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Surgical Treatment of Rectal Prolapse: Rectopexy without Mesh

  • Roberto Bergamaschi
  • Michael Fealk

Abstract

More than 150 years have elapsed since the first report on full-thickness rectal prolapse (FTRP) surgery appeared in the literature [1]. Yet, no adequately powered randomized trials have been published on surgical treatment of FTRP. The title of this chapter emphasizes how rectopexy can be performed without a mesh rather than affirming that it can be done with sutures. This chapter represents a current opinion on the impact that suture rectopexy may have on the outcomes of care of FTRP; however, the chapter provides no systematic review of the evidence available in the literature. The objective is to present a concise insight on surgical technique, the authors’ personal experience, and an overview of the literature dealing with this specific subject.

Keywords

Rectal Prolapse Hypogastric Nerve Sacral Promontory Complete Rectal Prolapse Superior Rectal Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Bergamaschi
    • 1
  • Michael Fealk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Lehigh Valley HospitalPenn State University CampusAllentownUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryLehigh Valley HospitalAllentownUSA

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