What are the risks of rectal prolapse surgery?

Infection,Recurrence. There are many different types of operations to treat rectal prolapse, most of which involve removing the redundant segment of intestine; there is a risk of infection associated with any bowel resection. These operations have varying rates of prolapse recurrence, depending on the technique.
Pain, recurrence. Rectal prolaapse is where the rectum falls through the anus. Most repairs are rectal (high recurrence) or abdominal (pain, long recovery). There is a new vaginal repair that is less invasive but durable.

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What are the risks involved with surgery for rectal prolapse? Incontinence?

Several: see below. Risks of rectal prolapse surgery depend on approach: surgery through the perineum, or bottom, has few risks, but a higher recurrence rate. Abdominal approach has risks common to abdominal surgery (bleeding, infection, wound problems, adhesions etc) but a lower ecurrence rate. Most people note worsened continence after prolapse repair: most improve, but the degree of improvement varies. Read more...

Is surgery necessary for rectal prolapse?

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

How long will rectal prolapse surgery last?

Type of repair. A simple midlinie repair will last 3 to 5 years in 70% of patients. A site-specific repair with ligament support will last much longer. Read more...

Can rectal prolapse be cured without a surgery. I'm a male 24 years old?

No. The connective tissue fibers that should hold the rectum in place in the pelvis have broken or you would not have prolapse. No other therapy can replace these. There are several different surgical options. An experienced colon and rectal surgeon can review your case and explain the options. Read more...

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...