I wanted to share my experience with anyone who may have a situation similar to mine, since I found nothing on Dr. Riachi's website from other women specifically regarding rectoceles, or back wall vaginal prolapse.
I have had a small rectocele for five years, but last spring I began having severe trouble moving my bowels. No matter how careful I was with my diet, fluid intake, and daily stool softeners, I always had painful, severe straining. I went to a colorectal surgeon who told me it was due to my rectocele. I then went to see a well-respected uro-gynecologist, but he said that he believed my rectocele was too small to be causing my problem, and that I most likely had a disorder of my anal sphincter muscle due to years of fissure pain. I went back to my colorectal doctor, and she explained that the size of a rectocele does not correlate with the level of difficulty it causes regarding a woman's ability to go to the bathroom. She also said that my sphincter muscle was normal, and recommended that I get a second opinion from Dr. Riachi, whom she trusted.
Upon examining me Dr. Riachi said that there was a good chance that surgery could improve my situation but not totally correct it, so I went for it. He was right. While I still have to be careful with my diet and fluid intake, as long as I do that, I no longer have that terrible experience that something is blocking my ability to move my bowels. Furthermore, I found the recovery from the surgery to be a breeze.
I have tried not to be too graphic, but I hope that my story helps any woman who may find herself in a similar situation. Please don't let fear prevent you from seeking the help that is out there. Because the first doctor I saw had such a great reputation, I was tempted to believe his opinion that my rectocele was not what was causing my problem. I am so glad that I decided instead to put my trust in Dr. Riachi.