Female Organ Prolapse Surgery & Treatments
At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), we regularly perform procedures that can treat female organ prolapse and provide relief to those who have the condition. PAMF urologist Elizabeth Newsom, M.D., and obstetrician/ gynecologist Howard Salvay, M.D., work as a team and utilize state-of-the-art surgical techniques tailored to your needs.
They compliment the surgical treatment of female organ prolapse with non-surgical methods, including lifestyle changes, exercises and medication. Using a collaborative approach, Dr. Newsom and Dr. Salvay have helped many Santa Cruz-area residents regain their quality of life.
About the Surgery
To repair prolapse in which incontinence is a problem for the patient, Dr. Newsom surgically implants a polypropelene mesh that supports the prolapsed (sagging or relaxed) pelvic organs. The urethral mesh used has been shown in research studies to be the safest device of its kind. It protects the urethra from downward motion when active or coughing to stop the leakage of urine. The polypropelene mesh, which has been shown in research studies to be the safest device of its kind, restricts the movement of the urethra to a normal range of motion.
The procedure is performed at Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) under general anesthesia/epidural, and requires a one- to two-day hospital stay. The patient will have to restrict her activities for approximately one month and refrain from sexual intercourse for eight to 10 weeks to allow the body sufficient time to heal. The prolapse repair procedure is not recommended for women who plan to have more children.
Meet our Doctors
Elizabeth Newsom, M.D.
Dr. Newsom received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She is board certified in urology and is a member of the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology.
Dr. Newsom has professional interests in urinary incontinence and female genital prolapse, female urology, neuron-urology and minimally invasive robotic laparoscopic surgery.
Howard Salvay, M.D.
Dr. Salvay received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1976. He completed an internship at the University of California, Davis in 1978 and a residency at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento in 1981. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Salvay has professional interests in advanced laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery and robotic surgery.
PAMF doctors provide surgical and non surgical prolapsed techniques in Santa Cruz county and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center
2900 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Main Phone: 831-477-2200