Recovery

Rectal prolapse and perineal repair

You are transferred to a ward after your surgery. A nurse or nursing assistant checks your blood pressure regularly.

You are given pain medicine to control any pain or discomfort. You are also given laxatives to make sure you can go to the toilet comfortably.

You can eat and drink as soon as you feel able to.

You will have compression stockings on your legs to prevent blood clots, and will be encouraged to move around as soon as possible.

Leaving hospital

You need to arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital when you have recovered from your surgery.

You can go leave hospital after you have passed wind and you have had a poo. Depending on your recovery, this might take a couple of days.

Eating foods rich in fibre, plenty of fluids and moving around, will all help you towards your recovery.
 
Your stitches are internal and will dissolve over time.

Recovery at home

You might need to keep taking your pain medicines and laxatives when you go home.

Recovery will be different for everyone, and can take 4 to 6 weeks.

You can do your usual activities as soon as you feel able to. However, you should avoid straining, lifting and strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

You might have discharge or bleeding for up to 6 weeks after your operation, this is normal.

Do not take any rectal medicine or enemas for at least 2 months after your surgery, unless you've discussed this with your surgeon.

Contact a GP or go to your nearest emergency department (A&E) if:

  • you have tummy (abdominal) pain
  • the discharge becomes foul smelling
  • you have a high temperature (fever)

Follow-up appointment

You will have a follow-up appointment about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.

If you have not been given an appointment, call the GI surgery helpline on 020 7188 8875 or email [email protected]

Resource number: 4340/VER3
Last reviewed: April 2022
Next review due: October 2023

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our pelvic floor unit.

Phone: 020 7188 4191 and ask to speak to a clinical nurse specialist.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Email: [email protected]

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