A rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectal wall shifts out of place, often extending outside of the anus. There are three kinds of rectal prolapse:
In severe cases, the large intestine can be involved.
There are many factors that increase your risk of developing a rectal prolapse. Some risk factors that contribute to prolapse in children include cystic fibrosis, history of anal surgery, deformities, problems with development, malnutrition, infection, and constipation.
In adults, prolapses are usually caused by damage that occurred during childbirth, weak pelvic floor muscles, age, prior surgery, or straining associated with constipation.
If you’re suffering from a rectal prolapse, which is most common in children and older women, you might experience fecal incontinence, stools that are small and frequent, difficulty emptying the bowel, bright red tissue protruding from the anus, and blood or discharge leaking from the anus.
In many cases, prolapses in children resolve on their own. If not, a doctor can inject medication into the rectum to help treat the prolapse. When a prolapse is caused by an unrelated underlying condition, treatment for that condition may be required.
Likewise, many adults are able to improve their symptoms at home by pushing the prolapse back into place (if approved to do so by your doctor), avoiding constipation by eating plenty of fiber and drinking enough water, and strengthening the pelvic floor through Kegel exercises.
If these steps don’t help, your doctor may recommend surgery. During surgery, the rectal wall is attached to the sacrum or pelvic floor muscles to keep it in place. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia by a doctor who specializes in colon and rectum surgery, like Dr. Tootla.
At Dr. Farouk Tootla's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"From the time I entered the facility to the completion of my testing, everyone beginning with the receptionist was warm, courteous and caring."
"Dr. Tootla and staff are wonderful down to earth people. Dr. Tootla himself went above and beyond to help me!! Would highly recommend."
"...Having several different surgical experiences since, no surgeon has even come close to Dr. Tootla in showing genuine care and concern for me as a patient."
"My relationship with Dr. Tootla is over 10 years or more and I find him honest, straight forward, skilled, knowledgeable, and willing to discuss any question..."