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Rectal Prolapse (Definition)

A condition where part of the rectum falls down and protrudes ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of rectal prolapse bad?

Evaluation: First you need evaluation to differentiate mucosal prolapse from true complete rectal prolapse. If surgery is required after medical management fails, the correct surgery will be anything from a hemorrhoidectomy to an abdominal procedure and partial colon resection. So, please be sure of the diagnosis before consenting to surgery. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rectal prolapse?

Use a mirror: Rectal prolapse is unusual in a 31 year old, but it can occur. When sitting on the toilet, if you think it is a prolapse, look with a pirror or take a picture. A rectal prolapse will be a circular piece of tissue hanging out of the anus. If present see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Where does it pouch to if a rectal prolapse?

Please re-ask: Your question is important, but I don't quite understand. Please re-state. ...Read more

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How would a young man have a rectal prolapse?

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse is uncommon in young people. It is more frequent in elderly patients particularly after major weight loss. Diarrhea or constipation is predisposing factor. There is some association with malignancy. Treatment needs to correct the predisposing factor, to encourage weight gain, avoidance of constipation. Patients refractory to conservative treatment wil need surgery. ...Read more

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I think I have a rectal prolapse, what do you suggest?

I think I have a rectal prolapse, what do you suggest?

Evaluation: First you need evaluation to differentiate mucosal prolapse from true complete rectal prolapse. If surgery is required after medical management fails, the correct surgery will be anything from a hemorrhoidectomy to an abdominal procedure and partial colon resection. So, please be sure of the diagnosis before consenting to surgery. See a colorectal surgeon for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an Internal rectal prolapse?

What are symptoms of an Internal rectal prolapse?

A rectal prolapse: Occurs when part or all of the wall of the rectum slides out of place, sometimes protruding from the anus. In an internal prolapse, the rectum does not protrude outside the anus. There may be some pain and changes in stool consistency or passage. Treatment involves changes in diet or sexual practices, medicine such as stool softener, or surgery depending on severity. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rectal prolapse?

What is the definition or description of: Rectal prolapse?

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse = a terminal portion of the large intestine drops outside of the anus. ...Read more

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What is the cure for rectal prolapse?

Operation - usually: Rectal prolapse is a disabling problem that can be corrected with surgery. There are a number of options available. I am a big proponent of laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for prolapse. ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary for rectal prolapse?

Up to patient: True rectal prolapse which means the rectum literally falls out of the body is rarely dangerous but causes significant symptoms. If the rectum gets caught outside it can begin to die and require emergency surgery but this is unusual. On the other hand the only way to correct or get rid of the prolapse is surgery, and there are MANY procedures that are available. Must consult Colorectal Surgeon ...Read more

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How successful is rectal prolapse surgery?

How successful is rectal prolapse surgery?

Usually works: Rectal prolapse is usually vastly improved with surgery. Consult your surgeon for his specific numbers. ...Read more

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How long will rectal prolapse surgery last?

Type of repair: A simple midlinie repair will last 3 to 5 years in 70% of patients. A site-specific repair with ligament support will last much longer. ...Read more

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Can rectal prolapse affect the way one walks?

Can rectal prolapse affect the way one walks?

Yes: Yes, it can definitely cause discomfort and pain and interfere with walking. ...Read more

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How to treat the early stages of rectal prolapse?

Kegel's exercises: Avoid constipation and heavy lifting. Start a regimen of pelvic floor exercises severaltimes dailyto improve the muscle tone around the rectum. ...Read more

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How is recovery from surgery for rectal prolapse?

Not bad: It partly depends on how bad the prolapse was and how well the muscles that control bowel movements are working. Generally pain is not bad and the main issues are managing diet and laxatives to achieve a good result. Results are pretty good but not perfect. Over time constipation and incontinence might continue to be somewhat of a problem. ...Read more

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Should I go to school if I have a rectal prolapse?

As long: Aas you can reduce the prolapse after a bm and do not have excessive soilage issues, going to school is not a problem. But if the prolpase continues, the sooner you get it confirmed and treated the better the long term result you will have. Long term prolapse can be associated with loss of sphincter muscle tone and hence can cause variable degrees of incontinence. ...Read more

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Am I feeling pressure or do I have a rectal prolapse?

Not sure: Rectal prolapse has the rectum folding inside out and protruding out your anus. ...Read more

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How does having diahrea often causes rectal prolapse?

Doesn't: Not a factor predisposing to rectal prolapse, constiaption is thugh. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for rectal prolapse surgery?

What is the recovery time for rectal prolapse surgery?

Rectocele?: Rectocele is often called rectal prolapse but not quite the same thing it's a bulge of the rectum into the vagina and a vaginal surgery with recovery to full activity @6-8weeks but light duty in1-2 weeks. True rectal prolapse is prolapse through the anus and can be done abdominally vaginally or rectally with big differences in recovery and long term success. ...Read more

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Very mild rectal prolapse at 21 years old, how to tell if it's serious?

Keep stools soft: Avoid straining or sitting in a crouched position (toileting, squatting) for long- it opens up the pelvis and puts additional pressure on the rectum. Avoid anal intercourse. It could just be hemmorhoids instead of rectal prolapse. Sometimes docs say rectal prolapse when they mean rectocele a bulge of rectum in the vagina. Rectal prolapse its falling through your anus and any progression- see doc. ...Read more

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Can rectal prolapse be cured without a surgery. I'm a male 24 years old?

Can rectal prolapse be cured without a surgery. I'm a male 24 years old?

