Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rectal Prolapse Treatment

Treatment for rectal prolapse depends on the severity of the symptoms. Treatment may include pushing the prolapsed tissue back into the rectum, stool softeners, and a high fiber diet. Some conditions must be corrected surgically.

Specific treatment for rectal prolapse may include:

  • Patient education for rectal prolapse:
    • To learn how to push the prolapsed tissue back into the rectum
  • Stool softeners
  • High fiber diet
  • Surgery for rectal prolapse:
    • To strengthen the tissue that supports the rectal wall

Rectal Prolapse Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rectal prolapse:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Rectal Prolapse References
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