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Rectal prolapse surgery

Private surgery to treat rectal prolapse, delivered by experts

Nurse checking up on a patient after her rectal prolapse surgery
Rectal prolapse surgery is a procedure used to treat rectal prolapse, a condition where the rectum falls out of place and protrudes through the anus. This can cause discomfort, difficulty with bowel movements, and embarrassment. It mainly affects women and is more common after childbirth and in the elderly. It can also happen to men but occurs less frequently.

Private rectal prolapse surgery at Circle Health Group aims to improve your quality of life by correcting your prolapse and removing your difficult symptoms. Rectal prolapse repair should put the prolapsed tissue back in place and strengthen and repair the surrounding tissues in order to keep it in place. The specifics of the surgery will depend on the type of prolapse you have and on your personal circumstances.

If you're experiencing symptoms of rectal prolapse, our team is here to help. We have a network of talented consultant general surgeons and consultant colorectal surgeons who can help you to find the best treatment for your rectal prolapse. Call or book online today and you could have your initial consultation within 48 hours.

Rectal prolapse can be distressing and uncomfortable, and you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some common symptoms of rectal prolapse include:

  • Feeling a bulge or lump in the anus
  • Incontinence or leaking faeces or mucus
  • Difficulty passing stool or a feeling of incomplete bowel movements
  • Pain or discomfort during bowel movements
  • Painful intercourse or sexual dysfunction

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to seek help. A specialist consultant can provide a proper diagnosis and determine if rectal prolapse surgery is right for you. Don't suffer in silence. Get in touch with Circle Health Group today to see how we can help you.

What causes rectal prolapse?

Rectal prolapse can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Childbirth
  • Weakness or damage to pelvic floor muscles
  • Previous surgery in the pelvic area
  • Ageing and age-related tissue changes
  • Nerve or muscle damage from childbirth or other trauma

Surgery won't be necessary for everyone with rectal prolapse. However, it is the only option to correct the problem. Other treatments include diet modification or stool softeners to avoid constipation, physiotherapy to increase pelvic floor and anal muscle strength, or medications to ease the symptoms. But these do not reverse the problem.

In order to correct rectal prolapse, you will need surgery. This is the only way to put the prolapsed section of your rectum back into place and strengthen your anus in order to keep it there.

At Circle Health Group, we understand that the decision to undergo rectal prolapse surgery can be daunting. Our team will be there for you through every step of the process, starting with your initial consultation.

During your first visit, we will work with you to make a diagnosis. We will ask you lots of questions about your medical history, your symptoms and any treatment you have had so far. You will probably have a short physical examination, and we might arrange for tests or scans to determine the extent of your prolapse. Every patient is unique, and your consultant will take the time to understand your specific needs and concerns. By providing us with as much information as possible, we can make a comprehensive assessment of your condition and develop a tailored treatment plan that is right for you.

If rectal prolapse surgery is recommended, your consultant will explain the procedure in detail, including the benefits and potential risks. Once you are happy with the treatment plan, we will get you booked in for surgery without delay.

Surgery cost for the repair of a prolapsed rectum

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £5,350 Included £5,350
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £5,550

The duration of your rectal prolapse surgery depends on the extent of the rectal prolapse and the type of surgery being performed. In general, rectal prolapse surgery takes between one and three hours.

Rectal prolapse surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic. This means that you will be unconscious throughout the procedure.

The type of surgery you have will depend on factors such as the size of your prolapse, your age and overall health, as well as your surgeon’s preferences. There are a number of very successful approaches to this surgery.

There are two main approaches to rectal prolapse surgery: through the abdomen (called rectopexy) or through your perineum (the region between your anus and genitals). Rectopexy can be done either as open surgery or using laparoscopy (keyhole surgery).

Whatever the details of your surgery, the procedure aims to return the prolapsed part of the rectum to its normal position inside the body. They will reposition the prolapse and then strengthen the muscles and tissues that support the rectum to prevent it from prolapsing in the future.

Recovering from rectal prolapse surgery

After rectal prolapse surgery, you will need to spend some time in hospital to recover. This could be anything from 24 hours to a week or more, depending on your health and the specifics of your procedure. You may experience some pain or discomfort during this time, but we will provide pain relief medication to manage this. It's important to follow the post-operative instructions given to you by your surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.

Most patients can return to their normal activities within six weeks of surgery, but it can take several months for the body to fully heal.

If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect during rectal prolapse surgery, our team at Circle Health Group is here to help. We are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the highest quality care before, during, and after your procedure.

As with any operation, there are certain risks and potential complications associated with rectal prolapse surgery. These can include bleeding, infection, and a negative reaction to anaesthesia. In rare cases, there may be damage to surrounding organs or structures, or a need for further surgery.

Your consultant will be able to provide you with more detailed information based on your individual circumstances, as well as any potential benefits of the procedure. They will also explain what steps you can take to minimise your risk of complications, and how to prepare for surgery and what to expect during the recovery period.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and consultant suit your needs
  • Personalised, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard and delicious healthy meals
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about treatment for rectal prolapse, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.

Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in March 2023. Next review due March 2026.

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