Endorectal Repair of Rectocele Revisited.
BACKGROUND: Transanal repair of rectocele involving the suprasphincteric portion of the rectovaginal septum has been shown to provide excellent results in up to 90 per cent of cases. Selection of patients suitable for repair is important. Rectocele with concomitant cystocele is best repaired transvaginally. An alternative approach is recommended for enterocele.
METHODS: With the patient in the prone position and using local anaesthesia, a mucomuscular endorectal flap is raised and the underlying tissues are plicated. The excessive flap is excised, and the cut edges are approximated. A retrospective review of 123 consecutive cases of transanal repair of rectocele was conducted. Patient satisfaction and complications were compared with those in a previously reported study.
RESULTS: Overall patient satisfaction improved from 63 per cent of 59 patients in an earlier study to 82 per cent in this report. The overall complication rate decreased from 7 to 3 per cent.
CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates the validity of a simple technique of transanal repair of rectocele in an ambulatory setting. Minimal morbidity and successful outcome can be achieved with this procedure.
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Khubchandani, I. T., Clancy, J. 3., Rosen, L., Riether, R. D., & Stasik, J. J. (1997). Endorectal repair of rectocele revisited. The British Journal Of Surgery, 84(1), 89-91.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty