Pelvic floor surgery, which also incorporates vaginal tightening, is carried out by our industry-leading, experienced Consultant Gynaecologists.
This procedure helps to rebuild and reinforce the perineal body, which is where the perineal muscles sit outside the vagina. This procedure is often mislabelled as “vaginoplasty”, but instead, it is a reconstructive operation which rebuilds the area at the entrance of the vagina.
The posterior repair procedure will not only rebuild the perineal body at the entrance to the vagina, but will also reconstruct the deep muscles. This will result in more effective vaginal function, and can restore tone, strength and control to your vaginal muscles. Our Senior Gynaecologist, always advises women to maintain pelvic floor exercises, and to use Movicol to stop constipation. By improving the effectiveness of the anatomy, this surgery may enhance sensitivity.
Our Gynaecologists are also able to treat bladder prolapses. This surgery specifically reduces urgency and urinary frequency and can be life changing, with no more night visits to the lavatory.
Please note, we do not carry out any procedures with vaginal mesh.
After childbirth, when there has been a tear around the vaginal area, the pelvic area is often damaged. The major symptoms from these problems include irritable bowel, constipation and a difficulty in defecation.
Some women also suffer from incontinence and often incomplete bladder emptying. Our patients have also told us that this leads to discomfort during intercourse and affects their confidence.
Pelvic floor surgery, posterior repair, and complex vaginal repair have been successfully carried out for many years. They help women post-childbirth by improving the function of the pelvic floor and vaginal muscles.
Our leading independent Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon has carried out these procedures for over 20 years. He believes that they can improve and enhance the quality of a woman’s life. As pelvic floor surgery can also improve bladder function, it may also help with self-esteem.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you’re aware of any potential risks that pelvic floor surgery may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Our Consultant Gynaecologist will conduct an initial virtual consultation at a time which is convenient for you. At your face to face consultation this doctor will discuss the treatments available, as well as the risks of surgery. As a guide, these could include pain, bleeding, infections, scarring of tissue, wound breakdown and potential revision surgery.
You may be considering pelvic floor surgery after having children, as this can stretch the levator group of muscles which form the perineal body and leave your vaginal muscles loose and weak. You may also have lost muscle tone as you’ve got older.
If you were considering this surgery post-labour, we’d recommend waiting until about a year after your child is born, although this can be discussed in more detail during your consultation. To qualify for this type of surgery, we’d recommend that you are aged 18 or older, relatively fit and healthy, have a healthy BMI and have no serious health conditions. Our Consultant Gynaecologists will sometimes advise that you may benefit from counselling related to your treatment.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the surgery cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
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As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each person is an individual and so their procedure is tailored specifically to them. Because of this, our free face-to-face, no obligation consultations are particularly important. Following our consultation process, your surgeon assistant will provide a detailed pricing overview around the particular procedure you choose. Although cost is, of course, an important factor in your final decision, it’s important to remember that it should be considered alongside other elements such as high levels of care and patient safety, and the experience of your surgeon.
Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The initial step is to speak to your female surgeon assistant on the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them in confidence about why you’re considering pelvic floor repair surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our Consultant Gynaecologists.
Your surgical consultation
At your initial consultation, our Gynaecologist will ask you about the results you want to achieve from the surgery and discuss the type of procedures which are available. You can talk about every aspect of your pelvic floor repair without embarrassment, including any worries you might have, such as the effects on genital sensitivity and future childbirth, the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic.
Our Gynaecologists are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
This procedure is normally performed under a general anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day. On the day of your surgery, you’ll have another opportunity to talk with our Consultant Gynaecologist where you’ll have the opportunity to ask further questions.
During the procedure, the weakness in the muscles, fascia, and ligaments will be fully assessed and operated on. Pelvic floor surgery tightens the area and creates a firm repair which supports the bladder and/or bowel wall as well as the vaginal walls. The sutures used are very fine and are designed to loosen after 2 weeks. This helps reduce scarring. You will often be given an ice pack to help manage any pain.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely. While we look after you during your hospital stay, we’ll ensure you have comfort and privacy at all times. Your doctor will check that you’re properly recovered from the operation before discharging you.
At this stage, you may feel sore from your operation, but most patients have minimal pain. You won’t be able to drive, so you’ll need to make sure that you have someone who can take you home. Before you leave hospital, we’ll give you our 24/7 patient helpline number, in case you feel that you need to speak to a member of our clinical team at any point.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. For example, we’d recommend that you follow the advice on the information sheet: rest for 4 days, no baths for a month, and the application of antibiotic ointment.
After surgery you may be sore, and the area can be swollen. Any pain can be managed by normal paracetamol. You can also try lying with your bottom elevated and placing an ice pack over your underwear for ‘20 minutes on, 20 minutes off’ increments.
We recommend taking four days off work to make a full recovery. After two to three weeks, you should be able to see and feel the results of your pelvic floor surgery. The incisions usually heal and fade quickly. You’ll have a post-operative check to ensure that everything is healing properly, and your surgeon will advise when you’re able to resume sexual activity.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.
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