Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 40, Issue 10, pp 1228–1232 | Cite as

Long-term results of suture rectopexy in patients with fecal incontinence associated with incomplete rectal prolapse

  • J. W. Briel
  • W. R. Schouten
  • M. O. Boerma
Original Contributions


Suture rectopexy is the recommended therapy for complete rectal prolapse that is associated with fecal incontinence. It has been suggested that correction of an incomplete rectal prolapse is also worthwhile for patients with fecal incontinence. PURPOSE: Aims of this study were 1) to evaluate the clinical outcome of suture rectopexy in a consecutive series of patients with incomplete rectal prolapse associated with fecal incontinence, and 2) to compare these results with those obtained from patients with complete rectal prolapse. METHODS: Between 1979 and 1994, suture rectopexy was performed in 13 incontinent patients (3 males; median age, 65 (range, 45–77) years) with incomplete rectal prolapse (Group I) and in 24 incontinent patients (21 females; median age, 71 (range, 24–86) years) with complete rectal prolapse (Group II). RESULTS: After a median follow-up of 67 months, continence was restored in 5 of 13 (38 percent) patients with incomplete rectal prolapse and in 16 of 24 (67 percent) patients with complete rectal prolapse. In both groups, all male patients became continent. CONCLUSIONS: For the majority of incontinent patients with incomplete rectal prolapse, a suture rectopexy is not beneficial. The clinical outcome of this procedure is only good in incontinent patients with complete rectal prolapse. Based on these data, it is questionable whether incomplete rectal prolapse plays a causative role in fecal incontinence.

Key words

(In)complete rectal prolapse Fecal incontinence Rectopexy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Briel
    • 1
  • W. R. Schouten
    • 1
  • M. O. Boerma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryUniversity Hospital DijkzigtRotterdamThe Netherlands

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