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Dr. Scott Beard
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Rectal Prolapse (Overview)

A condition where part of the rectum falls down and protrudes out of the anus.


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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
159 doctors shared insights

Rectal Prolapse (Overview)

A condition where part of the rectum falls down and protrudes out of the anus.


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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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What kind of dr would i see to diagnose a rectal prolapse? Are there exercises or non surgical remedies for this?

What kind of dr would i see to diagnose a rectal prolapse? Are there exercises or non surgical remedies for this?

Colorectal surgeon: To answer your question about prolapse, would see a surgeon with extra training in colorectal diseases. You should be able to get a diagnosis and options. It may also be hemorrhoids for which there are nonsurgical remedies, depending on severity. ...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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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

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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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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 rectal prolapse generally treated?

Problem bulge: Prevention with stool softeners is the start. Once advanced enough it is treated surgically. Most of the time it is a bulge into the vagina (rectocele) and an outpatient vaginal surgery. A true prolapse of the rectum through the anus is rare and can be treated rectally, abdominally or vaginally. Vaginal surgery reduces the vaginal bulge and builds up the tissue b/w the anus and vagina to bolster. ...Read more

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What is treatment for rectal prolapse?

Depends on symptoms: Rectal prolapse is most common in older people, and treatment options take into account a person's medical fitness and suitability for operative treatment. Abdominal surgery approaches have higher risks, but lower recurrence rate. Alternatively, resection through the perineum is lower risk, but has a higher recurrence rate. ...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 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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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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Can kegel exercises prevent early rectal prolapse from continuing?

Can kegel exercises prevent early rectal prolapse from continuing?

Probably not ...: Kegel exercise, of no doubt, will strengthen the muscle power around the anus and pelvic floor of men or women. But its preventive effect has not been studied for teenagers, as I have known. Remember everything happening to us always results from multiple factors although some factors may be identified as precipitating ones. Meanwhile, practice healthy lifestyle and avoid overindulgence... ...Read more

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So the bf caused my rectal prolapse. How do we avoid this?

Change behaviors: Anal intercourse is associated with the development of rectal prolapse. Avoiding this behavior will help. In addition, avoiding constipation and eating a healthy diet can also improve your symptoms. ...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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