Rectal prolapse surgery carries serious risks. Risks vary, depending on surgical technique. But in general, rectal prolapse surgery risks include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Damage to nearby structures, such as nerves and organs
- Narrowing (stricture) of the anal opening
- 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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