Is rectal prolapse surgery the same as rectocele surgery? My doctor wants to perform the STARR procedure on me, but I haven't found anyone who had success with it. I have an appt. with the surgeon tomorrow and hopefully I'll have some answers!
Mommyphotographer,The colectomy surgery wasn't successful? You still have trouble going? That has to be so discouraging. What does your Dr. say? Do you have a rectocele? Are you able to go at all without taking laxatives or enemas?
I also get stabbing pains in the rectum but i dont have a rectal prolapse - i did have what was called mucosal prolapse which is very hard to diagnose (well in my case anyway).
Before diagnosis i had a pelvic floor repair(rectocele and cystocele - which is what they call it - this is when the walls of the vagina have become weak and allow the rectum and bladder respectively to bulge into the vaginal walls). A rectocele can cause problems with rectal function etc. but lots of women have them and no obvious bowel probs. The usual symptom is the feeling of obstruction as in my case.
Janie - the STARR op didnt help me as the diagnosis wansnt complete. The STARR got rid of the excess rectal tissue inside the rectum, but again, i still had issues with obstruction as they failed to diagnose a small piece of twisted sigmoid, plus slow transit constipation until after the STARR !!! In fact the volvulus wasnt confirmed until 2007. (after me screaming for more tests via another consultant). Resection caused colonic inertia.
Therefore i have concluded that there are more often than not many issues going on surrounding bowel problems, that is why we must get these doctors to look into every possible GI function.(wish i had done so looong ago - we are so vulnerable) it is no good fixing one problem if something else has been overlooked, as the result will be that we dont get better!.