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Pessary Maintenance

Pelvic organ prolapse is when an organ in your lower abdomen has been dislodged from its usual location and is pushing against your vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse typically occurs as a result of weakened or stretched muscles due to surgery or childbirth. While pelvic organ prolapse may cause discomfort it is usually not considered dangerous.

Description of technology

A pessary is a removable device placed into the vagina in order to provide support to areas of pelvic organ prolapse. Pessaries do not provide a non-surgical cure for pelvic organ prolapse. Pessaries can however, help to manage and slow the progression of the prolapse by adding support the vagina and increasing the tightness of the tissues and muscles of the pelvis. Many women notice an improvement in symptoms when using a pessary – some women even see symptoms disappear completely.

Clinical indication

Patient preference for nonsurgical treatment.

Presence of severe medical comorbidities that make the patient a poor surgical candidate.

Summary of the treatment

Your doctor will provide instructions on how to remove, reinsert and clean the pessary. The frequency of cleaning and maintenance will differ depending on the type of pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to remove and replace your pessary, we can do this regularly for you at our offices.