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Dr. Michael Hulse
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Rectocele (Overview)

An outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating the vagina and rectum.


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What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

Pressure or bulge.: Many women have no symptoms with a rectocele. A rectocele can present with a bulge or mass in the vagina that may protrude through the vaginal opening. Some women have vaginal pressure or pain. Difficulty having a bowel movement is also common and many women will use vaginal pressure to help have a bm. Some woman have difficulty with intercourse or low back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse
153 doctors shared insights

Rectocele (Overview)

An outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating the vagina and rectum.


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I have been diagnosed with moderate rectocele. Is there anything i can do to prevent it from worsening without resorting to a pessary ring?

I have been diagnosed with moderate rectocele. Is there anything i can do to prevent it from worsening without resorting to a pessary ring?

Vaginal bulge: Rectoceles can cause difficulty completing bowel movements, sometimes uncomfortable sex. One way to help prevent worsening is to treat constipation and avoid straining with bowel movements. Consult a gyn or urogynecologist if you have not. ...Read more

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54yrs-cyctocele and rectocele repair 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs - cyctocele is back how do I know if recto else is back. Bladder gets dry & painful?

54yrs-cyctocele and rectocele repair 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs - cyctocele is back  how do I know if recto else is back. Bladder gets dry & painful?

PelvicOrganProlapse: A symptomatic rectocele generally causes bowel evacuation problems. To truly distinguish what is prolapsing from the vagina, a vaginal exam by a physician is required. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a rectocele prolapse?

Rectocele: Rectocele is simply the rectum herniating or bulging into the vagina. Common symptoms include a feeling of vaginal fullness and sometimes a feeling of incompletely emptying when defecating. There is little risk to having a rectocele and they are very common in women who have delivered babies vaginally so these need only be treated when they are bothering you. Surgery is vaginal and outpatient. ...Read more

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What options are there for treatment of a rectocele?

What  options are there for treatment of a rectocele?

Many: Speak with a colorectal or specialized urogynecologist. It depends on the size and your previous history. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause a woman to have a rectocele besides child birth or anal sex?

Is there anything that can cause a woman to have a rectocele besides child birth or anal sex?

Bad genes.: Genetic predisposition, chronic constipation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (coughing), asthma, diabetes mellitus and multiple childbirths can lead to rectocele. I am not aware of any studies to suggest that anal intercourse is a risk factor. ...Read more

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Rectocele - what are the consequences of avoiding surgey?

May get worse: A rectocele - the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina, may or may not get worse without surgery. 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. ...Read more

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What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

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). ...Read more

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How long is recovery from a rectocele repair ?

Relatively short: You should discuss the planned procedure and post-op care with your surgeon. Generally, a rectocele (posterior) repair recovery time is relatively short. You should be up and walking the day after surgery. You may experience some vaginal and rectal discomfort and pressure. You may be back to relatively normal activities except for heavy lifting and sexual activity within a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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What happens if a rectocele goes untreated for long?

What happens if a rectocele goes untreated for long?

Continued symptoms.: If you are not having symptoms from your rectocele then i would not have it repaired. Noone can tell you exactly what is going to happen with your rectocele. It will not just go away. It may stay just like it is or it may worsen over time. If it gets worse it can still be repaired. Their is no harm in waiting. ...Read more

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What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

Pressure or bulge.: Many women have no symptoms with a rectocele. A rectocele can present with a bulge or mass in the vagina that may protrude through the vaginal opening. Some women have vaginal pressure or pain. Difficulty having a bowel movement is also common and many women will use vaginal pressure to help have a bm. Some woman have difficulty with intercourse or low back pain. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does having a rectocele feel like?

Varies.: A rectocele is often asymptomatic. You may feel something bulging at the vaginal opening, vaginal pressure, discomfort or low back pain. Some women have difficulty having a bowel movement and may need to press into the vagina to help empty the rectum. Some women have difficulty having intercourse. ...Read more

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Rectocele - what are the consequences of avoiding surgey?

May get worse: A rectocele - the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina, may or may not get worse without surgery. 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about rectocele surgery?

Two general methods: Rectocele is basically a hernia of the rectal wall into the vagina. Many women have no symptoms from rectocele and do not need repair. Symptomatic rectocele can be repaired with sutures but comes back frequently. It can also be repaired with mesh. This technique may not come back as often but can have other complications. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an rectocele surgery?

What the surgeon say: Your surgeon will give you all the information both pre / post op. Ask all your questions up front and be informed ...Read more

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How do I know if I have 'rectocele' prolaps?

Not a simple answer: At a certain level, mild rectocele is normal and should not be treated. If you have a rectocele that is symptomatic, you will feel that you have an easier time having bowel movements when you have your fingers placed against the back wall of your vagina. Prolapse in a general term refers to a different process. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a rectocele prolapse?

Rectocele: Rectocele is simply the rectum herniating or bulging into the vagina. Common symptoms include a feeling of vaginal fullness and sometimes a feeling of incompletely emptying when defecating. There is little risk to having a rectocele and they are very common in women who have delivered babies vaginally so these need only be treated when they are bothering you. Surgery is vaginal and outpatient. ...Read more

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