Shriners Children's provides specialized care for children with rectal prolapse.The goal of our colorectal and gastrointestinal specialty care is to provide children with anal-rectal disorders advanced care and rehabilitation that frees them from social stigma and allows them to live and play like other children.
What is Rectal Prolapse?
The rectum is attached to the pelvis with ligaments and muscles. Rectal prolapse occurs when the lining of a child's rectum comes outside of the anus and hangs out of the body. Other bowel problems including chronic constipation, diarrhea or straining while going to the bathroom usually contribute to this condition. Underlying conditions such as Hirschsprung's disease can also lead to rectal prolapse.
What Are the Symptoms of Rectal Prolapse?
- Part or all of the rectum's lining has come out of your child's anus
- Leakage of stool from the anus
- Feeling of fullness or of not being able to completely empty the bowels
- Anal itching or irritation
How Do We Care for Children with Rectal Prolapse?
Shriners Children's can provide treatment to children with rectal prolapse, generally, starting with outpatient bowel management where specialists put together an individualized plan for care of your child's condition.
We can also investigate if prolapse was caused by another condition and then provide treatment for that condition as well. Surgical intervention is considered once all other options are explored, and is rarely needed for this condition.
We provide follow-up care to monitor your child’s health, prevent problems, manage symptoms and give your child the best quality of life.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
Understanding Your Child's Colorectal and Gastrointestinal (GI) Appointment(s)
On the first visit, parents and children typically come for a group or individual overview and educational presentation about bowel management. Our doctors and nurses explain the medicines, enemas and diets we use as treatment options. Each family will visit with a provider to make a plan for their child.
If referred to one of our locations for a more complex condition or surgery, you and your child will go directly to the one-on-one visit with one of our providers to build a customized plan of care.
Sometimes, when deemed appropriate, your child may have a bowel X-ray. This helps us with diagnoses and check whether your child’s plan is progressing as expected. A nurse will talk with you either in person or by phone to discuss your child’s results.
Our goal is for your child to empty their bowel daily with no accidents and to live with as few limitations as possible. Success depends on your child’s condition and following your plan closely.
How We Support Your Child’s Total Health and Well-Being
Families and patients say that Shriners Children’s feels like home to them, and it's no wonder to us. We know that a child's needs go beyond the physical. Our care teams support their social, emotional and developmental health with patient programs and activities.
A few examples include:
The doctors are authentic. Dr. Hirose has excellent bedside manner and is very patient. He’s also great with Jordyn. He treats her like she’s one of his own kids