A rectocele occurs when the rectum prolapses ( falls ) from it's normal position, into the vagina. Small rectoceles are common, don't cause many symptoms, and rarely need treatment other than pelvic exercises. Larger rectoceles may cause pressure, heaviness, or difficulty evacuating stool. Treatments from our OB/GYN doctors in Chattanooga, TN, include physical therapy, pessaries or surgery.
Pessaries are plastic rings of various sizes and shapes that are placed in the vagina to support the rectum or bladder. A pessary can be used all the time, but many women use them just during times of lifting or exercise.
Less severe rectoceles can be repaired through the vagina by suturing the fibrous tissue between the rectum and vagina for support. Larger rectoceles may require more extensive pelvic surgery.
Physical therapist are on site at some of our Chattanooga OB/GYN locations.