What Is Rectal Prolapse?

The very end of your lower intestine is known as your colon, with the very last few inches making up the rectum. This part of your digestive system is most active in preparing and passing your feces during bowel movements, and it can sometimes be subject to a problematic condition known as rectal prolapse. Your rectum is held in place by a series of ligaments and tendons, as well as pressure exerted by the surrounding organs. If these should fail and your pelvic ligaments weaken, the rectum can essentially turn inside out, protruding out of your anus either partially or completely. If you think you may be experiencing rectal prolapse, it’s important that you reach out to our New Jersey office and set up your consultation and exam immediately. This issue will usually not resolve on its own, and often requires surgical intervention. To learn more about how we can help you with this problem, reach out and set up your appointment today.

Symptoms of Rectal Prolapse

When you’re experiencing rectal prolapse, the most immediate and obvious symptom will be a red mass or bulge that can be seen extending out through the opening of your anus. This is most frequently seen immediately after a bowel movement, and may or may not be associated with pain in the area. At first, the prolapse may only be partial, but it can become a full prolapse if not addressed in a timely fashion.

Pain, bleeding, and fecal incontinence are also symptoms that can be associated with rectal prolapse. Patients who fear that may be dealing with this issue are encouraged to reach out to NYBG Colorectal as soon as possible.

What Is Causing My Rectal Prolapse?

Rectal prolapse is an issue that can be experienced by just about anyone, though it is most commonly seen in female patients who are over the age of 50. Any condition that weakens the muscles of the pelvic floor or causes chronic straining in the area can contribute to instances of rectal prolapse. Other causes frequently include:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Childbirth
  • Neurological issues
  • Injury to the spinal cord
  • Family history of prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
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How Is Rectal Prolapse Treated?

Most frequently, surgery is needed to revolve rectal prolapse. The treatment utilized will depend on the severity of your issue, and we’ll always utilize a minimally invasive approach whenever it’s possible to do so. We offer highly advanced options like robotic colorectal surgery, enabling us to reduce your recovery time and help you enjoy relief from your issue without taking too much time from your busy schedule. To learn more about what NYBG Colorectal can do for you, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

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