Investigation for a Rectocele

It is important to make sure that it is the rectocele 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.

The most useful test for the rectocele itself is a videoproctogram . This should confirm that there is a bulge and that it is causing trapping. It is also useful to ensure that there are not any other areas of prolapse such as an internal prolapse (intussusception) or an enterocele which would require treatment at the same time.

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.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email enquiries@birminghambowelclinic.co.uk
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