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What Is Rectal Prolapse?

"Prolapse" is a term healthcare experts use to explain any body part displaced from its normal position in your body. Rectal Prolapse happens when your rectum, a part of your large intestine, slips down into the anus and sometimes comes out the other side. It is caused by the wearing out of the muscles that grip it in place. It may look or feel like hemorrhoids, but unlike hemorrhoids, it does not go away on its own and requires surgery to fix it.
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What Causes Rectal Prolapse?
  • Failure of the muscles that hold the rectum in place leads to rectal prolapse and several things can contribute to this. Some possibilities include:

    • Aging
    • Pregnancy and childbirth
    • Previous injury to the pelvis
    • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
    • Intestinal parasite infections
    • Chronic coughing
    • Chronic sneezing
    • Spinal cord or nerve damage
    • Cystic fibrosis
What Are The Symptoms Of Rectal Prolapse?
  • Some of the symptoms of rectal prolapse include:

    • A feeling of pressure or a bulge in the anus
    • A feeling like there is something left inside the anus after you poop
    • A red
    • fleshy mass hanging out of the anus
    • Leakage of poop, mucus, or blood from the anus
    • Anal pain
    • Itching
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    • Private room for patients with attendant stay & meals
    • Advanced rectal prolapse treatment
    • Insurance covers the treatment for rectal prolapse
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    • Free follow-ups post rectal prolapse surgery
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Treatment & Diagnosis For Rectal Prolapse In Delhi

Diagnosis For Rectal Prolapse

Your healthcare provider will check your medical history, then examine your rectum. To confirm the diagnosis of rectal prolapse or rule out other possible issues, they might use some tests like:

  1. Digital Rectal Exam: It is a test that examines a patient’s lower rectum, lower belly, and pelvis. A digital rectal exam can help your doctor check for rectal prolapse and other medical problems, including piles, polyps, etc.
  2. Defecography: This test uses a contrasting agent with an imaging study, like an x-ray or MRI. Defecography can help show structural changes in and around the lower gastrointestinal tract and show how well the rectal muscles are working.
  3. Anorectal Manometry: In this test, a narrow, flexible tube is inserted into the anus and rectum and a balloon at the tip of the tube is expanded. This test helps measure the tightness of the anal sphincter and the functioning of the rectum.
  4. Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy is an exam that looks for changes in the large intestine and rectum. A long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum during a colonoscopy, and a tiny video camera at the tip of the tube helps the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon.
  5. Electromyography (EMG): The EMG test determines if nerve damage is the reason why the anal sphincters are not working properly. In addition, it also examines muscle coordination.

Surgery For Rectal Prolapse

One of the best ways to treat rectal prolapse is through surgery which involves putting the rectum back in its original place. The kind of surgery your doctor suggests will depend on factors like your overall medical condition, age, and how serious your rectal prolapse condition is. The two most common types of rectal prolapse surgeries are:

  • Abdominal: This type of surgery can be executed either with a large incision or using laparoscopy, which involves small cuts and a camera attached to an instrument so the surgeon can see what needs to be done.
  • Perineal: This approach to treating rectal prolapse is used if you are older or have other medical issues.

If your rectal prolapse is caught early, your doctor might treat it by suggesting you take stool softeners to make it easier to go to the bathroom and by pushing the rectum’s tissue back up the anus by hand. But, normally, you will eventually need to undergo surgery to fix rectal prolapse.

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A dedicated Care Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.


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Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.


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We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

FAQs Around Rectal Prolapse

What is the success rate of rectal prolapse surgery?

Rectal prolapse surgery has a high success rate for prolapse control, approximately 75%, and incontinence is improved in 60% of patients. In addition, recurrence of rectal prolapse after surgery occurs in just about 2% to 5% of people.

How can you fix rectal prolapse?

There are multiple ways to manage rectal prolapse from worsening. However, surgery is the best approach to treat rectal prolapse. The choice of surgical treatment lies on the specifics of the patient’s condition and the surgeon’s. For healthy adults, the best choice of surgical treatment is usually a rectopexy, a method to repair the rectum through the abdomen. But, some people are not the right candidates for rectopexy. In these cases, rectal surgery remains the next viable treatment option.

What does rectal prolapse look like?

Rectal prolapse can look different from person to person. If there is an internal rectal prolapse, the rectum begins to slip partway into the anus. In the case of mucosal prolapse, the inner mucous lining of the rectum spins inside out and begins to peak out of the anus. External prolapse happens when the complete rectum falls out.

Can rectal prolapse cause other problems?

Rectal prolapse majorly causes discomfort to people, but can also lead to other possible complications like difficulty in pooping, ulceration, and bleeding.

Can a rectal prolapse burst?

Spontaneous and unforced rupture of the rectum due to increased intraabdominal pressure is an infrequent complication of rectal prolapse in adults.

When to call the healthcare provider for rectal prolapse treatment?

Call your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms along with a prolapsed rectum:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Discharge
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence

How to prevent rectal prolapse?

Some of the tips to prevent rectal prolapse include the following:

  • Avoid activities that add to the pressure in the rectal area.
  • Have at least 5 servings of fruits and green vegetables every day.
  • Stay active and exercise regularly but carefully. If you are obese, focus on getting back to a healthy weight.
  • Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.
  • If you are constipated, consult your healthcare provider if you should have a stool softener or a bulk laxative.

How Do You Differentiate Between Rectal Prolapse And Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse can have similar symptoms, and it is not uncommon to mistake one for the other. Hemorrhoids — inflamed blood vessels in the anus or rectum — can also provoke itching, pain, or bleeding. Hemorrhoids can even prolapse and they may look similar to mucosal rectal prolapse.

Both rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids can happen during and after pregnancy, or in conjunction with chronic diarrhea or constipation. While rectal prolapse has multiple causes, hemorrhoids are primarily caused by excessive straining. They are also temporary and will go away on their own after a certain time. But, rectal prolapse is chronic and progressive. The symptoms may change, but they won’t go away.

What Are The Possible Risks Or Complications Of Rectal Prolapse Surgery?

Rectal prolapse surgery comes with certain risks of general complications, like:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Injury to nearby organs
  • Anesthesia complications

Additional risks and complications linked with rectal prolapse surgery include:

  • Constipation: For certain people, constipation gets worse after rectal prolapse surgery, and sometimes it happens even if you didn’t have it before. Scar tissue in the bowels might be one reason.
  • Sexual dysfunction: Rectopexy has a small chance of harming a nerve connected with male sexual function.
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