Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2021; 34(01): 062-068
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714288
Review Article

Ventral Rectopexy

Kenneth C. Loh
1  Department of General Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, California
Konstantin Umanskiy
2  Department of Surgery, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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Rectal prolapse is a debilitating condition that often results in impaired quality of life. Posterior compartment defects including rectal prolapse and rectal intussusception are often associated with middle and anterior compartment prolapse and require a multicompartment approach to treatment. In recent years, ventral rectopexy, with or without sacrocolpopexy for combined middle compartment prolapse, has emerged as a safe and effective method of treatment for rectal prolapse. In this article, we aim to review the etiology of rectal prolapse and intussusception, describe the indications and workup for surgery, discuss technical aspects of ventral rectopexy alone and in combination with sacrocolpopexy, review potential surgical complications, and describe the reported outcomes of the surgery.

Publication History

Publication Date:
04 September 2020 (online)

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