What is a Proctopexy?

[ prŏk′tə-pĕk′sē ] n. Surgical fixation of a prolapsed rectum.

How is a Rectopexy performed?

Usually, stitches are used to secure the rectum, often along with mesh. The term “laparoscopic” refers to surgery performed through several very small incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope (a long, thin camera) is placed through an incision near the belly button in order to see the inside of the abdomen.

How painful is a Rectopexy?

It is not unusual to suffer griping pains (colic) during the first weeks following removal of a portion of your bowel. The pain usually lasts for a few minutes and goes away between the spasms.

Is Rectopexy major surgery?

Resection rectopexy is a major surgery that comes with the following possible complications: Infection (external and internal)

How long does it take to recover from a Rectopexy?

Most people make a good recovery from rectopexy and return to normal activities after 4–6 weeks, depending on the type of surgery.

What causes Rectopexy?

Rectal prolapse occurs when your rectum, part of your large intestine, slips down inside your anus. It’s caused by a weakening of the muscles that hold it in place. Rectal prolapse may look or feel like hemorrhoids, but unlike hemorrhoids, it doesn’t go away on its own.

What is Proctopexy with sigmoid resection?

Abdominal proctopexy with sigmoid resection: The lateral rectal stalks are used to anchor the rectum to the presacral fascia and periosteum.

How is a Defecography performed?

Defecography can be done by fluoroscopic X-ray or by MRI. Both kinds of imaging can visualize the inside mechanics of your body as you poop. X-ray is more commonly used, but some people may need to avoid the small radiation exposure that it produces. A fluoroscopic X-ray is like a video X-ray.

How serious is prolapse surgery?

It is very uncommon to experience serious bleeding or need a blood transfusion. Generally, there is improved sexual function after prolapse surgery, however about 2% of women experience painful intercourse after surgery and this may require minor corrective surgery or the use of vaginal dilators.

Can a rectocele heal on its own?

Expected Duration. A rectocele is a long-term condition that does not heal on its own. It may remain a minor problem or become larger and more problematic with time.

How do you poop with a prolapse?

Position for bowel movements with a prolapse:
Sit on the toilet seat, never hover above the seat; Knees should be higher than hips (use a wide stool or a toilet roll under each foot); Lean forwards at your hips; and. Maintain the normal inward curve in your back.

Is rectocele repair major surgery?

Rectocele repair is a major surgery. A doctor will often suggest it only after other treatments have failed to correct your problem.

Can poop get stuck in a rectocele?

Symptomatic rectoceles can lead to excessive straining with bowel movements, the urge to have multiple bowel movements throughout the day, and rectal discomfort. Fecal incontinence or smearing may occur as small pieces of stool can be retained in a rectocele (stool trapping), only to later seep out of the anus.

What happens if a rectocele goes untreated?

If a rectocele is left untreated, the following complications may occur: Pressure or discomfort in the pelvic area. Constipation. Leakage of bowel movements (incontinence)

How long do you stay in hospital after rectocele surgery?

What happens after the procedure? You may stay in the hospital anywhere from 2 to 6 days. The catheter may remain in your bladder 2 to 6 days or until your bladder starts working normally again. You may be constipated during this time.

What kind of doctor fixes a rectocele?

A rectocele can also be repaired by a colorectal surgeon through a transanal repair. The rectocele is reached through the anus. This method is preferred by many colorectal surgeons because it allows for correction of problems in the anal or rectal area, in addition to repairing the rectocele.

What does a rectocele feel like to touch?

Sensation of rectal pressure or fullness. A feeling that the rectum has not completely emptied after a bowel movement. Sexual concerns, such as feeling embarrassed or sensing looseness in the tone of your vaginal tissue.