Manhattan Surgeons Skilled in Altemeier Procedures
At Manhattan Surgical Associates, our skilled surgeons offer a range of
procedures for rectal prolapse. This includes perineal rectosigmoidectomy,
also known as an Altemeier procedure. This can greatly help you when you
are seeking treatment.
Call 646.798.4606 to speak with a Manhattan colorectal surgeon about
your medical options. You can also
send us an email any time.
Preparation for Surgery
The night prior to the procedure, you will be instructed to eat or drink
nothing after midnight. You may also be prescribed a bowel preparation.
If ordered by your surgeon, the preparation should be taken as instructed.
There is more than one option for anesthesia for an Altemeier procedure.
- General anesthesia, in which you are completely asleep
- Local anesthesia injections for postoperative pain control
- Spinal anesthesia, where the anesthesiologist places a catheter (tube)
in your back to make the region of the hemorrhoids numb
- Intravenous sedation where you are breathing on your own and your surgeon
to give local anesthesia in the area of the surgery
Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthetic options for
you at the time of your procedure.
After anesthesia is established, the prolapsed rectum will be identified
from the anus. The prolapsed rectum will be excised and the two ends reconnected.
You will have a dressing placed over the operative site.
Following an Altemeier procedure, you will be admitted to the hospital.
You will receive pain medication and intravenous fluid. Often, patients
are able to be discharged a day or two following surgery. You will be
given a prescription for pain medication and scheduled for a follow up
consultation one to two weeks following surgery.
contact Manhattan Surgical Associates if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you through
your entire procedure and the healing process.