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Is surgery necessary for rectal prolapse?

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Dr. Douglas Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Dr. Douglas Brewer
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Dr. Kenneth Crabb
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gernerally

Surgery is usually needed for rectal prolapse but see you local colon-rectal surgeon for your own situation.

In brief: Gernerally

Surgery is usually needed for rectal prolapse but see you local colon-rectal surgeon for your own situation.
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

It can improve with stool softeners and fiber but often requries surgical correction.
Mild symptoms or disease in the elderly or ill may preclude the need for surgical therapy.

In brief: Not always

It can improve with stool softeners and fiber but often requries surgical correction.
Mild symptoms or disease in the elderly or ill may preclude the need for surgical therapy.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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