In its early stages, rectal prolapse may be treated with stool softeners, suppositories and other medications. But most people need surgery to repair rectal prolapse.
At Mayo, colorectal surgeons work with other specialists as needed to treat any other pelvic organ prolapse you have. In most cases only one surgery is needed.
The type of surgery you have depends on the extent of the rectal prolapse. Mayo surgeons use these procedures:
In children, rectal prolapse can usually be managed with stool softeners or other medication. If surgery is needed, Mayo Clinic surgeons have special experience in minimally invasive techniques.
Children with rectal prolapse should be screened for cystic fibrosis, since rectal prolapse can be a sign of that disease.
Mayo offers intensive outpatient biofeedback therapy. Specially trained physiotherapists teach simple exercises that can increase anal muscle strength. People learn how to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, sense when stool is ready to be evacuated and contract the muscles if evacuation is inconvenient. Biofeedback therapy doesn't eliminate the need for surgery, but it can make surgery more successful by helping to prevent rectal prolapse recurrence.
Insurers vary in their coverage of biofeedback therapy. Check your coverage before scheduling treatment.