Episode 7 - Liverpool
Weak Pelvic Floor
First into the pod this week is 45 year old Christine, who’s unable to pass faeces. For 10 years she’s had this problem, so Dr Christian examines her rectum and vagina. He can feel that the muscles down below have been weakened. This can often be caused by the stresses and strains placed on the female body during pregnancy and childbirth. One thing’s for sure – Christine’s issue needs further investigation.
Colorectal surgeon Mr Mohammed Saeed performs a full examination and identifies weaknesses in the muscles around Christine’s back passage, which may have resulted in a rectocele. This means a weakness in the pelvic muscles has allowed part of Christine’s rectum to push through into her vagina. This would explain the problems she’s been having going to the loo, and the good news for Christine is that it can be fixed. Following a bowel movement examination, which includes x-rays to monitor bowel function, Christine opts to press ahead with corrective surgery.
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