Outcome of site-specific fascia repair for rectocele

Chrysanthi Sardeli, Susanne M Axelsen, Daniel Kjaer, Karl M Bek
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 2007, 86 (8): 973-7

BACKGROUND: This article presents the anatomic and functional outcome of site-specific fascia repair for rectocele performed under local anesthesia. Methods. In this case series, 51 consecutive patients underwent site-specific rectocele repair under local anesthesia. Patients were subsequently reviewed in the outpatient clinic.

RESULTS: The mean follow-up period was 26.7 months. Pelvic examination revealed recurrence of posterior vaginal wall prolapse in 31% (16/51). Improvement in emptying the rectum was achieved in 23% (7/30), and 23% (7/30) were relieved from constipation. One patient developed de novo dyspareunia. Some 92% of the patients (47/51) would recommend local anesthesia.

CONCLUSIONS: Anatomic correction of posterior vaginal wall prolapse does not guarantee alleviation of all symptoms, especially those regarding defecation; however, postoperative dyspareunia levels are low. The use of local anesthesia is associated with high patient satisfaction. Patients should be informed that total recovery from accompanying subjective symptoms cannot be guaranteed.

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