Enterocele (Small intestine prolapse)
Entrocele (the prolapse of the small intestine) usually occurs due to childbirth, labor complications, previous surgeries, or extreme physical exertion. However, in rare cases the condition is present at birth. In the vast majority of cases, the pelvic floor connective tissues, ligaments, and muscles have lost the required elasticity to support the small intestine. This support failure results in a prolapse (literally slippage or falling out of place) of the small intestine.
Women suffering from enterocele usually feel one or more of the following symptoms:
- A soft knot, lump, or bulge in vagina
- Uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse
- Sensations of pelvic pulling or lower back pain that eases only when lying down
- Feelings of fullness or excessive weight in the pelvic area
Notably, the prolapse of related pelvic organs can occur simultaneously be present during entrocele. Las Palmas OB/GYN’s perform extensive test to verify the extent of enterocele and associated prolapses.
What to Expect during Treatment
The first thing to expect is a thorough diagnosis of your condition. Your OB/GYN can usually confirm enterocele with the patient standing or lying down. As the patient bears down using the valsalva maneuver, the extent of the condition is verified.
At Las Palmas, we understand that the proper diagnosis of enterocele and its cause is essential to using a treatment that will prove successful. Every patient’s body is different, therefore, we recommend treatment that will suit your lifestyle’s needs and desires.
Treatments for enterocele include self-care & lifestyle changes (Kegel exercises, dietary changes, weight loss), minimally invasive surgeries, and specialty therapeutic procedures.
All of Las Palmas patients are scheduled for follow-ups in an effort to verify proper recovery or that the recommended treatment is on-schedule. We take seriously our responsibility to each patient and desire to make every patient as comfortable as possible.