What is Vaginal Prolapse?
Vaginal prolapse, technically known as vaginal vault prolapse, and occurs in women after hysterectomy where the vaginal cuff or apex (top of the vagina-where the cervix used to be) descends down and into the vaginal canal. This condition is often mistaken as a “dropped bladder” because the patient notices a bulge in the vagina. Repairing the top of the vagina is critical to comprehensive vaginal reconstruction and successful long-term outcomes. This can and should be done at the time of hysterectomy as well as many years later as part of other reconstructive surgery.
The images below show the advancing decline in the vaginal canal thus creating vaginal prolapse.