Author(s): Vermeulen J, Lange JF, Sikkenk AC, van der Harst E
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Several different surgical repair procedures for symptomatic rectocele have been described with variable results. In our clinic, a modified anterolateral rectopexy is used. In this article we evaluate our results, with emphasis on patient satisfaction. METHODS: From 2001 until 2003, twenty patients with a symptomatic rectocele were treated by anterolateral rectopexy. The preoperative dynamic defecogram and anorectal complaints were analyzed and compared to postoperative outcome via a standardized questionnaire. RESULTS: After surgery, all rectoceles were restored as shown by postoperative defecogram. Anorectal symptoms (incomplete evacuation, continuous urge, prolapse, digital evacuation) were improved in 40\%. As new-onset symptoms, dyspareunia (50\%), digital support (55\%) and incomplete evacuation (75\%) were mentioned frequently. Most of the patients with larger rectoceles (>3.5 cm) had increased anorectal complaints after surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Anterolateral rectopexy for treatment of rectocele give limited improvement of anorectal complaints. Besides, many patients developed new complaints postoperatively and hence overall satisfaction was low.
This article was published in Tech Coloproctol
and referenced in Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System