When the muscles and tissues of the bladder become stretched or weak, the back of the bladder can sag into the vagina, resulting in a cystocele. Also known as a fallen bladder or prolapsed bladder, a cystocele is often uncomfortable and can cause urinary problems. Board-certified urologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) specialize in female urology. They are experts at diagnosing and treating women who have cystoceles. Through personalized attention and state-of-the art technology, BWH urologic surgeons correct fallen bladders and return women to good urologic health.
Urologic services are available at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Main Campus in Boston, at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, at Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough, and at our newest locations Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Milford and Brigham and Women's Health Care Center at Westwood. Discuss the most convenient location for you when you make an appointment with a patient coordinator.
Factors contributing to an increased risk for developing a fallen bladder include:
Women with a fallen bladder may experience the following symptoms:
Your urologist will conduct a variety of tests to determine if you have a fallen bladder:
Depending upon the severity of your cystocele and other factors, including age and health, your urologist will recommend an individualized treatment plan which may include:
You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination and receive clinically-proven treatment by a board-certified urologist who specializes in female urologic health. Our goal is to alleviate or eliminate symptoms so patients can confidently resume everyday activities. Appointments are confidential and private.
Brigham and Women's Hospital practices a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, collaborating with colleagues in other medical specialties. If your urologist discovers that an underlying illness has contributed to your cystocele, you will be referred to an appropriate BWH physician for an evaluation.
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