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Rectal prolapse

  • Treatment

    Call your health care provider if a rectal prolapse occurs. In some cases, the prolapse can be treated at home.

    The rectal mucosa must be returned to the rectum manually. A soft, warm, wet cloth is used to apply gentle pressure to the mass to push it back through the anal opening. The affected person should be in a knee-chest position before applying pressure to allow gravity to help return the prolapse.

    Immediate surgery for repair is seldom needed. The underlying condition must be treated.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Treating the underlying condition usually cures the problem. In otherwise healthy elderly patients who have repeated rectal prolapse, surgery can repair physical problems that make prolapse more likely to occur.

    • Constipation
    • Other complications of the condition that caused the prolapse

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider promptly if there is a rectal prolapse.