Rectocele Repair in North Jersey
What is Rectocele Repair?
A rectocele repair is typically done to correct bulging of the bottom wall of the vagina. Repair surgery can make the wall of your vagina stronger using stitches to help stop your small intestine or rectum from bulging into your vagina. Rectocele occurs as a result of thinning and weakening of the band of tissue that separates the vagina from the rectum.
Dr. Ali Ghomi is a board-certified urogynecologist providing expert surgical treatment for vaginal prolapse in women located in and around Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City, and Hackensack. To schedule your consultation for a rectocele repair at our urogynecology office in North Jersey, please call (862) 657-3150 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
Who is a Good Candidate for Rectocele Repair?
These factors can damage the tissue that supports the rectum and vagina and increase your risk of rectocele. You may be a good candidate if you:
- Had a vaginal childbirth, especially with large or heavy babies
- Suffer from chronic constipation
- Regularly practice heavy lifting
- Are noticing issues as you age
What Treatments are there for a Rectocele Repair?
Both non-surgical and surgical options are used to treat a rectocele. You should have a thorough physical exam and talk with Dr. Ali Ghomi before deciding on the best treatment.
GET HELP WITH BOWEL MOVEMENTS
- Avoid constipation by following a high-fiber diet (more than 25 grams per day)
- Drink six to eight 10-ounce glasses of water per day to help keep you regular
- Avoid straining during bowel movements
- Avoid long periods of sitting on the toilet
- Use stool softeners
TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY
Follow exercises designed to strengthen and retrain the muscles of the pelvic floor
GET A PESSARY DEVICE IMPLANTED
You can be fitted with a pessary, a device placed into the vagina to reduce the bulge
GET A TRANSVAGINAL RECTOCELE REPAIR OR POSTERIOR REPAIR
If non-surgical methods do not help control rectocele symptoms, surgery may be needed. Surgery is done under general anesthesia and usually takes about one hour. In the surgery, the rectocele is reached through the vagina and the rectal area is not disturbed. This is the traditional approached used by urologists and gynecologists.
You may also be a candidate for a transanal repair, meaning the rectocele is reached through the anus by a colorectal surgeon. This would allow Dr. Ali Ghomi to correct problems with the anal or rectal area at the time of surgery.
After the Repair
The success for surgical procedures to correct the bulge is over 80-90 percent depending on the technique used. Symptoms improve or resolve between 60-80 percent of the time.
Light vaginal bleeding can occur as the incision heals and you may have some discomfort with bowel movements. Most patients go home the day after surgery.
Experts You Can Trust
Undergoing a rectocele repair is a serious surgery. It can greatly improve your quality of life, but it is important to seek out a qualified surgeon or specialist. We are happy to talk with you about your options for surgery as we work together to get you the relief you need.
Schedule a Consultation for a Rectocele Repair in North Jersey
If you are experiencing symptoms of vaginal prolapse contact Dr. Ali Ghomi to visit his urogynecology office in North Jersey. Dr. Ghomi will take the time to fully address your concerns and determine if a rectocele repair is right for you. To schedule your vaginal prolapse testing and treatment, please call (862) 657-3150 or request an appointment online.