Hip Fractures may Stem from Prolapse Conditions

Posted on Apr 19 2012 at 01:29:02 PM in Health

The physical and emotional health of women are affected when pelvic organ prolapse presents itself, health journals share. Because of the physical impediments and the social humiliation resulting from this type of disorder, women are impelled to turn to vaginal mesh placement, which is the most recent development for prolapse repair. Because mesh lawsuits have an expiration date established by state laws, women need to be careful when adhering to this most recent treatment approach.



The commonness of prolapse in women have long been studied by medical experts; it seems that it does not only affect the patients and their immediate family relations, but also the medical practitioners. The intricacies of the pelvic support system has perturbed internal surgeons and experts of urogynecology. In many of their studies, they believe prolapse patients are at a greater risk for hip fractures as they grow older compared to women who have strong pelvic muscles.



In a study of over 16,000 randomly selected postmenopausal women, the number of women who have developed moderate to severe types of prolapse ran up close to eight percent. Over 12 percent of this same group of participants experienced various forms of fractures, and a tenth of them were hip fractures. This ascertains that women who have gone through menopause are most likely to suffer from fractures with age. 



Fractures of the hip may also be brought by a number of many other physical disorders which originate from the bodily changes encountered by women as they age. These are osteoporosis, arthritis, muscle disorders, and calcium and vitamin D deficiency syndromes to name a few. Despite the fact that conditions like these contribute to the likeliness of pelvic fractures, the presence of late-stage prolapse may just hasten the weakening of the pelvic muscles and predisposes the patient to pelvic injuries. Research finds that vitamin D may be beneficial in avoiding prolapse. What is its role in prolapse prevention?



There will come a period in women’s lives when hormone levels start to fluctuate and the muscles and bones begin to deteriorate; as women reach this point, even the lightest physical activities may seem overwhelming and cause breaks to muscles and bones. Treatments for this are attained through surgery, medications, or physiotherapy regimens. Women may have to discuss this more thoroughly with their doctors, since individual patients have differing reactions to each of these treatment approaches. After all, to achieve the best outcome, patients may have to go through several therapeutic interventions.



Doctors point out the need for regular physical evaluation in women, specifically to find out about their pelvic muscle strength and bone density. They need it more when they age 50 and over. But even younger women may gain advantage from this just the same. It may help them anticipate the occurrence of prolapse, and preventive measures may be taken to limit its development. Even up to now, available prolapse treatment regimens are faced with safety issues, and its therapeutic effects remain non-permanent. Others were even brought to worst situations in filing for a vaginal mesh lawsuit.