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