Definition: Small bowel prolapse, also called enterocele (EN-tur-o-seel), occurs when the small intestine (small bowel) descends into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes at the top part of the vagina, creating a bulge. The word "prolapse" means to slip or fall out of place.
Symptoms: A pulling sensation in your pelvis that eases when you lie down, A feeling of pelvic fullness, pressure or pain, Low back pain that eases when you lie down, A soft bulge of tissue in your vagina, Vaginal discomfort and painful intercourse (dyspareunia).
Statistics: The majority of the procedures (91 percent) were performed by abdominal approach, and the most frequently used open technique was posterior rectopexy with mesh (78 percent). Of the incontinent patients, 35 (63 percent), all those less than 40 years of age and 64 percent of those 40 years or older, were continent postoperatively (P = 0.0001) after a median follow-up of five (range, 1-72) months. According to the questionnaire, after a median follow-up of 85 (range, 16-144) months, only 38 percent of the incontinent patients in the mesh or suture group, 78 percent of patients less than 40 years of age (n = 18), and 52 percent of those 40 years or older (n = 47) claimed to be continent postoperatively. The proportion of patients with constipation was greater after the operation than preoperatively (P = 0.02) and more patients used medication for constipation after than before the operation (P = 0.0001).