Rectal prolapse is when the rectal walls have prolapsed to a degree where they protrude out the anus and are visible outside the body. Rectal prolapse may occur without any symptoms, but depending upon the nature of the prolapse there may be mucous discharge mucus coming from the anus , rectal bleeding , degrees of fecal incontinence and obstructed defecation symptoms. Rectal prolapse is generally more common in elderly women, although it may occur at any age and in either sex. It is very rarely life-threatening, but the symptoms can be debilitating if left untreated.
You had asked what might cause this -- possibilities include an anal gland abscess , other infection or possibly a tumor. Unfortunately, without a physical exam, a diagnosis cannot be made. Your veterinarian should be able to diagnose the cause after the exam tomorrow. Until then, place an e-collar cone on your dog to prevent licking or chewing. Any treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
Gastric bypass surgery is one of the bariatric surgery methods that can be utilized. Other bariatric procedures include: Gastric balloon placement, adjustable gastric banding Lap-Band , vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch. Gastric bypass surgery encourages weight loss by taking away the majority of the stomach, leaving a small pouch behind, and connecting it to the lower part of the intestines.
Last Updated: March 29, References. This article was medically reviewed by Janice Litza, MD. Litza is a board certified Family Medicine Physician in Wisconsin. There are 15 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 9, times.