Procedures for Rectal Prolapse
Manhattan Colorectal Surgeons
Rectal prolapse is protrusion of the rectum through the anus. Symptoms
include incontinence, fecal and mucus soiling, and a sensation of fullness
and tissue protruding from the anus. Surgery is often recommended as a
treatment, and may involve an abdominal operation or surgery through the anus.
Your surgeon will discuss the options for treatment with you during your
Contact Manhattan Surgical Associates today at 646.798.4606.
Rectal prolapse is diagnosed using a history and physical examination.
In certain cases, other studies such as colonoscopy and endorectal ultrasound
may be recommended.
Based upon your age and medical history, you may be asked to have the following
before an operation:
- Blood tests
- An electrocardiogram
- Chest X-ray
- Physical examination by a specialist
The treatment of rectal prolapsed often involves surgery. In properly selected
patients, a colon resection and rectopexy is recommended. In this procedure
the redundant colon is remove and the two ends reconnected. The rectum
is then suture to the bony sacrum to prevent recurrent prolapse. A colon
resection and rectopexy is an abdominal surgery. In select patients, it
may be performed laparoscopically.
Our Manhattan colorectal surgeons can perform any of the following procedures:
In some cases an abdominal surgery is not recommended. For these patients,
the surgery is performed through the anus. A commonly performed procedure
is call a perineal rectosigmoidectomy, also known as an Altemeier procedure.
In this surgery, the prolapsed rectum is surgically excised through the
anus. After removal of the prolapsed segment, the two ends are sutured together.
To learn more about your medical options,
send Manhattan Surgical Associates an email anytime.