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Pelvic Organ Prolapse


John Crane, MD, practices at McKee Medical Center.

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Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image:  John Crane, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Text: John Crane, MD - OB/GYN
McKee Medical Center

Audio:  “Hi. I’m Dr. John Crane, an OB/GYN at McKee Medical Center.”

Image:   Grown daughter hugging her mother.

Text:     ½ of all women over 50

Audio:  “One-half of all women over the age of 50 experience pelvic organ prolapse…”

Text:     Common condition
             Supportive tissue breakdown
             Pelvic organs shift & protrude

Audio:  “…the situation where the normal supportive tissues breakdown, causing the pelvic organs to shift and protrude into or outside the vagina. The condition is common and symptoms depend on the degree of prolapse.”

Image:  A pregnant woman

Text:     Contributing factors

Audio:  “Changes in tissues during pregnancy such as pressure and weight of the uterus on the pelvic floor, trauma to the pelvic floor and tissues during a vaginal delivery, straining during labor, can all contribute to pelvic organ prolapse.”

Image:  Three generations of 3 women engaged in group hug.

Text: Other causes

Audio:  “Other causes for the pelvic muscles to weaken are vaginal surgeries, menopause, smoking, diabetes and obesity. Repeated heavy lifting, chronic coughing, chronic constipation or simply age and genetics can also play a factor.”

Text: Symptoms: feeling of pelvic fullness or heaviness, pain or discomfort during intercourse, urine leakage, frequent urination at night, difficulty with urination or bowels

Audio:  “Symptoms of prolapse include feeling of pelvic fullness or heaviness, pain or discomfort during intercourse, urine leakage when coughing, laughing or sneezing, getting up frequently at night to urinate, and difficulty with urination or bowel movements.”

Image:  Surgeons performing a procedure

Text:     Surgical options   

Audio:  “One option for pelvic organ prolapse is an anterior or posterior repair. An incision is made in the vagina, which allows the surgeon to place the prolapsed organs back into position, therefore creating a new support for those organs. Another option is to surgically place a mesh material into the pelvis to restore the strength and function and provide support in the weakened tissues.”

Image: Medical team in OR performing surgical procedure.

Text:     Risks related to surgery

Audio:  “There may be risk related to surgery and the procedure is not recommended for people with severely compromised immune systems or who are taking steroids.”

Text:    Consult your gynecologist

Audio:  “If a pelvic prolapse is compromising your quality of life, please consult your gynecologist.”

Text:     For more health information from Banner Health experts
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Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
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