Rectal Prolapse Treatment

For most patients with a rectal prolapse an operation will be recommended.

There are two types of operation. In one type the prolapse is fixed from below (perineal approach) and in the other type the prolapse is pulled up from above (abdominal approach).

There are two types of perineal operation that your surgeon will discuss with you. A Delormes operation for smaller prolapse or an Altemeier procedure (perineal rectosigmoidectomy) for a larger prolapse.

The abdominal procedures can often be carried out laparoscopically (also known as keyhole surgery). Rectopexy or ventral mesh rectopexy are the techniques used.

Generally the operations carried out abdominally give better long term results. The perineal operations are usually recommended for patients who are less fit.

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