Skip Navigation LinksHome > April 2006 - Volume 49 - Issue 4 > Management of Recurrent Rectal Prolapse: Surgical Approach I...
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum:
doi: 10.1007/s10350-005-0315-2
Management of Recurrent Rectal Prolapse: Surgical Approach Influences Outcome: PDF Only

Management of Recurrent Rectal Prolapse: Surgical Approach Influences Outcome.

Steele, Scott R. M.D.; Goetz, Laura H. M.D.; Minami, Shigeki M.D.; Madoff, Robert D. M.D.; Mellgren, Anders F. M.D.; Parker, Susan C. M.D.

Collapse Box

Abstract

Introduction: Recurrent rectal prolapse is an unresolved problem and the optimal treatment is debated. This study was designed to review patterns of care and outcomes in a large cohort of patients after surgery for recurrent prolapse.

Methods: From 685 patients who underwent operative repair for full-thickness external rectal prolapse, we identified 78 patients (70 females; mean age, 66.9 years) who underwent surgery for recurrence. We reviewed the subsequent management and outcomes for these 78 patients.

Results: Mean interval to their first recurrence was 33 (range, 1-168) months. There were significantly more re-recurrences after reoperation using a perineal procedure (19/51) compared with an abdominal procedure (4/27) for their recurrent rectal prolapse (P = 0.03) at a mean follow-up of nine (range, 1-82) months. Patients undergoing abdominal repair of recurrence were significantly younger than those who underwent perineal repair (mean age, 58.5 vs. 71.5 years; P < 0.01); however, there was nosignificant difference between the two groups with regard to the American Society of Anesthesiologists classification (P = 0.89). Eighteen patients had surgery for a second recurrence, with perineal repairs associated with higher failure rates (50 vs. 8 percent; P = 0.07). Finally, when combining all repairs, the abdominal approach continued to have significantly lower recurrence rates (39 vs. 13 percent; P < 0.01).

Conclusions: The re-recurrence rate after surgery for recurrent rectal prolapse is high, even at a relatively short follow-up interval. Our data suggest that abdominal repair of recurrent rectal prolapse should be undertaken if the patient's risk profile permits this approach.

(C) The ASCRS 2006

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.