Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 456–460 | Cite as

Results of Delorme's procedure for rectal prolapse

  • Asha Senapati
  • R. J. Nicholls
  • J. P. S. Thomson
  • R. K. S. Phillips
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PURPOSE: This study was designed to examine the results of Delorme's procedure. METHODS: Thirty-two patients (24 males and 8 females, mean age, 70 years) underwent Delorme's procedure between 1978 and 1990 following symptoms lasting between two weeks and ten years. Thirteen patients had had 21 previous operations for prolapse. RESULTS: The mean operation time was 65 minutes. No blood transfusions were needed, there was no operative mortality, and only two patients had complications (one chest infection and one anastomotic dehiscence). No patients were lost to follow-up. Over a mean follow-up of 24 months (4 months to 4 years), 9 patients died of unrelated conditions. There were four recurrences (12.5 percent), two in patients who had each had two previous procedures. Incontinence improved in 46 percent. No patient became constipated and 50 percent of those constipated preoperatively improved. CONCLUSION: Although abdominal rectopexy is safe and has a low recurrence rate (<5 percent), it involves the hazards of a laparotomy. In addition, up to 40 percent of patients become constipated after rectopexy which may be debilitating. Delorme's procedure has a low morbidity, results in good bowel function, and has a low recurrence rate. It can be performed on unfit patients with possible advantages over rectopexy and perhaps should be used more readily.

Key words

Rectal prolapse treatment Delorme's procedure fecal incontinence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asha Senapati
    • 1
  • R. J. Nicholls
    • 1
  • J. P. S. Thomson
    • 1
  • R. K. S. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Mark's HospitalLondonUK

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