Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -)

, Volume 184, Issue 2, pp 389–393 | Cite as

Open versus laparoscopic abdominal rectopexy: an examination of early postoperative outcomes

  • R. Tevlin
  • A. M. Hanly
  • A. C. Rogers
  • J. M. P. Hyland
  • D. C. Winter
  • A. E. Brannigan
  • P. R. O’Connell
Original Article



Abdominal rectopexy is used to treat full thickness rectal prolapse and obstructed defecation syndrome, with good outcomes. Use of a laparoscopic approach may reduce morbidity. The current study assessed short-term operative outcomes for patients undergoing laparoscopic or open rectopexy.


Rectopexy cases were identified from theater logs in two tertiary referral centers. Patient demographics, intra-operative details and early postoperative outcomes were examined.


There were 62 patients included over 10 years, a third of whom underwent laparoscopic rectopexy. Laparoscopy was associated with a longer operative time (195.9 versus 129.6 min, p = 0.003), but this did not affect postoperative outcomes, with no significant differences found for complication rates and length of stay between the two groups. Univariable analysis found no influence of laparoscopic approach on the likelihood of postoperative complications, and no factor achieved significance with multivariable analysis. This study included the first laparoscopic cases performed in the involved institutions, and a “learning curve” existed as seen with a decreasing operative duration per case over time (p = 0.002).


Laparoscopic rectopexy has similar short-term outcomes to open rectopexy.


Laparoscopic Rectopexy Rectal prolapse Obstructed defecation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Tevlin
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. M. Hanly
    • 1
  • A. C. Rogers
    • 1
  • J. M. P. Hyland
    • 1
  • D. C. Winter
    • 1
  • A. E. Brannigan
    • 2
  • P. R. O’Connell
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Colorectal DiseaseSt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublin 4Ireland
  2. 2.Mater Misericordiae University HospitalDublin 7Ireland

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