At a Glance
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a common occurrence for women who have undergone childbirth. Pessaries and surgical methods are available, however, a new solution is laser treatment.
To treat POP, Centre for Surgery uses Fotona’s ProlapLase laser treatment.
Other treatments to treat POP can often include surgery or the use of a pessary. Both of these methods have often had many complications and various side effects, and as such have not been a desirable option for women.
The ProLapse treatment uses the Er:YAG laser therapy. This laser stimulates collagen fibre production. This process shrinks and tightens the vaginal canal without the removal of any tissue.
There are many benefits to undergoing this procedure, such as:
- No anaesthesia required
- No recovery time – can immediately return to your usual activities
- No incisions or sutures involved
- No pre-op or post-op precautions
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are wishing to treat POP and do not want to undergo surgery or use pessaries.
Prior to undergoing this procedure, you will need to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to assess whether or not this procedure is suitable for you or whether other options will be better.
ProlapLase treatment involves using Fotona’s Er:YAG laser in mucosa tissue, which stimulates collagen remodelling and collagen tissue production.
There are three steps involved in the ProlapLase process. This is:
- 360° irradiation of the vaginal canal
- Angular irradiation on the side of the vaginal wall which is prolapsed
- Irradiation of the prolapsed vaginal wall and vestibule region
To continue to improve the POP, you may need to undergo repeat sessions. Generally, patients will require up to four sessions.
As this is a non-surgical procedure, there is no recovery involved. You will be able to resume your usual day to day routine straight after the procedure.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the tissues and muscles which support the uterus, bladder or rectum become weak or loose. One of the organs will then press or drop into the vagina.
To treat this, you can undergo surgical procedures or resort to pessaries. Both methods have been associated with high levels of issues and side effects. As a result, laser therapy has become a more desirable option.
What does the procedure involve?Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be done by laser treatment. This is done using Fotona’s ProlapLase therapy. This uses the Er:YAG laser. This laser tightens the tissue and contracts the vaginal canal.
This method stimulates new collagen production while avoiding the removal of any tissue.
What anaesthetic is used?No anaesthetic is used during this procedure.
What are the benefits to laser therapy?There are numerous benefits to undergoing laser therapy to treat pelvic organ prolapse. This includes:
- No anaesthetic
- No recovery period
- No incisions
- No sutures
Am I an eligible candidate for this procedure?To be eligible for ProlapLase laser treatment, you will need to have pelvic organ prolapse and are wishing to treat this without undergoing a surgical procedure.
Does the laser treatment hurt?This is a gentle, non-invasive procedure. You should feel no pain during the procedure.
What is the recovery period like?This is a non-surgical procedure; you will have minimal recovery time and will be able to resume your daily routine straight away.
Will I need to have multiple treatments?Most people will need to have multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. You may need to have up to four treatments.