No: The connective tissue fibers that should hold the rectum in place in the pelvis have broken or you would not have prolapse. No other therapy can replace these. There are several different surgical options. An experienced colon and rectal surgeon can review your case and explain the options. ...Read more

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Can sitting and reading on the toilet for too long cause rectal prolapse?

Hemmorhoids too: There are much more comfortable and sanitary places to read. Sitting on the toilet spreads the cheeks and opens things up a bit so yes it can contribute. Try a brisk walk or even a jog to help stimulate a "movement" if that's the issue and avoid holding it in when u could just head to take care of it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to exercise if you have rectal prolapse or will this make it worse?

Is it safe to exercise if you have rectal prolapse or will this make it worse?

Exercises: Avoid abrupt, heavy weight lifting and bouncing. Pelvic tilt exercises, abdominal strengthening, inner thigh exercises and slow lunges all improve pelvic floor muscles. ...Read more

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In continuation of my previous question what is the remedy for this rectal prolapse please.

Surgical: There are numerous procedures depending on the amount of prolapse you have. The most popular is a low anterior colon resection ...Read more

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I am 21 and have internal rectal prolapse, should I consider getting surgery? Would it fix the issue, what could go wrong?

Rectal prolapse: Most rectal prolapses cause some external protrusion through the anus and don't require surgery. An internal prolapse is more complicated and requires evaluation and advice by a colorectal surgeon. Avoidance of constipation and avoiding straining for a bowel movement using stool softeners may not be enough to prevent symptoms or further damage. ...Read more

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Why does partial rectal prolapse tend to resolve on its own in children, but for adults, surgery is usually needed? Is this true for all ages of adults

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse in an adult often requires surgery because it is actually caused by broken connective tissue or stretched tissue. This is not the case in children. If the rectum actually everts out of the anus in an adult the colorectal surgeon can remove and repair the defect and often preserve normal sphincter function. If you have rectal prolapse you should see a colorectal surgeon nearby. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for rectal prolapse?

Surgery: If you truly have (full thickness, circumferential) rectal prolapse (not just hemorrhoid or rectal mucosal prolapse), then surgery is the only option, though there are several surgical options, some done through the anus and some done laparoscopically...The latter usually more appropriate for a 45 year old). Failure to correct rectal prolapse leads to more frequent & severe prolapse & incontinence. ...Read more

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What are the risks of rectal prolapse surgery?

Infection, Recurrence: There are many different types of operations to treat rectal prolapse, most of which involve removing the redundant segment of intestine; there is a risk of infection associated with any bowel resection. These operations have varying rates of prolapse recurrence, depending on the technique. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for rectal prolapse?

Rectal prolapse: If mild - it can be gently reduced and pushed back in - use a moist washcloth. Stool softeners may help prevent reoccurence. If it continues to prolapse - generally surgery is required to remove the redundant tissue and "tack" the rectum up. Colon and rectal surgeons are probably the best at this type of problem. ...Read more

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What is the treatment process for rectal prolapse?

Surgery is the best: Option for treating rectal prolapse. Currently one can have an abdominal approach using minimally invasive techniques with 3-4 small scars. Experienced surgeons will offer laparoscopic or robotic surgery as well as approached from the perineum or around the prolapsed rectum.

In general, repairs through the abdomen last longer and are more durable then repairs from the perineum. See attached. ...Read more

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What's rectal prolapse effect on moving bowels?

None usually: Rectal prolapse is where the rectum falls through the anus. Sometimes it results from constipation. A rectocele is a bulge from the vagina and stool can get stuck in it. ...Read more

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What is rectal prolapse?

What is rectal prolapse?

See below: Rectal prolapse occurs when a portion of rectum essentially turns inside out and protrudes through the anus. It is assocated with excessive straining and worsens constipation. It can improve with stool softeners and fiber but often requries surgical correction. ...Read more

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What is a rectal prolapse???

Rectum falls out: The entire rectum loosens and protrudes through the anus. I looks like a cauliflower hanging out of your anus.
This requires surgical repair by a general or colorectal surgeon ...Read more

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How do you fix rectal prolapse?

Surgery: Pelvic prolapse, and, specifically, rectal prolapse, can be caused by: pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, menopause, chronic cough (asthma), to name a few. The only effective and long-term treatment is surgery, but this is almost always out-patient, with a fairly quick recovery. ...Read more

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How is rectal prolapse diagnosed?

Examination: Rectal prolapse can be internal and not visible or external and visible. If external, it is usually obvious. You can see and feel a round lump of tissue the size of a base ball that you can push back in at the anus.
Internal is seen on dynamic MRI or video defecography. Surgery is almost always indicated, but see you colorectal surgeon to discuss option. ...Read more

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Hi dr wt mean by rectal prolapse?

Falling out: Prolapse of the rectum is basically when the tissue that lines the rectum falls down and out the anus. Almost like a sleeve that turns inside out and falls down. Sometimes due to straining as with chronic constipation, othertimes due to collagen problems. Many reasons that this can happen, though it is rare. ...Read more

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Could rectal prolapse be dangerous?

Yes: Depending on its extent, it can be. It can lead to necrosis of the wall of the rectum. Also bleeding can occur. ...Read more

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What causes rectal prolapse in men?

Straing or rectal ma: Rectal prolapse is not common in men but when it occurs, it is usually from chronic diarrhea and straining at the stool. Rectal prolapse should usually be repaired by an experienced surgeon as there are several different techniques which can be applied depending on patient factors such as age, debility, assessment of anal sphincter tone and squeeze, etc. Colonoscopy is necessary. ...Read more