Abdominal approaches for rectal prolapse

Bashar Safar, Anthony M. Vernava

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The management of full-thickness rectal prolapse involves surgical intervention in the majority of cases. Many procedures have been described employing both perineal and abdominal approaches. Abdominal procedures result in more durable repair of the prolapse; however, the procedures require general anesthesia and are reserved for younger healthier patients. Laparoscopy has been utilized in the treatment of rectal prolapse since its introduction for colorectal procedures; recent studies have found equivalent long-term results and short-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal approach
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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