Prolapse Surgery May Improve Body Image and Depressive Symptoms

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Prolapse Surgery May Improve Body Image and Depressive Symptoms


McNamara, Damian, Clinical Psychiatry News


HOLLYWOOD, FLA, -- Reconstructive surgery for pelvic organ prolapse not only improves physical distress but can significantly improve a woman's body image and depressive symptoms, according to results of a prospective, case-control study.

"Body image can be used as an indicator of quality of life after reconstructive surgery," said Dr. Jerry L. Lowder of the division of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Body image is a neuropsychiatric construct, and dissatisfaction with body image is associated with anxiety and depression, he said. "Prolapse is a disfiguring disorder of the urogenital tract that is often hidden" but could still have negative effects on body image.

Dr. Lowder and his associates hypothesized that reconstructive surgery would improve body image scores. They enrolled 85 sexually active women over age 40 who were planning surgery to correct stage II or greater prolapse. A total of 57 participants had complete data at 6 months and were assessed further. …

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