A rectocele is a bulge at the front wall of the rectum or large intestine that pushes into the back wall of the vagina. This condition is also known as a posterior vaginal wall prolapse and occurs when the tissue between the rectum and the vagina weakens. If large enough, it can create a noticeable lump of tissue through the vaginal opening. Events like childbirth and trauma that put pressure on the pelvic tissue can lead to a rectocele. At Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery, our skilled team of colorectal specialists is highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a rectocele. We have helped countless men and women with colorectal issues in the North Houston and West Houston, TX area and invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment today.
The exact cause of a rectocele is unclear, but we do know that this condition typically arises in conjunction with the weakening of the pelvic floor. There are multiple factors that can contribute to this deterioration, such as:
- Advanced age
- Multiple vaginal deliveries
- Birthing trauma
- Extensive history of constipation
- A previous rectal surgery
When to see a doctor
Even though rectoceles are very common and can occur in women who haven’t had children, you should see a healthcare professional if you have noticed an abnormal bulge or have been experiencing long-lasting vaginal pain or irregular bowel movements. Chronic constipation is one of the primary signs of a rectocele, and if a bowel movement can’t be accomplished with at-home stool softeners after a few days, it’s time for medical intervention.
There are several noninvasive treatments and at-home remedies that can be used to address a rectocele. At-home care options usually involve performing pelvic floor exercises, drinking plenty of water, and eating fibrous foods to help produce routine bowel movements. Depending on your unique case, other treatments may be prescribed to help. The most common medical practices generally include stool softeners, hormone replacement therapy, and a vaginal pessary to support the pelvic floor. In extreme cases, surgery may be used to correct the rectocele.
Quality Rectovaginal Care
Our compassionate group of colorectal specialists is proud to provide high-quality medical care to the North Houston and West Houston, TX communities. When you visit Houston Colon and Rectal Surgery, we will take our time to sit down with you to carefully evaluate your condition to determine an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment plan for your unique needs. We look forward to helping you regain optimal health for a vibrant life.