Surgery for rectal prolapse – a single centre experience
Original research work
Donatas Danys
Gintarė Kavaliauskaitė
Algirdas Žalimas
Paulius Žeromskas
Saulius Mikalauskas
Valdemaras Jotautas
Eligijus Poškus
Kęstutis Strupas
Tomas Poškus
Published 2016-12-22


rectal prolapse

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Danys D, Kavaliauskaitė G, Žalimas A, Žeromskas P, Mikalauskas S, Jotautas V, Poškus E, Strupas K, Poškus T. Surgery for rectal prolapse – a single centre experience. LS [Internet]. 2016Dec.22 [cited 2022Sep.30];15(4):152-5. Available from:


No consensus on the optimal procedure for repair of rectal prolapse (RP) exist. We present the results of our 10 year experience of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos.
Patients and methods
Retrospective review was performed of the patients, operated on for rectal prolapse between 2005 and 2016. Patients were divided into two groups – internal recal prolapse (IRP) and complete rectal prolapse (CRP). Perioperative data between two groups were analysed. Statistical data analysis was carried out using the SPSS 20.0 software. To assess the difference between rectal prolapse groups of statistical methods the χ2 test was used. Data were considered statistically significant at p < 0.05.
89 patients between 2005 and 2016 underwent surgical treatment for rectal prolapse at our department. IRP group included 52 (58,4%), CRP – 37 (41,6%) patients. The male/female ratio was 1/6,4, the mean age was 58,3±15,2 years. Defecography was performed for 29 (32,6%)patients in IRP group and for 12 (13,5%) – in CRP group (p<0,001). 7 (7,9%) patients in CRP group had previous surgical procedure for RP while in IRP group there were none (p=0,02). The most common management of IRP included 6 strategies (n=25, 67,5% of group); of CRP – 3 different procedures (n=38, 73,1% of group) (p=0,003). Mean hospital stay in IRP group was significantly (p=0,014) longer (9,78±4,6 days) than in CRP group (7,58±3,7 days). Mortality rate was 0 %. Mean follow-up (14 patients) was 20,93±17,21 months.
There is no evidence-based consensus regarding treatment of rectal prolapse. Management of IRP covered a more diverse range of surgical options, including of open approach. Thus, hospital stay was longer, but no mortality occurred. Further follow-up for evaluation of long-term outcome is necessary.


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