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Surgery for Rectocele

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Abstract

A rectocele is a herniation of the anterior rectal wall into the posterior wall of the vagina. It is an acquired condition. This herniation begins as a gradual thinning of the rectovaginal septum, first noticeable just above the anal sphincter, and may extend as far as the rectovaginal pouch (Douglas cul-de-sac). A rectocele can be classified as low, midvaginal, or high. A rectocele can be a cause or a consequence of chronic constipation. Associated conditions include dyssynergic defecation, intussusceptions, cystocele, enterocele, or uterine prolapse.

Keywords

Anal Sphincter Rectal Prolapse Posterior Vaginal Wall Uterine Prolapse Transanal Approach 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colo-rectal Surgery Unit, Division of SurgeryTel Aviv Sourasky Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael

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