Repair of a rectocele is always done vaginally. This is a short outpatient procedure which takes generally a half an hour. Fecal incontinence is corrected surgically by performing an anal sphincteroplasty, which in many cases can significantly improve control. Note is made, however, that the longer one delays the repair of a torn anal sphincter, the lower the success rate with performing a surgical correction. Thus, the typical patient who sustains an anal sphincter injury at the time of vaginal delivery might be advised to consider repairing the torn sphincter after childbearing is over, but before advanced age, as muscle mass begins to atrophy in women over the age of 50, thus making repair of anal sphincter injuries more difficult.