Rectocele Repair Complications

Risks and Complications

What complications can occur after rectocele repair?

Risks of surgical rectocele repair include the following:

. Bleeding.

. Infection.

. Urinary retention.

. Bladder injury.

. Bowel or rectal injury.

. Pain during sexual intercourse.

. Development of a fistula (an open channel) between the vagina and rectum.

. Recurrence of the rectocele.

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Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of posterior vaginal prolapse (rectocele) include:

. Genetics. Some women are born with weaker connective tissues in the pelvic area, making them naturally more likely to develop posterior vaginal prolapse.

. Childbirth. If you have vaginally delivered multiple children, you have a higher risk of developing posterior vaginal prolapse. If you’ve had tears in the tissue between the vaginal opening and anus (perineal tears) or incisions that extend the opening of the vagina (episiotomies) during childbirth, you may also be at higher risk.

. Aging. As you grow older, you naturally lose muscle mass, elasticity and nerve function, causing muscles to stretch or weaken.

. Obesity. Extra body weight places stress on pelvic floor tissues.


To reduce your risk of worsening posterior vaginal prolapse (rectocele), try to:

. Perform Kegel exercises regularly. These exercises can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles — especially important after you have a baby.

. Treat and prevent constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole-grain cereals.

. Avoid heavy lifting and lift correctly. When lifting, use your legs instead of your waist or back.

. Control coughing. Get treatment for a chronic cough or bronchitis, and don’t smoke.

. Avoid weight gain. Talk with your doctor to determine your ideal weight and get advice on weight-loss strategies, if you need them.

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2 Responses

  1. Hello, I’m sure what I’, experiencing is nothing but let’s say it is. I was wondering if you could tell me what are the signs to look for if my rectocele has gone bad? I had it a week ago and aM mother of five and I had me surgery in Belfast. Many thanks

    1. Hello to you too. This is Iranian Surgery and we are happy to help you. First of all, are you asking what are Rectocele Repair complications? Because you have just mentioned your rectocele has gone bad. This could mean that you are suffering from a rectocele or you have repaired it and going through some complications. If you are experiencing pain during sexual interaction, bleeding, developed a fistula, or the recurrence of the rectocele, this means your Rectocel Repaid has been compromised.
      On the other hand, a sense of bulging in the vagina and the need to manually reduce the bulge, having difficulty with bowel movements, and problems with sexual intercourse, can often mean that you are suffering because of your Rectocele. Either way, please check-up with your physician.

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