I’m writing about my mom, she is in her 70’s and has some kind of prolapse. I’m not sure exactly what is prolapsed but she had a procedure to partially repair it a while back. She asked about a pessary but was told it wouldn’t be effective. She says it burns when she goes pee but she has no UTI and she also has issues with bowel movements. Her doctors want her to have a hysterectomy and she seems to be OK with it but I worry about her having this seemingly major surgery at her age. I’m also concerned that the problem isn’t really with her uterus and the doctors might just be getting snip-happy. So my questions are:
1. Can uterine prolapse cause urinary and bowel problems similar to what she”s experiencing?
2. Are there other less invasive/destructive ways of fixing a prolapse?
3. I’ve heard that having a hysterectomy kind of ages you. Is that true of only pre-menopausal women? My mom is still fairly vital for her age and I’d hate to see the surgery affect her vitality in some way.
I’m really uneasy. She’s acting like she’s just going to have her tonsils out or something and I don’t think she realizes the seriousness of what she’s about to agree to. I want her to make sure she really and truly needs this before she goes through with it but she just brushes me off. Or maybe I’m overreacting and it is like having your tonsils out? hehe Any info or advice you have would be much appreciated. Thanks!