Risks

Rectal prolapse surgery carries serious risks. Risks vary, depending on surgical technique. But in general, rectal prolapse surgery risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Damage to nearby structures, such as nerves and organs
  • Narrowing (stricture) of the anal opening
  • Infection
  • Fistula — an abnormal connection between two body parts, such as the rectum and vagina
  • Recurrence of rectal prolapse
  • Development of new or worsened constipation
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References
  1. Rectal prolapse. American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/rectal-prolapse. Accessed March 15, 2016.
  2. Varma MG, et al. Surgical approach to rectal procidentia (rectal prolapse). http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 15, 2016.
  3. Chua HK (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aug. 9, 2013.