Rectocele Repair Specialist
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD performs rectocele repairs for patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas. These procedures can help patients that suffer from rectoceles, which is a common form of Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Rectocele Repair Q & A
What is a rectocele repair?
A rectocele repair, also known as a posterior repair, posterior vaginoplasty or posterior colporrhaphy, is a surgical procedure to repair and reinforce the supportive tissue between the rectum and vagina.
Dr. Stone performs this repair vaginally under general anesthesia. He makes an incision along the vaginal wall and the vaginal skin is carefully dissected from the underlying supportive tissue. He then uses absorbable suture to strengthen the tissue. The excess vaginal tissue is then trimmed and the skin is closed with suture.
What condition does a rectocele repair treat?
A rectocele repair is used, often in conjunction with other procedures, to fix a rectocele. Symptoms of a rectocele often include bulge, pressure, a sensation of something coming out of the vagina, and difficulty emptying bowel.
What are the success rates of a rectocele repair?
The success rate of a rectocele repair alone is 80%. However, there is often a loss of support from the top of the vagina which needs to be addressed at the same time. If this apical support is addressed at the same time, the success rate becomes much higher, around 90%.
Is mesh used in a rectocele repair?
Dr. Stone does not use any mesh with a rectocele repair. He uses the patient’s own tissue.
What are the risks associated with a rectocele repair?
Risks include the following:
- Pain, swelling, numbness near incision sites
- Damage to nearby organs such as bowel, and rectum
- Blood clots and problems related to anesthesia
Are there alternatives to a rectocele repair?
What is the recovery like?
Dr. Stone recommends 6 weeks of no heavy lifting (no more than 15 lbs) and 6 weeks of pelvic rest after a rectocele repair.
Are there any other surgeries that are commonly performed with a rectocele repair?
Dr. Stone will discuss with you any other surgeries that would be performed at the same time as a rectocele repair. Other commonly performed surgeries include:
- Hysterectomy (Removal of cervix and uterus)
- Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of tubes and ovaries)
- Bilateral Salpingectomy (removal of tubes)
- Prolapse repair surgeries
- Anti-incontinence surgeries
- Cystoscopy (a camera used to look inside the bladder)
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM
Main: (602) 788-1521
Fax: (602) 688-5420
Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.