The introduction of better treatments for painful pelvic prolapse may be facilitated by the development of the first 3D computer model of the biomechanics of the pelvic region. Pelvic organ prolapse is a weakening of the muscles and ligaments that causes organs to drop from their normal position and, for many women, results in pain, urinary problems, and pressure discomfort. The complex condition is frequently linked to childbirth and has been difficult to study and evaluate. As reported in the June edition of Journal of Biomechanics, this new approach may permit a more complete understanding of the processes occurring in the pelvic floor.
The biomechanical model was developed by researchers from the University of Michigan and is derived from a 3D MRI of a healthy 45-year-old woman. Senior author John O.L. DeLancey, MD, director of Pelvic Floor Research and the Norman F. Miller Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School, commented “What’s revolutionary about using computer models is that for the first time in the OB/GYN field, biomechanics is being used to understand not only what happens during birth but how those injuries may evolve into bigger problems later in a woman’s life.”
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