Rectal prolapse is a condition in which part of the large intestine bulges out of the anus. Though often not a medical emergency, it’s very uncomfortable and often embarrassing to patients. There is no central cause of rectal prolapse.
In the early stages of the condition, the intestine will retreat back inside the body following a bowel movement. Over time, however, it will continue to protrude outside the body. Many patients eventually suffer from fecal incontinence.
Recal Prolapse is diagnosed through physical examination by your doctor. The examination can include testing of the anal sphincter tone, with the patient asked to squeeze and relax the sphincter muscle.
Surgical treatment of rectal prolapse can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life. Incisions are made either through the abdomen, or through the perineum. The latter is more common in patients with severe medical conditions, or elderly patients. An abdominal approach may offer the best chance for long-term successful repair of rectal prolapse.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
At the Palm Beach Digital Surgery Institute, we’re committed to empowering our patients, sharing options and information so you can make the decision that’s right for you and your family.
Dr. Eduardo Parra-Davila MD, FACS, FASCRS and his team begin by focusing on not just the patient, but their entire family: the support system and people committed to restoring the patient to a better quality of life.
Prior to joining Palm Beach Health Network Physician Group, Dr. Parra served as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery and the Director of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Orlando, FL. Previously, he also served as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at a Hospital in Boca Raton and as the Chief of General Surgery at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Parra-Davila has worked as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami.
“I get criticized sometimes because I give my cell number to the patients. And my take on it is, you can always be on the other side.”
Parra-Davila MD, FACS, FASCRS
Choosing the Right Hospital
Dr. Parra performs his surgeries at Good Samaritan Medical Center, located in West Palm Beach. “One of the reasons I came to Good Sam was for the robotic program,” explains Dr. Parra. “It’s a small community hospital with maybe one of the best technologies there is in surgery, and I like that combination.”
Good Samaritan Medical Center is part of the Palm Beach Health Network, which also includes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center.