Do you have pain or heaviness in your pelvis? It could be an enterocele (small bowel prolapse). At Rush, we offer surgery to repair your pelvic organ prolapse.
Enterocele is a type of pelvic organ prolapse in women. It occurs when your pelvic floor becomes damaged, and your small intestine bulges into the top part of your vagina.
Signs You Should Get Help for Enterocele
You should get help if you have these common symptoms of enterocele:
- Feeling that something is heavy in your pelvis
- Feeling that something is bulging into your vagina
- Feeling that something is about to fall out of your vagina
- Pain in your vagina, pelvis or lower back
- Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
Enterocele Treatment at Rush
We understand that you're eager to control your enterocele symptoms so you can get back to your regular routine. Your care team at Rush includes specialists who are committed to helping you find solutions to your problem. This includes gynecologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons and physical therapists with special training to manage your enterocele. Together, we work with you to help ease your symptoms.
At Rush, you have access to nonsurgical and surgical treatments to help you feel more like yourself again.
Nonsurgical treatments include physical therapy, estrogen therapy and wearing a pessary (a device you place in your vagina to support your pelvic floor organs).
Surgical treatments include minimally invasive procedures that tighten your pelvic muscles and return your small bowel to its proper position.
Rush Excellence in Enterocele Care
- Chicago's first pelvic health program: At Rush, your care team includes some of the most experienced doctors in the Midwest. Rush University Medical Center was the first academic medical center in the Chicago area to offer a dedicated program with specialized care for women with enterocele, vaginal pain, incontinence and other pelvic and abdominal conditions. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rush University Medical Center among the best in the nation for gynecology care.
- Quick access to top GI experts: If you have an enterocele, you may experience gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation and fecal incontinence. At Rush, your care team includes some of the nation's leading digestive health experts. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rush University Medical Center as among the best in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery. Our GI doctors often can see you within one week — and sometimes sooner.
- Laparoscopic and robotic surgery options: Our surgeons routinely use minimally invasive techniques that help you feel less pain, reduce scarring and speed your recovery from an enterocele repair.
- Second opinions when you need them: If you are considering enterocele repair, let our doctors help you sort out your options so you can make the most informed decision about your pelvic organ prolapse.