Posterior vaginal prolapse (rectocele) care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's posterior vaginal prolapse team includes specialists trained in female pelvic floor medicine (urogynecologists). Urogynecologists undergo three years of training in women's pelvic health and pelvic reconstructive surgery after completing four years of general obstetrics and gynecology training.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — care is discussed among the team, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and highly specialized pelvic floor disorder experts are all working together to determine what's best for you.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Posterior vaginal prolapse is often associated with other pelvic floor disorders. Mayo Clinic has advanced imaging to assist with diagnosis of complex pelvic floor conditions.

Nonsurgical treatment often involves intensive pelvic floor retraining exercises, biofeedback training and constipation education classes led by a dietitian and a nurse educator. Research indicates that about half of women who have only verbal instructions in Kegel exercises don't perform them effectively. At Mayo Clinic, physical therapists work with you to help you learn to perform Kegel exercises effectively.

If surgery is needed, Mayo Clinic specialists have experience with procedures to repair complex pelvic floor conditions.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for gynecology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate and treat more than 800 people with posterior vaginal prolapse each year. These specialists have extra training in pelvic floor disorders and expertise in treating this condition, including repairing treatments done elsewhere.
  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors work together closely to diagnose and solve your problems. It's not uncommon to have an evaluation one day and corrective surgery the next, if that's what you want. If other medical problems are identified in an evaluation, an appointment can be quickly arranged with another doctor who specializes in that condition.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors are continually studying how to improve the diagnosis and treatment of posterior vaginal prolapse. You benefit from treatment by Mayo Clinic's clinician-researchers.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for gynecology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's obstetrics and gynecology department's expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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March 08, 2018