Investigating Rectal Prolapse

It is important to make sure that it is the prolapse that is causing the bowel problem. Most women will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to ensure that it is otherwise healthy. If there is a history of constipation the surgeon may also recommend a transit study.

Sometimes it can be difficult for the surgeon to see the prolapse in the clinic and a videoproctogram or examination under anaesthetic may be helpful to confirm the diagnosis and assess the size of the prolapse.

Most women will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) and an endoanal ultrasound scan to look for any damage to the muscle.

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If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
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