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Dr. James Lin
Board Certified, Urology
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I have cystocele(gr1), rectocele(gr3) and rectal prolapse thru anus. What procedure is best method and what is best specialist to perform op? Thanks.

Dr. James Lin
Board Certified, Urology
46 years in practice
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I have cystocele(gr1), rectocele(gr3) and rectal prolapse thru anus. What procedure is best method and what is best specialist to perform op? Thanks.

To urologist / uro-.: Go to experienced urologist or uro-gynecologist for evaluation and surgical correction with modern available concept and procedures. Remember: Corrective surgery is not to cure, but apply what your body/tissue can do so to put together for better anatomical alignment and functional restoration. And aging will still weaken tissues leading to recurrence. So, be realistic although great improving... ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Michael Hulse
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Rectocele (Definition)

Rectocele is an outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating ...Read more


Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
17 years in practice
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I'm having stress incontinence and rectocele repair surgery as back to back procedures. What can I expect afterwards. Can you explain the procedures?

Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
17 years in practice
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I'm having stress incontinence and rectocele repair surgery as back to back procedures. What  can I expect afterwards. Can you explain  the procedures?

Talk to your surgeon: These are questions you should discuss with your surgeon. They are great questions. But you should not have surgery without asking your own surgeon these questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse
Board Certified, Gynecology
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What are the common presenting symptoms of rectocele?

Dr. Michael Hulse
Board Certified, Gynecology
22 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Gynecology
22 years in practice
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What happens if a rectocele goes untreated for long?

Dr. Michael Hulse
Board Certified, Gynecology
22 years in practice
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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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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Hulse
Board Certified, Gynecology
22 years in practice
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Please tell me what does having a rectocele feel like?

Dr. Michael Hulse
Board Certified, Gynecology
22 years in practice
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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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Dr. Andrew Villa
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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How long is recovery from a rectocele repair ?

Dr. Andrew Villa
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Andrew Villa
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Rectocele - what are the consequences of avoiding surgey?

Dr. Andrew Villa
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
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What to do if I have an rectocele surgery?

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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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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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
10 years in practice
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Rectocele surgery can anyone tell me how bad the pain is?

Dr. Allen Kamrava
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
10 years in practice
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Depends: There are three approaches for this surgery. Depends which approach your surgeon wishes to take. ...Read more

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