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What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

Rectal prolapse: Is where the entire rectum protrudes through the anus, hemmoroids will just be individual bulges of dilated blood vessels. If there are multiple hemmorhoids the difference can be hard to feel and has to be seen by experienced eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids?

Different conditions: Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus. Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. Either condition may result in discomfort near the rectum or rectal bleeing. Rectal prolapse may require surgical treatment, hemmorrhoids can be treated with creams, placement of bands or surgery if severe. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between a rectal prolapse to hemorrhoids?

Please help! What is the difference between a rectal prolapse to hemorrhoids?

Anatomy: Prolapse is actual rectal tissue bulging, prolapsing, telescoping out of the anus.

Hemorrhoids are actual blood vessels of the anal region known as the hemorrhoidal vessels that engorge with blood. As they engorge they place pressure on the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and a mucosal (partial) prolapse through self examination?

Tough to tell: This is sometimes a tough question for medical professionals to answer. Severe hemorrhoids can have the look of a prolapse. If you are asking this question, you should make an appointment with a GI doctor or a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Can rectal prolapse make you sick if untreated?

Can rectal prolapse make you sick if untreated?

Bowel control will: Suffer. When the rectum is prolapsing it is stretching the nerves as well as the sphincter muscles which keep stool in. The earlier the repair the less damage to the area.

If the prolapse is so large and gets stuck the bowel can get sick and you can get sick from that. ...Read more

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What can be done for rectal prolapse when your older?

Surgery: Well, usually, when you have a true rectal prolapse, surgery is the way to fix it. It can be fixed through the rectum or through the abdomen and each ones of the techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. But overall, is a problem that needs surgical correction. ...Read more

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Unexpected spontaneous rectal prolapse while tobagganing. What should be the first response action?

Don't panic: While this is certainly surprising ; scary it is fixable. Try taking a warm bath and when you are relaxed, gently try to reduce it. If it won't reduce or it swells and becomes painful, seek immediate medical attention. If it does reduce, you should see a urogynecologist or cool-rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Can rectal prolapse affect the way one walks?

Can rectal prolapse affect the way one walks?

Yes: Yes, it can definitely cause discomfort and pain and interfere with walking. ...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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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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Can anal vibrator cause rectal prolapse?

Possibly: I suspect it would be the (repeated) insertion and withdrawal that would lead to problems not the vibration. ...Read more

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Does anal sex lead to rectal prolapse?

Does anal sex lead to rectal prolapse?

No: Pelvic prolapse, and, specifically, rectal prolapse, is much more likely caused by: pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, menopause, chronic cough (asthma), to name a few. ...Read more

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Is rectal prolapse the same as hemorrhoids?

Is rectal prolapse the same as hemorrhoids?

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse is different from hemorrhoids. A thorough exam is required to differentiate this. ...Read more

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What's rectal prolapse effect on moving bowels?

What's rectal prolapse effect on moving bowels?

None usually: Rectal prolapse is where the rectum falls through the anus. Sometimes it results from constipation. A rectocele is a bulge from the vagina and stool can get stuck in it. ...Read more

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Can a person with rectal prolapse become pregnant?

Absolutely: Rectal prolapse is a mechanical problem in which the rectum turns out at the anus. There is no medical reason one can not get pregnant. Having said that, I would caution about not fixing it before you get pregnant only in that it may get worse with the weight of the baby and the pushing with delivery. ...Read more

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Could rectal prolapse happen from having anal sex?

Could rectal prolapse happen from having anal sex?

It would be rare!: It might be a very uncommon factor, but for the most part no, particularly if a condom with proper lubrication is used! But it can aggravate a pre-existing prolapse! ...Read more

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How will the doctor find if I have a rectal prolapse?

Exam: Generally examination after straining on a commode. ...Read more

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How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

How does a man get an anal or rectal prolapse? Not gay

Straining, genes: Avoid sitting on toilet for prolongedc interval. Avoid constipation.
Avoid lifting from a deep squat as this opens up the pelvis more and exhale as you lift. ...Read more

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What can I do for my rectal prolapse without going to a doctor?

Variable: Some people with rectal prolapse will have pain with bowel movements, most will have occasional bright red blood from the rectum due to irritation of the prolapsed rectal mucosa, and many will have soiling or a mucous type discharge from the prolapse. Stool softeners and increased fiber in the diet may help, but significant rectal prolapse often requires surgical correction. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies to help with rectal prolapse?

No: For full-thickness rectal prolapse, surgery is the only option that will correct the problem. There are options available. If not corrected, symptoms may worsen as the prolapse weakens the sphincter and the patient develops more symptoms of incontinence which may become irreversible. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a rectal prolapse to let off gas without warning?

Sure: The prolapse can stent the sphincter open. Prolapse requires medical attention. ...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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I think I have a rectal prolapse, can I leave it or do I need to see a doctor immediately?

Rectal prolapse: It is unusual to have a rectal prolapse at your age but I would let a doctor have a look so that you get a correct diagnosis ...Read more

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Supposing you have a lot of anal sex. Would you be more suseptable to having a rectal prolapse when your older?

Supposing you have a lot of anal sex. Would you be more suseptable to having a rectal prolapse when your older?

Not necessarily!: Depends on many variables, but generally not! If lubrication is used with condom and it is not "violent, " and hands are not used...Unlikely! ...Read more

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Can a rectal prolapse and a cervical prolapse cause problems during child birth? These are from my last birth 1yr ago.

Can a rectal prolapse and a cervical prolapse cause problems during child birth? These are from my last birth 1yr ago.

No, but...: They should not cause s problem with the pregnancy or delivery, but they may both get worse with childbirth. ...Read more

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Female of age 18 yrs having rectal prolapse, tenesmus and bleeding for the last 2 months. What could be the problem and Tx?

Female of age 18 yrs having rectal prolapse, tenesmus and bleeding for the last 2 months. What could be the problem and Tx?

Constipation: Is to be avoided by all means since it may have contributed to the prolapse and it can definitely worsen it. A balanced diet along with proper hydration and physical exercise are critical in the long run. Otherwise the rectal prolapse by itself can cause bleeding and rectal tenesmus. ...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

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