvic floor muscles and prevents the recurrence of prolapse.