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You are having rectal prolapse
. Rectal prolapse can occur as a result of many conditions, including:Chronic constipation
or chronic diarrhea
Long-term history of straining during bowel movements.
Older age. Muscles and ligaments in the rectum and anus naturally weaken with age. Other nearby structures in the pelvis area also loosen with age, which adds to the general weakness in that area of the body.
Weakening of the anal sphincter. This is the specific muscle that controls the release of stool from the rectum.
Prior injury to the anal or pelvic areas.
Damage to nerves. If the nerves that control the ability of the rectum and anus muscles to contract are damaged, rectal prolapse can result. Nerve damage can be caused by pregnancy, difficult vaginal childbirth, anal sphincter paralysis
, spinal injury
, back injury/back surgery, and/or other surgeries of the pelvic area.
Other diseases, conditions, and infections. Rectal prolapse can be a consequence of diabetes, cystic fibrosis
, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
, hysterectomy, and infections in the intestines caused by parasites – such as pinworms and whipworms – and diseases resulting from poor nutrition or from difficulty digesting foods.
In some cases of very minor, early prolapse, treatment can begin at home with the use of stool softeners and by pushing the fallen tissue back up into the anus by hand. However, surgery is usually necessary to repair the prolapse. There are several surgical approaches. The surgeon’s choice depends on patient’s age, other existing health problems, the extent of the prolapse, results of the exam and other tests, and the surgeon’s preference and experience with certain techniques.
Abdominal and rectal (also called perineal) surgery are the two most common approaches to rectal prolapse repair.
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