Rectal Prolapse Specialist

Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS -  - Colorectal Surgeon

Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS

Colorectal Surgeon located in Waterford, MI

Dr. Farouk Tootla understands the embarrassment many patients experience with colon and rectal problems. If you suspect or have been diagnosed with rectal prolapse, rest assured that you will receive professional, confidential diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Tootla and his staff, who specialize in the treatment of conditions of the colon and rectum just like this. To learn more about your options or get a second opinion on your rectal prolapse, contact Dr. Tootla in Waterford, Michigan, either by calling the office or scheduling an appointment via our convenient online booking tool today.

Rectal Prolapse Q & A

What is rectal prolapse?

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:

  1. Partial prolapse, in which just the rectal lining slides out of place and protrudes from the rectum
  2. Total prolapse, in which the entire rectal wall protrudes from the rectum
  3. Internal prolapse, in which part of the rectal wall slides out of place without protruding from the rectum

In severe cases, the large intestine can be involved.

What causes rectal prolapse?

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of prolapse?

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.

How is prolapse treated?

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.