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Doctor insights on: How Common Is It For Somebody To Get Rectal Prolapse

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How common is it for somebody to get rectal prolapse?

How common is it for somebody to get rectal prolapse?

Uncommon: Full rectal prolapse is uncommon but not rare. More common in women, especially with prgenancy or birth issues. Related to lack of pelvic support; can be seen in patients with certain parasitic infections (whipworm), patients in chronic psychiatric hospitals. May be related to pelvic organ prolapse (uterine prolapse), rectocele, cystocele, solitary rectal ulcer. Treatable, may need surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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Rectal Prolapse (Definition)

Rectal prolapse is a condition where part of the rectum falls down and protrudes ...Read more


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What are the most common symptoms of rectal prolapse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What it says...: Most common is "mass protruding through the anus" and most are not painful at all; typically protrudes with defication/straining and retracts when done (mild cases). More severe case may need physical "pushing back in". It may progress and get really severe and pushing back no longer adequate, which then will require surgical reduction/pin-up surgery. Consult your doc..Colorectal doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get a rectal prolapse from straining really hard once?

No: If this were the case there would be a lot of people with rectal prolapse. I.E. Most of the population. ...Read more

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How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

Straining, genes: Avoid sitting on toilet for prolongedc interval. Avoid constipation. Avoid lifting from a deep squat as this opens up the pelvis more and exhale as you lift. ...Read more

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How common is rectal prolapse? Can it be caused by diarrhea? Can it come and go? Can it be related to obesity?

How common is rectal prolapse? Can it be caused by diarrhea? Can it come and go? Can it be related to obesity?

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse is not common. According to uptodate literature reviews, the incidence is 0.25 to 0.42% in the adult population, and prevalence is estimated at 1% in adults over age 65. I agree with dr. Jacobson that chronic diarrhea is a risk factor. Other risk factors include female gender, multiparity with vaginal delivery, prior pelvic surgery, chronc constipation & straining, etc. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like rectal prolapse go away quickly?

Probably not: Rectal prolapse usually occurs over time and is a progressive problem. There may be an underlying cause for the prolapse. You need to be seen by your primary doctor for evaluation. ...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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What are symptoms of rectal prolapse?

Anal mass: Rectal prolapse is the passage of a part of the rectum out through the anus. The patient usually becomes aware of something hanging out when it is time to wipe. Early on it may "reduce", or go back in, on it's own but as it enlarges it may need to be pushed back. Initially will only come out with bowel movements but later will come out with coughing etc. Usually will need surgery. ...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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