Rectal prolapse

Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;93(1):187-98. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2012.09.010. Epub 2012 Nov 2.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectal Prolapse / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Robotics
  • Treatment Outcome