Urethrocele (urethra prolapse)
Similar to other pelvic organ prolapse conditions, urethrocele occurs when the muscles, connecting tissues, and ligaments lose their ability to support the urethra. When these supportive structures fail, the urethra slips down into the vagina creating a bulge that disrupts urine flow. The urethra is the narrow canal that serves to transport urine from the bladder to outside of the body.
Women who have urethrocele often have cystocele (slippage of the urinary bladder). In both conditions, the prolapses press against the vaginal wall resulting in mild to severe swelling.
In more severe cases of urethrocele one or more of the following symptoms may occur:
- Difficulty urinating with foul smell or burning sensation.
- Urinary incontinence.
- Painful sexual intercourse.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Flank pain.
We have treated a great variety of pelvic organ prolapses including Urethrocele. Our OB/GYNs are specialists and utilize some of the most advanced technologies and medical techniques for patient care. Since childbirth and pregnancy puts great strain on the pelvic organs, urethrocele is a common occurrence. Urethrocele is usually a precursor for other future pelvic organ prolapses.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Large urethroceles are easily determined during normal physical exams. However, smaller ones are usually discovered via specialty exams.
At Las Palmas, we use comprehensive diagnostic tools to locate urethroceles in an effort to prevent them from becoming intensely problematic. In cases where treatment is required, minimally invasive surgery is used to remove the condition and tighten the muscles that caused the prolapse. With every surgery, our chief concern is the welfare of the patient and their timely recovery. Las Palmas prognosis for urethrocele surgery is by large degrees positive. Our patients can expect to return to a lifestyle without the disruptions associated with urethra prolapse.