The severity of your rectocele will determine your individualized treatment options. Kegel exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles can naturally repair a mild rectocele. Moderate rectoceles may require a non-surgical pessary, a supportive device inserted into the vagina to support the tissues separating the rectum and the vaginal wall. Severe rectoceles should be treated with surgical repair performed under general anesthesia. The two most common types of surgical rectocele repair involve:
- a transvaginal rectocele repair, where the rectocele is reached through the vagina. It offers the chance to correct the rectocele, thinned perineum, and widened vaginal opening. In addition, it has the advantage of not disturbing rectal tissues.
- a transanal rectocele repair, where the rectocele is reached through the anus. This option allows for the correction of problems in the anal or rectal area and repairing the rectocele.
If you believe you may have a rectocele and would like to seek treatment at the Coyle Institute, schedule an appointment today by calling 850-637-8258.