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Rectal Prolapse Repair

What is a Rectal Prolapse Repair?

There are 2 possible prolapse repairs, either through the anus without external incision (Delormes procedure) or through an abdominal incision (abdominal rectopexy). Rectopexy can be done laparoscopically with 4 or 5 very small incisions instead of one large incision across the lower abdomen.

Rectal prolapse is when the rectum turns itself inside out and comes out through the anus, and a rectocele is where the rectum protrudes into the back wall of the vagina. In both rectal prolapse and rectocele the sufferer can experience chronic constipation including straining on the toilet to pass a bowel motion.

What causes rectal prolapse and rectocele?

Vaginal childbirth is a risk factor for rectocele. Treatment options vary - read more in our pelvic organ prolapse section.

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Problems of Rectal Prolapse Repair

Some of the problems associated with rectal prolapse and rectocele include:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Constipation (try to avoid at all costs - we recommend the Squatty Potty after any pelvic floor surgery)
  • Difficulties passing a bowel motion (same as above)
  • The feeling that the bowel isn’t completely emptied after passing a motion
  • Faecal incontinence, which means an inability to control the bowels.

Can Kegel8 Help With Rectal Prolapse Repair?

YES! Anal electrical stimulation via an anal probe has been shown in Clinical studies to improve the tone and strength of the pelvic floor muscles. One in three pelvic surgery procedures fail so it is essential that you strengthen your pelvic floor after the surgery to continue with your rehabilitation.

Kegel8 can will help after your Rectal Prolapse Repair because it is vital to strengthen the pelvic floor - statistic show that you are prone to a bladder prolapse or cystocele if you also have a rectocele, so preventing further prolapse is essential  If you undergo pelvic floor surgery you need to ensure you only do it once and it is a success!

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