RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Rectal prolapse surgery carries a risk of serious complications. Each technique for repairing rectal prolapse has its own risks. But in general, rectal prolapse surgery risks include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Damage to nearby structures, such as nerves and organs
- Fistula — an abnormal connection between two body parts
- Recurrence of rectal prolapse
- Worsened constipation
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