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Rectal Prolapse


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When part of the bottom of the lower intestine (rectum) slips outside of the anus, this condition is known as rectal prolapse. This typically causes fecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements) as well as seepage or soilage. Other signs and symptoms of rectal prolapse include:

  • Pain when having bowel movements
  • Mucus or blood coming from the anus
  • No longer feeling the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Tissue that protrudes from the anus


You surgeon may order a special MRI study or an x-ray study to better elucidate the extent of the prolapse.

Physical Exam Your colorectal specialist will complete a thorough physical examination – including gathering your health history – to diagnose a rectal prolapse.


Medications As an initial course of treatment, your colorectal specialist may recommend you take stool softeners, suppositories, or other medications to try to correct the prolapsed rectum.

Surgery In many cases, surgery will be required to correct the rectum that has slipped out of the anus. Depending on your personal history and situation, there are a number of surgical procedures that can be done to correct this condition. Approaches to this include robotic resection with fixation of the rectum, fixation of the rectum itself with or without use of a mesh, or even repair of the prolapse through the perineum

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