Rectal Prolapse (cont.)
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What Natural or Home Remedies Treat and Relieve Rectal Prolapse Pain?
Almost all cases require medical care, and in most cases, surgery is required to treat and cure the problem. Most cases will worsen without surgery. Occasionally, successful treatment of an underlying cause of a prolapsed rectum may resolve the problem. However, these scenarios usually involve infants or children.
The cause of this condition in many patients are constipation or straining while having a bowel movement.
These tips may help ease bowel movements and ease symptoms.
Can Rectal Prolapse Be Treated Without Surgery?
The treatment standard to cure the condition is surgery. Medical treatment is normally used to ease the symptoms of a prolapsed rectum temporarily or to prepare the patient for surgery. Bulking agents (such as bran or psyllium), stool softeners, and suppositories or enemas are used for these purposes.
What Is Rectal Prolapse Surgery?
The treatment goal of all of the surgical techniques used to correct a prolapsed rectum is to attach or secure the rectum to the back side (or posterior) part of the inner pelvis. Surgery is performed through either the abdomen or the perineum.
If a patient is too weak for surgery, a doctor can prevent a prolapse by inserting a wire or plastic loop to hold the sphincter closed.
What Is the Surgery Recovery Time?
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After surgery, a Foley catheter may be left in place for a day or two and the patient may need to follow a liquid diet until normal bowel functions return.
A perineal surgery may require one to three days in the hospital, and abdominal surgery may require up to a week.
The recovery time following either type of surgery is several weeks and involves adding fiber to the diet and avoiding:
The patient will likely need one or two follow-up visits to their doctor within the first month after surgery to check that incisions are healing well and to make sure bowel movements are normal.
How Can You Prevent Rectal Prolapse?
What Is the Outlook and Prognosis for a Person with Rectal Prolapse?
With timely and appropriate treatment, most people who undergo surgery experience few or no symptoms related to rectal prolapse after surgery. Several factors, including age, severity of the prolapse, type of surgical approach, and health of the patient, contribute to the quality and speed of a person's recovery.
What Does Rectal Prolapse Look Like (Pictures)?
Full-thickness rectal prolapse.
Marlex rectopexy (a surgical procedure approaching through the abdomen).
Delorme mucosal sleeve resection (a perineal surgical procedure).
Altemeier perineal rectosigmoidectomy (a perineal surgical procedure).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/31/2017
BS Anand, MD
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