Rectal prolapse isn’t common and is rarely a medical emergency, but surgery is needed to repair your fallen rectum. Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford is the largest colorectal surgery group in New England, and the experienced team offers comprehensive care for rectal prolapse, including advanced surgical repair at their offices in Bloomfield, South Windsor, Enfield, and Plainville, Connecticut. To schedule an evaluation, call the office nearest you. You can also request an appointment online.
Rectal prolapse is a condition in which your rectum, the last segment of your large intestines, falls from its usual position and protrudes through your anus. Rectal prolapse can cause discomfort and embarrassment, but it’s rarely a medical emergency.
Researchers are still trying to find out what causes rectal prolapse, but it’s more often found in older adults and tends to affect women more often than men. You could be at risk of developing rectal prolapse if you have a history of chronic constipation or weak pelvic floor muscles.
With rectal prolapse, you’ll feel the bulge of your rectum as it exits your anus, or you'll see a reddish-brown mass protruding from your anus. Initially, you may only experience these symptoms during a bowel movement. Over time, your rectum could spontaneously fall out of position when you’re walking or standing.
Your rectal prolapse can also cause pain or rectal bleeding and, if left untreated, can lead to fecal incontinence.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the experts at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford for an evaluation of your rectal prolapse. Though the team focuses on your primary concern, they take a whole-patient approach to care to ensure all your health needs are met.
During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history and does physical and rectal exams. The team also runs diagnostic tests like anal electromyography, colonoscopy, and/or defecography to assist with developing your treatment plan.
Surgery is the recommended treatment for rectal prolapse, even if the prolapse is mild. The specialists at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford offer many surgical options for rectal prolapse repair, including abdominal repair approaches and rectal repair approaches.
The team recommends the best surgical method for you based on the severity of your prolapse, your symptoms, and your age. They review the details of your surgery prior to the procedure, including how to prepare, what to expect during surgery, and how long it’ll take to recover.
Ignoring your rectal prolapse can lead to long-term health problems. For expert surgical care, contact Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford or request an appointment online today.