Enterocele (Small Bowel Prolapse)

Womens_Health

An enterocele occurs when the tissues and muscles that hold the small bowel in place are stretched or weakened. It may develop if the muscles in a woman's vaginal canal become damaged by pregnancy, labor, childbirth, or a previous pelvic surgery or are weakened by aging. In rare cases, it can be present at birth (congenital).

An enterocele may become large or more obvious when a woman strains or bears down (for example, during a bowel movement). It may cause a heavy feeling in the vagina, constipation, or incomplete emptying of the bowel. Some women experience a pulling or aching feeling in the low back or pelvis that may be more noticeable after standing for a long time.

Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, called Kegel exercises, may help relieve some symptoms of enterocele. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Timothy J. Billharz, MD, FACOG

Timothy J. Billharz

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tracia L. West, MD

Tracia L. West

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anna M. Gorman, DO

Anna M. Gorman

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Suzanne M. Eggers, MD, FACOG

Suzanne M. Eggers

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lauryn T. Newhart, DO

Lauryn T. Newhart

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Locations

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology
2529 Glenn Hendren Drive
Suite 200
Liberty, MO 64068
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816-781-7820