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Understand Rectocele and How it Affects Your Life

Seek Treatment from Doctors that Value Your Time

Rectocele is also known as posterior prolapse, and affects the lives of women all over the world. This frustrating condition occurs when the tissue wall between the rectum and the vagina is weakened, and the vaginal wall bulges and expands.

The tissue between the vagina and the rectum is known as the rectovaginal septum, and a small tear in this tissue creates a bulge that then pushes the front wall of the rectum into the vagina. A perineoplasty or other surgical treatment may be needed to treat serious cases of rectocele.

Prevalence of Rectocele

Rectocele is more common in older women that have given birth vaginally at some point in their lives. Statistics regarding rectocele are still being developed, with some concluding that as high as 80% of women may have this condition.

Causes of Rectocele

Although a rectocele is caused by the weakening of the tissue wall, several things can increase the chances of this happening.

  • Constipation or strain during bowel movements
  • Trauma during vaginal delivery
  • Routine vaginal delivery
  • Previous hysterectomy or rectal surgery

Each of these factors may result in a weakened pelvic floor, increasing the chances of a rectocele.

Rectocele Symptoms

A minor case of rectocele may not have many noticeable symptoms, and many women discover the condition during routine examinations by a doctor. Signs of a more serious condition include:

  • Visible vaginal bulge
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Rectal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment immediately from a qualified medical professional.

Treatment Options for Rectocele

Mild rectocele symptoms can be treated by the patient with hormonal supplements, changes to the diet or exercise.

Surgical treatment is often necessary for more serious cases. Here at miVIP, our focus is on providing our patients with the highest quality care without disrupting their lives. Our perineoplasty procedure is minimally invasive, and most patients return home the same day as their surgery.

Long Term Prognosis After Treatment

After treatment for a rectocele, most patients report minimal to no discomfort. When treated properly, the future is very promising. Increase your chances of a life free from pain and other rectocele symptoms by choosing one of the world class surgeons here at miVIP.

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Here at miVIP, we focus on the comfort, safety and care of our patients. Our doctors understand the complex emotions that come with gynecologic conditions, and strive to make you comfortable during every appointment. To discuss your treatment options for a rectocele, call miVIP Las Vegas today at 877-956-2263. All of our doctors are board-certified and qualified to offer you opinions and advice about your sensitive medical condition.

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