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Millions of American women suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. Causes of the condition include childbirth, hysterectomy and age.

Twanette Rodgers struggled with bladder leakage for years. It impacted how she traveled, slept and socialized.

"I wasn't able to run or exercise and I mean run, like, interact with other students or my kids," she said.

Her problems and symptoms were caused by pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Glenn Bankert elaborated, "When a woman's female organs, her uterus, the anterior and posterior walls of her vagina collapse in on themselves because of a lack of support."

Dr. Bankert is an OB/GYN with Sacred Heart Medical Group in Crestview. He said Rodgers had all the classic symptoms on advanced pelvic prolapse.

"Pressure, just feeling a lot of sensation or pressure, difficulty emptying your bladder," he explained.

In January, Bankert performed a da Vinci Robotic surgery on Rodgers' laparoscopically to repair her prolapse. At the same time, he performed a hysterectomy. Rodgers was able to go home the same day. She said relief was instant.

"I've had patients wait eight or ten years to even come in to talk to me about it cause they're embarrassed by their situation. They're not alone, there's over 200,000 prolapse procedures done in the U.S.," said Bankert.

Rodgers said she wanted to tell her story because a relative shared hers, and that led her to Bankert. She said she knows the topic may be a sensitive one for some.

"It doesn't bother me. It probably makes other people feel more uncomfortable than I would feel, but no, it doesn't bother me."

Rodgers shared that she's back to walking, running and enjoying her life.

"It's a big peace knowing I can go out and not have to worry about taking precautions and not thinking about it," she smiled.