A New Option for Treating Patients with Rectocele/POP

Most patients with low-grade rectocele/POP experience symptoms only during bowel movements. Non-surgical therapies that require continuous wear, like pessaries, can be burdensome and excessive for these patients. Releve offers these patients a new first-line therapy option to eliminate the symptoms of obstructed defecation due to rectocele/POP. The significant benefit of Releve is its use only during bowel movements, eliminating the discomfort and inconvenience of wearing a device continuously for extended periods. After a bowel movement, the device is removed, cleaned, and stored for the next use.

See Releve in Use

Ultrasound imaging was used to demonstrate how temporary anatomical correction using Releve creates easier, more complete bowel movements with less straining. Prior to the ultrasound, a gel was inserted into the patient’s rectum to simulate stool. Patients were asked to empty the gel by pushing as they would during a bowel movement. Without Releve, the rectocele formation was clearly visible. The gel remained trapped during multiple attempts to evacuate. With Releve inserted and inflated, the rectocele is no longer visible, and the patient is able to pass the gel quickly and completely.

Simulated Evacuation Without Releve

Simulated Evacuation With Releve Inserted and Inflated

Benefits of Releve:

  • Reduced straining.
  • More complete bowel movements.
  • Less time spent on the commode.
  • Fewer trips to the bathroom.
  • Discreet, reusable with immediate results.

Discreet, Reusable with Immediate Results

Releve can be used as an initial management tool for obstructed defecation/voiding, or in combination with other therapies, including diet modification, biofeedback, or pelvic floor physical therapy. Releve includes single-use protective covers to prevent bacterial contamination during reuse.