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Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse is a medical condition where the rectum protrudes out of the anus. It can be a partial prolapse, where only the rectal lining bulges out, or a complete prolapse, where the entire rectum protrudes. The condition is more common in older adults and women.

Medical illustration of Rectal Prolapse, showing the protrusion of the rectum through the anus.
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Risk Factors
Prevention

Symptoms of Rectal Prolapse

The primary symptom of rectal prolapse is the protrusion of the rectum outside the anus. It may look like a pink bulge the size of a golf ball all the way to a softball or even much bigger. Other common symptoms include fecal incontinence, the sensation of incomplete bowel movements, rectal bleeding, and pain during bowel movements. In severe cases, patients may experience constipation and rectal ulcers.

Diagnosis of Rectal Prolapse

A rectal exam and medical history review are crucial for diagnosing rectal prolapse. This is one of the few conditions where showing pictures of the prolapse to your colorectal surgeon at your visit is helpful. The doctor may also order imaging tests like a colonoscopy, MRI, or defecography to check for the extent of the prolapse and rule out other medical conditions.

Risk factors for Rectal Prolapse

Several risk factors can lead to rectal prolapse, including chronic constipation, obesity, and chronic coughing. Additionally, women who have had multiple childbirths and men who have had rectal surgery are at higher risk of developing rectal prolapse.

Prevention for Rectal Prolapse

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and managing chronic conditions like constipation and chronic cough, can help prevent rectal prolapse. Avoiding heavy lifting and straining during bowel movements can also prevent rectal prolapse.

Treating Rectal Prolapse

The best treatment for rectal prolapse depends on the severity of the condition. For mild cases, doctors may recommend pelvic floor exercises or stool softeners to ease bowel movements. In more severe cases, surgery is necessary. The surgical procedure involves repositioning the rectum back inside and securing it in place or removing the prolapsed rectum and sewing the two ends together.

Why Choose Dr. Marines for Rectal Prolapse Surgery?

If surgery is necessary, it's important to choose a highly skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Diego Marines. Dr. Marines is a colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, Texas, with extensive experience in treating rectal prolapse. He uses advanced surgical techniques and individualized treatment plans to ensure the best outcomes for his patients. Dr. Marines is committed to providing compassionate care and helping his patients achieve optimal health and wellness. When it comes to rectal prolapse, it is very important to be knowledgable on all the different surgical approaches and be able to provide the patient the best approach for their specific condition.

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Rectal Prolapse Frequently Asked Questions

What is rectal prolapse?

Rectal prolapse is a medical condition where the rectum protrudes out of the anus. It can be a partial or complete prolapse, and is more common in older adults and women.

What are the symptoms of rectal prolapse?

The primary symptom of rectal prolapse is the protrusion of the rectum outside the anus. Other common symptoms include fecal incontinence, the sensation of incomplete bowel movements, rectal bleeding, and pain during bowel movements. In severe cases, patients may experience constipation and rectal ulcers.

How is rectal prolapse diagnosed?

A rectal exam and medical history review are crucial for diagnosing rectal prolapse. Imaging tests like a colonoscopy, MRI, or defecography may also be ordered to check for the extent of the prolapse and rule out other medical conditions.

What are the risk factors for rectal prolapse?

Several risk factors can lead to rectal prolapse, including chronic constipation, obesity, chronic coughing, multiple childbirths, and rectal surgery.

What is the treatment for rectal prolapse?

The best treatment for rectal prolapse depends on the severity of the condition. For mild cases, doctors may recommend pelvic floor exercises or stool softeners. In more severe cases, surgery is necessary. Dr. Diego Marines is a highly skilled and experienced colon and rectal surgeon.

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