Rectal prolapse surgery

Rectal prolapse is a condition which causes rectal tissue to protrude through the anus. It is not known how common this problem is, as the symptoms are often thought to be caused by haemorrhoids, which means that the condition is not always correctly diagnosed and treated. Typical symptoms are rectal itching, burning and ulcers. The most important causes are considered to be constipation and/or long-term straining during defecation. 

Rectal prolapse does not heal by itself. There are no local medications that make the rectal tissue retract back inside the anus; the problem must be corrected surgically. Rectal prolapse is treated with an operation known as a rectopexy, which is performed as a keyhole procedure. During the procedure, the rectum is attached to the sacrum by stitches or a mesh. The procedure can strengthen the weakened rectum. The longer the patient has had the condition, the weaker the rectum will remain.

The mucous membrane is retracted by stitches. This also decreases the blood flow to the area, which makes the tissue shrink. The operation is performed as a day surgery procedure in Diacor’s hospital, and recovery is usually quick and relatively painless. 

Recovery from the procedure is quick. The surgical scars will not prevent you from living normally. This way, bowel function normalises quicker and the newly repaired rectum is not put under unnecessary pressure. We recommend that you start with light meals to help your bowels start functioning again as quickly as possible.


Airo Ilari

Gastroenterological Surgeon

Lic. Med., Specialist in Gastroenterology and Surgery. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, hernias, gall bladder, gastrointestinal surgeries, anal disorders, rubber band ligations (RBL)