If you experience fecal incontinence or blood leaking from your rectum, it could be a sign of rectal prolapse. If you need surgery to correct rectal prolapse, Arizona Preferred Surgeons in Glendale, Arizona, can help. The board-certified general surgeons repair damaged tissues to reduce unpleasant symptoms and the risk of complications. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
Rectal prolapse occurs when your rectum, the lowest part of your large intestine, slips out of your anus. It can feel uncomfortable and cause problems when left untreated, so surgery is usually needed to treat rectal prolapse.
Symptoms of rectal prolapse include:
You might also feel like your rectum doesn’t completely empty after having a bowel movement.
The cause of rectal prolapse isn’t clear. But risk factors for developing it include giving birth, being a woman, and being over 50. But rectal prolapse can happen to anyone. Sometimes suppositories or stool softeners work to treat rectal prolapse. But most of the time, you’ll need surgery to repair it.
To diagnose rectal prolapse and develop a treatment, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history with you. They complete a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam, and could recommend other diagnostic tests. Examples include blood tests, colonoscopies, X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic procedures.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions before undergoing surgery for rectal prolapse. Avoid taking certain medications, arrange for someone to drive you home afterward, and don’t drink or eat anything the morning of the scheduled procedure. You may need to take a bowel prep to flush out the contents of your colon and rectum.
Providers at Arizona Preferred Surgeons give you an anesthetic before surgery to make you fall asleep and avoid pain. They make tiny incisions if needed, repair soft tissues, and close any incisions before taking you to a recovery area.
You might spend a day or two at the surgical center after your procedure. Follow all instructions for taking care of yourself after surgery. Take your medications as directed, get plenty of rest, and stay on a liquid diet until you’re told it’s OK to eat solid food. Avoid strenuous activity until your surgeon gives you the OK and attend your follow-up appointments.
If you have rectal prolapse and need surgery, schedule a consultation with Arizona Preferred Surgeons by phone or online today.