Problems After Rectocele Repair Surgery

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

Other Problems

You may experience post-surgical infection. Intercourse may be painful.

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About the Author

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.