What is Rectocele ?
A rectocele is a herniation (bulge) of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina. The tissue between the rectum and the vagina is known as the rectovaginal septum and this structure can become thin and weak over time, resulting in a rectocele. When rectoceles are small, most women have no symptoms.
What is the main cause for a Rectocele?
A rectocele usually happens with pregnancy and childbirth, but the risk also increases with age, and other factors can play a role. The underlying cause is a weakening of the pelvic support structures and of the rectovaginal septum, the layer of tissue that separates the vagina from the rectum.
How do you fix a Rectocele?
Treatment for Enteroceles or Rectoceles
You will have a repair surgery. A repair surgery will strengthen the wall of your vagina with sutures (stitches). An enterocele repair stops the small intestine from bulging into your vagina. A rectocele repair stops the rectum from bulging into the vagina.
What happens if Rectocele goes untreated?
If a rectocele is left untreated, the following complications may occur: Pressure or discomfort in the pelvic area. Constipation. Leakage of bowel movements