Perineal stapled prolapse resection: a new procedure for external rectal prolapse

Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Nov;51(11):1727-30. doi: 10.1007/s10350-008-9423-0. Epub 2008 Jul 15.


Purpose: A perineal approach to treating rectal prolapse is ideal for frail patients. Recently, internal rectal redundancy has been successfully treated with transanal resection using the Contour Transtar stapler. This technique has been modified to the perineal stapled prolapse resection. The surgical technique and the preliminary results of the new procedure for external rectal prolapse are presented.

Methods: Patients not suited for transabdominal treatment were included prospectively for perineal stapled prolapse resection in two colorectal centers. Feasibility, complications, and reinterventions were assessed.

Results: In 14 of 15 patients, perineal stapled prolapse resection was performed without complications in a median operating time of 33 (range, 22-52) minutes. One procedure was changed to an Altemeier because of a staple line disruption. Two patients required reintervention as a result of postoperative hemorrhage. No other severe complications occurred. At follow-up, all patients were well and showed no early recurrence of prolapse.

Conclusions: Perineal stapled prolapse resection is a new surgical procedure for external rectal prolapse, which is easy and quick to perform. Functional results and long-term recurrence rate must be investigated further.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Perineum / surgery*
  • Rectal Prolapse / etiology
  • Rectal Prolapse / pathology
  • Rectal Prolapse / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Surgical Staplers
  • Surgical Stapling / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome