Although most surgery to repair rectoceles are successful, damage to the bladder, rectum, and pelvic organs can occur. They may no longer function normally. There may be problems with urination, bowel movements, and intercourse.
Definition of Rectocele
A rectocele is formed when the tissue separating the rectum from the vagina weakens. Part of the rectum then bulges into the vagina.
The tissue and organs in the area are weakened by pregnancy, labour, vaginal delivery, previous pelvic surgery, and ageing.
Indications for Surgery
Surgical repair is usually done to treat low back pain and painful intercourse.
Urinary Problems After Surgery
If the surgery damages your bladder, you may retain urine or have other problems urinating.
Possible Bowel Problems
Damage to the bowel or rectum may result in difficulty with bowel movements, such as constipation.
You may experience post-surgical infection. Intercourse may be painful.
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