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Managing a Rectocele without Surgery
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Are there ways to manage a rectocele without surgery?
Having a rectocele
doesn’t mean you will have symptoms that require surgery. There are lifestyle and dietary changes you can make, some exercises you can do, and a few medications/supplements that can help you manage your symptoms.
It’s important to stay on top of your rectocele so it does not worsen. Without some self-care, the prolapse can become severe enough that surgery will be necessary.
Below are several steps you can take to keep your early stage rectocele manageable without surgery. If you develop new symptoms or current symptoms worsen, be sure to talk to your doctor right away.
Conservative Treatment for Rectocele
It’s important to have regular bowel movements if you have a rectocele. You want to minimize straining and constipation. This can include eating well
, drinking plenty of water
, and adding fiber to your diet. Ideally, you want your stools to be soft so they pass easily without force.
AVOID PROLONGED TOILEt SITTING:
Sitting on the toilet too long can worsen symptoms. If you don’t feel the urge, don’t try to force it. Wait to sit down until you are more ready to have a bowel movement.
A vaginal pessary
can be worn in the vagina to support the vaginal walls and bulging muscles. Your doctor can help fit you with the one that is best for your situation.
will strengthen your pelvic muscles and can provide symptom relief. You can do them discreetly, several times a day.
Using biofeedback, you can learn to retrain and strengthen your pelvic floor. This can help decrease your rectocele symptoms.
AVOID HEAVY LIFTING AND COUGHING:
Both lifting and coughing can worsen pelvic organ prolapse
, so do your best to avoid both. See your doctor for a chronic cough and leave heavy lifting to others.
WATCH YOUR WEIGHT:
If you are carrying around some extra weight, now can be a good time to work to lose it
. Being overweight can contribute to prolapse and worsen symptoms, so every pound you lose works to your benefit.
can contribute to prolapse and cause coughing which also increases your risks and symptoms. If you are a smoker, ask your doctor to help you find a plan to stop now.
If your stool is hard, a stool softener can be helpful. Ask your doctor which one is best for you and how often you should use it. Do not use laxatives unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
HRT - HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY:
A lack of Estrogen
can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse. The pelvic floor relies on estrogen for strength and elasticity, so ask your doctor if HRT
is right for you.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-24-2016 - 04:16 PM
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