Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Rectal Prolapse of the Colon

Rectal prolapse occurs when the rectum falls from its normal position within the pelvis.  A prolapse can range from the entire rectum extending out of the anus, to a portion of the rectal lining protruding, or the rectum starts to drop but does not extend out of the anus.  Rectal prolapse is common in older adults with a history of chronic constipation, straining during bowel movements or has a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. The symptoms of rectal prolapse include the feeling of a bulge or the appearance of a reddish colored mass extending out of the rectum.  Fecal incontinence is another symptom and is characterized by leakage of stool, mucous, or blood from the rectum.  This occurs as a result of the rectum stretching the anal muscle.