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Rectal prolapse


My 88 year old mother has had a rectal prolapse for 4 years. She he's seen both private and NHS surgeons who say that due to having heart failure they cannot perform surgery. The prolapse over the years has become a lot worse. She now has at least 9" of bowel permanently protruding from her anus, and it is getting bigger. The result is that It has made her incontinent, she can't walk or sit without being in terrible discomfort. She has gone from being an active and social lady, to being a frail recluse. I don't know if there is anything that can be done to alleviate her discomfort, or if there are any support networks that she could join. I'd be interested to hear if anybody else has this chronic condition and any advice that you can share.

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Hi Val I am a 76 year old that has suffered with a bowel prolapse which was teated after a long time suffering discomfort like your mum - I had a delorme procedure three months ago (this doesn't involve surgery) and although it has now recurred it might be worthwhile looking at the procedure on line as I know this can be done with a local anaesethic which just might be an option here. Although mine has come back, the size of the prolapse is very much smaller - still uncomfortable but not so bad as it was. I feel for your mum - it's a prolapse that doesn't seem to be talked about too much and because of the incontinence that comes with it causes so much embaressment - good luck to your mum -

in reply to cassy66

Thanks for your reply. Mum had that procedure a couple of years ago, and like you it came back with a vengeance after a couple of months. They then suggested surgery, but following pre operative checks found she had heart failure so then refused to do surgery as too risky. She has now been discharged from the hospital with no follow up Care or support.the prolapse is now a good 9" long, wags like a tail, and is so uncomfortable and delibitating.

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