Rectocele

A rectocele is a bulge or ‘dropping’ of the rectum towards the vagina. It occurs when the tissue between the rectum and the vagina has been weakened, usually as a result of childbirth or increasing age (menopause).

Many women often experience no symptoms, however in some the prolapse may be visible at the opening of the vagina and result in backache, bowel symptoms or difficulties with intercourse.

For small rectoceles treatment involves physiotherapy and pelvic floor exercises. However when the prolapse is visible a surgical repair (posterior colporrhaphy) are options to support the prolapse.

An posterior colporrhaphy involves strengthening the tissue between the vagina and rectum, involving a 2-3 day hospital stay.

Click here for post-operative information on prolapse repair.

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