The Doctors: Can Your Rectum Fall Out
A viewer emailed The Doctors to ask if it is possible for your rectum to fall out of your body. Is this a myth or a reality?
To answer this question, The Doctors got advice from proctologist Dr. David Rosenfeld, who said this is a real possibility.
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He explained that it won’t fall out of your body, but will rather prolapse. There is a myth that anal intercourse can be a cause of this condition, but that is untrue.
Prolapsed Rectum Causes
Dr. Rosenfeld explained that this condition is most common among women ages 60 to 80, though it can happen to men as well. It is caused by pressure on the rectum over a long period of time. One reason it may be more common in women is due to the physical pressure involved in childbirth.
He used a sock to demonstrate how the rectum may begin to turn inside out. This happens because the rectum becomes less taut as we age. It can sometimes be pushed back in, but ultimately this condition will require surgery.
Rectum Prolapse Surgery
Laproscopic Abdominal Surgery can pull the Rectum back in place, securing it with tacks. About one foot of the colon would also be removed to avoid constipation.
Another approach can go in through the anus to remove an excess part of the rectum. Dr. Rosenfeld said this is a virtually painless surgery with a recovery time of about one day.
How To Avoid Prolapsed Rectum
Dr. Rosenfeld explained how you can avoid having this condition. Constipated people need to include more fiber and water in their diets. He compared the colon to a waterslide that helps the body eliminate waste.
If you sit on a dry waterslide, you are going to have trouble making it through to the bottom. The same is true for your colon, and if you aren’t drinking enough water, your fecal matter can’t easily navigate the colon. That is a disgusting but effective analogy.
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