About Rectal Prolapse
Prolapse means that a body part has moved out of place from its normal position. Rectal prolapse is when the rectum, which is the last section of the large intestine, drops downward or outside of the anus. There are three different types of rectal prolapse: full, partial, and internal. This condition typically occurs in older patients but is six times more likely to develop in women over the age of 50. Rectal prolapse isn’t generally a medical emergency, but if left untreated, it can worsen over time. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. While rectal prolapse can be embarrassing, it’s important to see a board-certified colorectal specialist to evaluate your condition to prevent the need for surgical treatment. Reach out to Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery in North Houston or West Houston, TX to schedule an appointment today.
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While the exact cause of rectal prolapse is unclear, we do know that there are a variety of factors that can contribute to this condition, including:
- Advanced age
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- An injury to the anal or pelvic area
- Having multiple vaginal deliveries
- Weakening of the anal sphincter
- Certain diseases or infections
When to see a doctor
The most common signs and symptoms of rectal prolapse are the feeling of a bulge or the appearance of a red-colored mass that protrudes out from the rectum. If this occurs, we encourage you to contact Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery right away for an appointment. Patients should also see a healthcare professional if they have been experiencing long-lasting diarrhea, constipation, or strain when using the restroom. These are all concerns that should not be ignored, and in order to prevent more serious issues from arising, a health exam is recommended.
The most effective form of treatment for rectal prolapse is surgery. There are two main types of surgeries. The first involves making an incision through the abdomen to access the large intestine. The other approach either removes a small portion of the inner lining or amputates the portion of the intestine that is sticking out of the anus. The specific surgery used will depend on your overall health, age, and the severity of your condition.
Better Your Rectal Health
Rectal prolapse can cause a lot of embarrassment and pain, which can negatively impact your overall quality of life. Don’t let this condition prevent you from living life fully any longer and contact Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery in North Houston or West Houston, TX today to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned colorectal specialists. We look forward to providing you with the treatment you need to restore your rectal health.