options for cystocele
range from no treatment for a mild grade 1 cystocele to surgery
for a serious grade 3 cystocele.
If a cystocele is not bothersome, the doctor may only recommend avoiding heavy lifting
or straining that could cause the cystocele to worsen.
of pelvic muscle exercises
, known as Kegel exercises may help strengthen the muscles
of the bladder
and relieve some of the symptoms.
If symptoms are moderately bothersome, the doctor may recommend a pessary. A pessary
is a device
placed in the vagina to hold the bladder in place. Pessaries
come in a variety of shapes and sizes to give the most comfortable fit for the patient. Pessaries must be removed regularly to avoid infections
Large cystoceles may require surgery to push up the bladder away from the vagina and support it so it will stay in a more normal position
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Last modified: January 23, 2012