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A 26-year-old female asked:

what would cause rectocole prolapse at at 26?

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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Generally: This is an issue that occurs after having several children and sometimes with extensive repairs after episiotomies. If symptomatic not too hard to repair but do your homework.
Dr. Robert Harris
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Straining: Chronic straining or current heavy lifting may cause vaginal support loss such as rectocele. The most common cause is pelvic muscle damage from vaginal childbirth.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for rectocele?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Repair: Transanal or transvaginal surgical repair. Either a colorectal surgeon or gynecologist.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Some difficulty w/BM: Rectocele is essentially a "ballooning" of the rectal wall, most often toward the vagina, due to weakened supporting tissues. More comon after pregnancy/childbirth. Symptoms include a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Some people have to manually support the perineum to aid evacuation. Effective conservative therapy is fiber supplement (psyllium is best) and more fluid. Surgery results vary.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What options are there for treatment of a rectocele?

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Dr. Andrew Villa
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Surgery or not: Rectocele - the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina. Ways to decrease the symptoms of a rectocele include increasing dietary fiber, preventing constipation and straining during bowel movements. Laxatives and stool softeners may also help. Weight loss in obese individuals decreases pelvic pressure. A vaginal pessary may help to decrease symptoms. A vaginal surgical procedure may fix it.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Poor support: Rectocele:; lack of pelvic support allows rectum ("straight") to sag and bulge to the front, into the vaginal vault. Rectum is no longer straight and can not effectively transmit force, or transport stool out. Ber down and things bulge-kind of like pushing a rubber band. Sometimes physical therapy may help; often surgery needed. (good results generally).
A 33-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have a rectocele prolapse?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Herniation: The rectum is herniating into the floor of the vagina producing a "bulge". It is repaired via surgery and may cause constipation or fecal retention if not treated.

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