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Rectal Prolapse


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Comment from: Tired of This!, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I started leaking a little fecal fluid 10 years ago. College onward I had episodes of bad abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Five years ago, fecal incontinence worsened - stool would come out and I wouldn't be aware it had. One year ago, I thought something started protruding from my anus. It would go back in if I bent slightly at the waist. Now, my rectum protrudes 5 to 6 inches when I stand. It requires bending completely over for it to retract. Rectopexy surgery scheduled for 8/10/18. No mesh to be used!

Comment from: jamesup, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 13

After years of constipation and straining with bowel movements, from time to time I noticed a dropping out of feces between bowel movements. After bowel movements I felt an incomplete emptying of the anal canal, even though on digital examination it was empty. I noticed a continuous mild feeling of needing to have a bowel movement even though not needed. I have experienced no protrusion of the rectum. I have managed to discontinue constipation and straining; however, apparently, that finding is slightly too late to avoid the rectal prolapse. I am 84 years old, and since the prolapse is not pronounced, I plan to use suggested home procedures to lessen the discomfort unless it becomes more pronounced. Actually, after applying recommended home procedures I experience less symptoms and discomfort than when I first noticed the condition, which was about two months ago. When the anal canal is evacuated, with digital examination I feel only the presence of some stringy tissue. I haven't consulted a physician, since I don't believe he would have additional comment. I wish no surgery at this time.

Comment from: TANGA , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

My niece is 21 years old and is suffering with rectal prolapse. It is devastating when your intestines keep falling out. I need help.


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