Rectal prolapse rarely requires emergency surgical treatment. However it can be uncomfortable and has a negative impact on quality of life. Our team can help by using the latest, most state-of-the-art treatments and therapies available.
“Prolapse” is the falling or slipping of an organ from its normal position. Rectal prolapse means that the rectum falls down into the anus from its normal position in the pelvis. It can have different severities that require different treatment approaches by your colorectal surgeon. In some cases, rectal prolapse can look similar to hemorrhoids, therefore it is important to meet with a colorectal surgeon for correct diagnosis.
In many cases, you may be able to feel a bulge or mass that extends beyond the anus. This can occur temporarily after a bowel movement or with everyday movements like walking or standing. It may also be associated with symptoms like pain, bleeding, or fecal incontinence.
There are many different causes of rectal prolapse, including:
- Long-term constipation or diarrhea
- Straining during bowel movements
- Older age
- Injury to the pelvic area
- Nerve damage
- Weakening of the anal sphincter
- Conditions like diabetes, COPD, hysterectomy, or cystic fibrosis
Your first step is consulting a colorectal expert who can determine whether you’re experiencing rectal prolapse and the degree.
In cases of minor rectal prolapse, you may be able to treat it conservatively. In more severe cases, you may need surgery to repair and restructure the pelvic area for greater support. Your colorectal expert can discuss your best options for treatment.
Rectal prolapse is very treatable with the right approach, and certain surgeries have a very high success rate of fixing prolapse. It’s important to partner with your doctor to determine the causes and prevent it from recurring. This might include strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor, avoiding straining during bowel movements, or taking stool softeners to prevent constipation.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of rectal prolapse, it’s important to meet with a colorectal surgeon and discuss your options. To schedule your appointment, contact ACE Clinic by calling or filling out our online form.
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