Rectal Prolapse: What Is It and How Can You Treat It?

February 8, 2023

Rectal Prolapse: What Is It and How Can You Treat It?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of rectal prolapse, then we encourage you to take action now and seek medical help. Rectal prolapse is a serious condition that can affect your digestive health, your quality of life and even lead to more serious complications if left untreated. We will provide information on what rectal prolapse is and how it can be treated. We’ll discuss potential causes of the condition, potential treatment options available today, as well as lifestyle modifications that may help improve symptoms associated with this disorder. So stay tuned for a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about Rectal Prolapse!


What is a rectal prolapse, and what are the symptoms?

Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectum (the lower part of your large intestine) loses its regular internal support and slips outside the body, thus appearing outside of the anus. Rectal prolapse can be extremely painful, causing further discomfort if left untreated. Common symptoms associated with Rectal prolapse include bleeding from the anus, feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area, feeling as though something is poking out, incontinence, and constipation. Treatment for Rectal Prolapse may include lifestyle changes, such as improving diet and increasing physical activity, or medical procedures, such as surgery to repair or replace damaged tissue. It is important that individuals experiencing Rectal Prolapse consult with a medical professional to discuss their specific options for treatment.


What causes rectal prolapse, and how can you prevent it from happening?

It can occur spontaneously or can be caused by a variety of factors, such as long-term straining during bowel movements, varied types of chronic constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction due to aging or after childbirth, and rectocele and uterine prolapse. Rectal prolapse is usually accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty with the control of gas, burning pain in the anal area, mucus discharge from the anus during defecation, visible swelling around the anus, and a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen. To prevent this uncomfortable condition from occurring, it’s important to exercise regularly and practice good bowel habits like eating a high-fiber diet which promotes regularity, as well as avoiding straining when having a bowel movement. Proper posture when sitting on the toilet also helps to keep this distressing condition at bay.


How is Rectal Prolapse Treated, and What are the Possible Complications Associated with Treatment?

Rectal prolapse occurs when part of the rectum protrudes through the anus, sometimes resulting in a visible lump outside the body. The first step in treating a rectal prolapse is to reduce its symptoms—such as pain, bleeding, and incontinence—using dietary modifications or laxatives. Surgery may be advised if these methods are unsuccessful. During surgery, weakened and stretched ligaments of the rectum will be repaired, and, if necessary, part of the rectum can also be removed. Complications associated with this form of treatment include infection followed by fever, sepsis, and further damage to surrounding tissue. Furthermore, since surgery affects how stool leaves the body, fecal incontinence or constipation may occur post-operatively. Therefore it is important that patients consult their doctor prior to making any medical decisions concerning their rectal prolapse.


How can you care for yourself if you have a rectal prolapse?

Common symptoms include constipation and difficulty controlling bowel movements. It is important to seek out medical care and treatment if you experience these or any other persistent signs of rectal prolapse. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and an increase in fiber intake to promote regularity. Rectal prolapse can also be corrected by surgical means under more serious cases. It is essential for those who suffer from rectal prolapse to not only seek competent professional advice but also to take proper care of themselves at home by following doctor-recommended lifestyle modifications.

When should you see a doctor about your rectal prolapse symptoms, and how will they diagnose the condition?

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor who can diagnose the condition properly. Diagnosis begins with taking a detailed medical history and performing an exam of the abdomen and rectum. Further diagnostic tests may be necessary to evaluate how much of the rectum has prolapsed, and how much tissue needs to be repaired and assess any other medical conditions that might exist. After examination and diagnosis, your doctor will discuss treatment options tailored to your individual situation.


In conclusion, if you or a loved one are dealing with rectal prolapse, it is important to know that you are not alone. This condition is relatively common and can be treated effectively by working with a qualified medical professional. If you have any questions or would like more information about rectal prolapse, please contact our office. We would be happy to help you schedule an appointment with one of our providers.