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What are the different types of pelvic organ prolapse?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An enterocele is a type of pelvic organ prolapse that involves the small intestine, also known as the small bowel. It is not common, but it happens more often to women who have undergone a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus. This is because an enterocele is caused by weakened ligaments and connective tissue around the uterus. The weakened structures fail to support the small intestine and the abdominal cavity's lining and so the intestine bulges down into the bottom of the pelvic area between the rectum and the vagina.

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