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What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

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

Dr. Michael Hulse
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Rectocele (Definition)

An outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating ...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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What is the treatment for rectocele?

Rectocele repair: Either a pessary or surgery. A pessary is a small flexible support that is placed into the vagina -- it holds everything in place, but does not cure the underlying problem. The only way to definitively treat the problem is to undergo a surgical repair which may or may not involve a resuspension of the vagina (if you already had a hysterectomy) or a hysterectomy (if your uterus is also falling). ...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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Posterior repair rectocele back to work few days?

Depends : Probably but the answer depends on the surgical technique , how extensive the repair and what kind of job you have. Discuss specifics with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Other than childbirth, what can cause a rectocele?

Other than childbirth, what can cause a rectocele?

Lifting.: Childbirth is the biggest risk factor. Other risks are chronic constipation, repetitive heavy lifting, chronic cough or respiratory issues, connective tissue disorder and obesity. ...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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Rectocele surgery can anyone tell me how bad the pain is?

Rectocele surgery can anyone tell me how bad the pain is?

Depends: There are three approaches for this surgery. Depends which approach your surgeon wishes to take. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like after surgery to correct a rectocele?

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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When should I be concerned with my rectocele? It's a grade 3 of 4.

When should I be concerned with my rectocele? It's a grade 3 of 4.

You will know: There is very little risk with an untreated rectocele. Surgery should be based on your symptoms and how much you are bothered by them. Rectoceles can progress and worsen but this usually takes significant time and the bother issue would likely increase also so most women will know themselves when it's time for repair. ...Read more

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I had a total diVinci hyster 11/14. I now have gr 3 rectocele and 3 cystocele. Could they have happened from the hyster? When should I have it repaire

I had a total diVinci hyster 11/14. I now have gr 3 rectocele and 3 cystocele. Could they have happened from the hyster? When should I have it repaire

Here are some ...: The cystorectocele to a degree after hysterectomy is nothing uncommon, but indicates you have weak pelvic supporting muscles & tissues, which may in turn predispose its recurrence although surgical repair may be inevitable. As to when and how to repair it, that should be decided after proper evaluation & counseling though collaborating with surgical specialist of such procedures. Best wish ... ...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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What is the treatment for rectocele prolapse?

What is the treatment for rectocele prolapse?

Rectocele is treatef: In different ways. Pelvic floor exercises, a pessary or surgery are possibilities. You need to see a gyn or urogynecologist for an evaluation and discussion of what is right for you. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Compare rectocele and rectal prolapse?

Compare rectocele and rectal prolapse?

Vaginal vs. Anal: A rectocele is bulging of the rectum towards the vagina (thus creating a "bulge" in the vagina, and possibly difficulties having a bowel movement). It is due to a weakening of the connective tissue between the rectum and vagina. Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectum loses its normal attachments inside the body, allowing it to telescope out through the anus, thereby turning it “inside out”. ...Read more

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What are common rectocele operation side effects?

What are common rectocele operation side effects?

Depends whether mesh: Is used which can be associated with infection, erosion of the mesh or rejection. Also making the sphincter too tight either with or without mesh can cause an outlet obstruction to varying degrees. Discuss this with the surgeon who will perform the surgery before you agree to the procedure. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rectocele/cystocele repair && tvt?

What to do if I have rectocele/cystocele repair && tvt?

Not sure of your: question. have you had these operations or are you considering it? You can request a consult with me on Health Tap Concierge if you would like to have a more in-depth conversation ...Read more

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Rectocele of a young woman usually due to prolonged labor?

Possibly: Pregnancy and vaginal delivery, even without prolonged labor can result in rectocele. ...Read more

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Why would you need a catheter for 4 days after rectocele surgery?

Why would you need a catheter for 4 days after rectocele surgery?

Here are some...: After a major local surgery for rectocele, the overall function of all nearby tissues and organs may be affected by surgery and its postoperative reaction. Hence, it is a good practice to leave an indwelling catheter for few days as recommended by the surgeon's experience. This practice has been proved beneficial by long professional experience. More? Ask your doctor... ...Read more

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How bad is the pain after hemorroid and rectocele repair surgery?

Depends: Hemorrhoid surgery and rectocele surgery are different surgeries and each have several options available. Would be best to have the specific surgery you are considering to provide an accurate answer. For example, an exicisional hemorrhoidectomy can be a very painful procedure. ...Read more

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I have got a rectocele prolapse. What will the doctors do to sort it?

Physical exam.: The evaluation of a rectocele is a good history and a physical exam. Some doctors will examine you in the stirrups and standing. A rectocele is often diagnosed in conjunction with a cystocele, uterine prolapse or vaginal prolapse. You will have options for treatment. ...Read more

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Can you deliver a baby vaginally with a rectocele/ cystocele? What are the complications?

Can you deliver a baby vaginally with a rectocele/ cystocele? What are the complications?

Yes.: Cystocele and rectocele present no problem to you or the baby for delivery. Vaginal childbirth is probably the biggest risk factor for these problems. ...Read more

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When should a patient agree to surgery for a rectocele? How successful is this operation?

When should a patient agree to surgery for a rectocele? How successful is this operation?

Symptoms bothersome: Mild rectocele may not cause any symptoms and often unnoticed, but severe cases can cause much discomfort, trouble with bm, pressure, sensation of incomplete bm, and in some cases with severe. Rectocele is generally not a dangerous condition, so surgical treatment is only needed if symptoms are bothersome and conservative treatments not adequate. Talk to your doc/surgeon about it. Good luck. ...Read more