Rectal prolapse isn’t a common condition but can develop as you get older, especially if you’re a woman. At Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group, the skilled physicians specialize in advanced surgical techniques to reposition a prolapsed rectum to restore your digestive health. They use laparoscopic and robot-assisted technologies to minimize damage to surrounding tissues so you can heal quickly with fewer complications. Call the office in Sacramento, Roseville, or Carmichael, California, to schedule a rectal prolapse consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum (the last part of the large intestine) protrudes from your anal opening. The condition results from weakness in your pelvic floor, which can worsen due to chronic constipation and straining during bowel movements.
With rectal prolapse, the rectum detaches from its position and moves out of the anus. The rectum also turns inside out as it slides out of the body. The condition can cause embarrassment or problematic symptoms that affect your bowel movements and quality of life.
Older women are at increased risk for rectal prolapse, especially if they delivered children vaginally. However, people of any age and gender can develop the condition.
Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group provides on-site diagnostic testing and personalized treatment services for rectal prolapse in adults.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group if you have symptoms of rectal prolapse, such as:
Your provider completes a digital rectal exam and may perform additional diagnostic tests, including anal manometry, to evaluate the function of your anal sphincter muscles.
Treatment for rectal prolapse usually involves surgery to reposition and secure the rectum. Your Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group provider can identify the type of surgery you need based on your age, symptoms' severity, and overall health.
Your surgeon can repair the rectum using laparoscopic or robotic surgery techniques that require only small incisions in your anus or abdomen. They may apply mesh material over the rectum to prevent it from prolapsing again.
After surgery, you may need to make lifestyle and diet changes to prevent constipation and other factors that can contribute to rectal prolapse complications. These changes might involve using stool softeners or taking medications to support healthy bowel movements.
Call the Sacramento Colon and Rectal Surgery Medical Group office near you to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of rectal prolapse or book an appointment online today.