Rectocele or posterior vaginal wall prolapse
Rectocele is a common condition that affects many women. It occurs when the posterior vaginal wall becomes weakened and the rectum bulges into the vagina. This can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty with bowel motion. Below, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Rectocele.
What is Rectocele?
Rectocele is a condition that occurs when the posterior vaginal wall becomes weakened and bulges into the rectum. This is a form of hernia. The weakened vaginal wall can occur due to a variety of reasons, including childbirth, ageing, chronic constipation, obesity, and previous pelvic surgery. When the weakened wall bulges into the vagina.
Symptoms of Rectocele:
The symptoms of Rectocele can vary from woman to woman. Some women may experience no symptoms at all, while others may experience pelvic pressure or discomfort, difficulty passing stool, or a bulge in the vagina. Women with Rectocele may also experience difficulty with intercourse, and urinary or bowel incontinence may also occur.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options:
If Rectocele is mild, non-surgical treatment options may be recommended. Pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduce symptoms. Women may also be advised to make dietary changes, such as increasing fiber intake, to help with bowel movements. Bowel management techniques, such as scheduling regular bowel movements, can also be helpful in managing symptoms. In some cases, rectal water irrigation can also be of benefit.
Surgical Treatment Options:
If non-surgical treatment options are not effective, surgical treatment may be recommended. The most common surgical procedure for Rectocele is posterior vaginal wall repair. This surgery involves tightening the weakened vaginal wall and repositioning it to its original location. Another surgical option is sacrocolpopexy in women with previous hysterectomy, which involves using abdominal mesh to support the weakened vaginal wall from inside.
After surgery, women can expect to have some discomfort and may need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Follow-up care is important to monitor for any potential complications or recurrent prolapse. Women should follow their surgeon’s instructions regarding post-operative care and should discuss any concerns they have with their healthcare provider. Specialist pelvic physio is also an important part of post-op recovery.
Women should discuss treatment options with their healthcare provider and follow their instructions for post-operative care. With proper care and treatment, women with Rectocele can achieve relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
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