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Laparoscopic indirect ventral rectopexy with sigmoidectomy for rectal prolapse in a young female patient

J Leroy, MD, FRCS J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2009;09(05). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2619

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The aim of surgical treatment of rectal prolapse is to anatomically restore prolapse and functionally remedy fecal incontinence and disorder of rectal emptying. There is not yet sufficient evidence-based knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of various surgical methods. In practice, trans-abdominal surgery is recommended for patients in good conditions and perineal surgery for elderly and frail patients suffering from associated diseases. The progress of laparoscopic surgery has, however, made the trans-abdominal operation possible also for those in increasingly poor condition. With this procedure a significant improvement of defecation disorder is achieved in over 80% of patients. This video demonstrates the laparoscopic management of a rectal prolapse associated with constipation and a posterior enterocele.