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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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Dr. Scott Beard
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Rectal Prolapse (Definition)

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


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How is recovery from surgery for rectal prolapse?

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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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 long will rectal prolapse surgery last?

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 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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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 treatments/surgery for my rectal prolapse and rectocele? I'm 77.

Rectocele: Surgery for rectal prolapse is different then surgery for rectocele. Rectocele can be corrected by vaginal approach and can be considered as outpatient procedure. Rectal prolapse needs to be corrected by abdominal approach and can be performed by laparoscopy or robot-assisted. ...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 are the risks involved with surgery for rectal prolapse? Incontinence?

Several: see below.: Risks of rectal prolapse surgery depend on approach: surgery through the perineum, or bottom, has few risks, but a higher recurrence rate. Abdominal approach has risks common to abdominal surgery (bleeding, infection, wound problems, adhesions etc) but a lower ecurrence rate. Most people note worsened continence after prolapse repair: most improve, but the degree of improvement varies. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wlk and stand for up to an hour following laproscopic rectal prolapse surgery? Also, is it normal to experience bleeding/a smear or so?

Is it safe to wlk and stand for up to an hour following laproscopic rectal prolapse surgery? Also, is it normal to experience bleeding/a smear or so?

YES: Yes, early ambulation is key to most Surgical procedures to prevent DVT, pneumonia, ileus etc... If a resection was done with the surgery you had, there will always be a small amount of bleeding early on with BMs ...Read more

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Should an 86 year old woman with rectal prolapse have another surgery after one year. Are there other ways? She had one wire surgically put across her anus to keep her rectum from falling out one year ago, the dr, wants to do it again. Is there another

This: This is a complicated problem. Treatment of rectal prolapse with a wire is outdated. An altemeier procedure (perineal rectosigmoidectomy) is usually the procedure of choice. Previous mesh placed in the pelvis, however, will make this procedure next to impossible. If the problem is as bad as it sounds, a low anterior resection with rectopexy will be the best choice. It should be done by an experience colorectal surgeon. Find a new surgeon fast. ...Read more

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How can a young man have rectal prolapse?

How can a young man have rectal prolapse?

Too much straining: Rectal prolapse is frequently seen in elderly women who have muscle weakness secondary to age and multiple pregnancies. When a young man has rectal prolapse it is nearly almost always due to severe straining when moving her bowels. A stool softener or mild laxative can help. Surgery is an option if nothing else works. If the patient is already incontinent, surgery will not make it better. ...Read more