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Rectal Prolapse

What is rectal prolapse? 


Rectal prolapse is also known as partial prolapse or mucosal prolapse. 

The rectum is the lower portion of the large intestine that meets up with the anus. When the rectum slips through the anus and it is exposed, this is known as rectal prolapse. 

What causes rectal prolapse?  


A number of factors can cause rectal prolapse. These include chronic constipation or diarrhea, old age, straining during bowel movement, nerve damage, weakened muscles and other diseases such as cystic fibrosis. 

What are the symptoms of rectal prolapse?  


A bulging sensation, pain, bleeding, incontinence and a worsening prolapse are all potential symptoms. 

What are rectal prolapse care options? 


In many cases, rectal prolapse can be treated by:  

  • Avoiding straining while stooling 
  • Avoiding prolonged sitting on the toilet 
  • Avoiding constipation through the use of laxative and stool softening medications 
  • Pushing the rectum back into place by hand 

After evaluation, there are situations where surgery to repair the rectal prolapse will be necessary. 

Your care team at the Comprehensive Colorectal Center


Children with this condition can be treated at the Comprehensive Colorectal Center. Your care team will work with you to develop the right treatment plan for your child.

Children's Mercy is an American College of Surgeons Verified Center

Some children can be treated through surgery. This is usually a same day surgery case and your child will be able to go home the day or surgery. We specialize in minimally invasive surgical approach to this surgical problem.  Children's Mercy provides the highest level of surgical care and is a verified Children's Surgery Center.