Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 21-37

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The ivalon-sponge-wrap operation for rectal prolapse: An experience with 26 patients

  • C. BoutsisAffiliated withSurgical Unit, Westminster Medical School
  • , Harold EllisAffiliated withSurgical Unit, Westminster Medical School

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The ivalon-sponge-wrap operation (polyvinyl sponge wrap in the United Kingdom) is comparatively new in the armamentarium of the surgical treatment of rectal prolapse. We have employed this technique almost exclusively within the last decade in our management of this disease.

Twenty-six patients with complete rectal prolapse, (24 women and two men) have been operated upon from 1961 till 1971 (28 operations). We have had one postoperative death and one final recurrence.

Concomitant preoperative incontinence, although decreased by almost 50 per cent, has not been eliminated.

Bowel habits also, although remarkably improved with the operative procedure, have not been totally restored to normal.