Rectal Prolapse

Genevieve B. Melton, Mary R. Kwaan

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Optimal management of rectal prolapse requires multiple clinical considerations with respect to treatment options, particularly for surgeons who must counsel and give realistic expectations to rectal prolapse patients. Rectal prolapse outcomes are good with respect to recurrence. Although posterior rectopexy remains most popular in the United States, increasingly surgeons perform ventral rectopexy to repair rectal prolapse. Functional outcomes vary and are fair after rectal prolapse repair. Although incarceration with rectal prolapse is rare, it is potentially life threatening and requires immediate and effective measures to adequately address in the acute setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-198
Number of pages12
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Perineal proctosigmoidectomyl perineal rectosigmoidectomy
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectopexy


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