International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 42–44 | Cite as

The risk of infection of three synthetic materials used in rectopexy with or without colonic resection for rectal prolapse

  • S. Athanasiadis
  • G. Weyand
  • J. Heiligers
  • L. Heumüller
  • L. Barthelmes
Original Articles


The incidence of infection was compared after the use of synthetic implants in abdominal rectopexy with (145 patients) and without (77 patients) synchronous colon resection. Three different materials were used, including polyvinyl alcohol (Ivalon) (n=87), polyglactin (Vicryl) mesh (n=109), and Gore-Tex (n=26). In patients having colonic resection two (3.7%) pelvic infections occurred in the polyvinyl alcohol (Ivalon) group, one abdominal infection with polyglactin (Vicryl) and none with Gore-Tex. In the group without colonic resection, two patients (3.0%) developed infection after polyvinyl alcohol (Ivalon) insertion with none occurring after polyglactin (Vicryl) or Gore-Tex. Overall mortality was 0.4%. Followup ranged from 3 to 120 months. There were 3 (1.9%) cases of recurrent prolapse in 151 patients with full-thickness rectal prolapse.


Public Health Alcohol Internal Medicine Polyvinyl Alcohol Rectal Prolapse 
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L'incidence d'infections a été comparée entre 145 patients ayant subi une rectopexie avec mise en place de matériel prothétique synthétique sans résection et 75 patients ayant subi une résection colique synchrone. Trois matériaux distincts ont été utilisés: des mousses de polyvinyl alcohol (Ivalon) (n=87), filet de polyglactine (Vicryl) (n=09) et Gore-Tex (n=26). Dans le groupe de patients ayant subi une résection colique synchrone, deux infections pelviennes (3,7%) se sont produites après implantation d'Ivalon, une infection abdominale s'est produite après implantation d'un filet de Vicryl et aucune après implantation de Gore-Tex. Dans le collectif sans résection colique, deux patients (3%) ont développé une infection après implantation d'une plaque d'Ivalon alors qu'aucune infection ne s'est produite après implantation d'un filet de Vicryl ou de Gore-Tex. La mortalité totale est de 0.4%. Le follow-up varie de 3 à 120 mois. Trois patients (1.9%) ont développé une récidive du prolapsus sur les 151 porteurs d'un prolapsus rectal complet.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Athanasiadis
    • 1
  • G. Weyand
    • 1
  • J. Heiligers
    • 1
  • L. Heumüller
    • 1
  • L. Barthelmes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ColoproctologySt Joseph Hospital Duisburg LaarDuisburgGermany

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