Minimally-invasive ventral mesh rectopexy for complex rectocoele: Impact on anorectal and sexual function - Abstract

Clinique de Chirurgie Digestive et Endocrinienne (CCDE) Institut des Maladies de l'Appareil Digestif (IMAD) University Hospital of Nantes - Hotel Dieu, France.

Clinique Urologique University Hospital of Nantes - Hotel Dieu, France Clinique Radiologique University Hospital of Nantes - Hotel Dieu, France.



Minimally-invasive surgery for pelvic floor prolapse has recently been shown to be feasible and safe. This study presents the results of robotic-assisted and laparoscopic rectopexy for complex rectocoele, focussing on less frequently reported outcomes of bowel and sexual function.

We prospectively assessed 41 consecutive patients who underwent ventral mesh rectopexy (robotic-assisted or laparoscopic) for a symptomatic complex rectocoele from January 2009 to January 2010. Complex rectocoele was defined as having one or more of the following features: larger than 3cm, an enterocoele or internal rectal prolapse. Patients with cystocoele underwent bladder suspension concurrently. Both groups were assessed for anatomical recurrence and function, comparing pre- and postoperative faecal incontinence, obstructive defaecation syndrome(ODS) and Gastrointestinal Quality-of-life Index(GIQLI) scores, as well as vaginal discomfort and sexual function.

Forty-one females underwent the procedure (16 robotic-assisted), with four (10.5%) having minor complications and two developing anatomical recurrence. There was significant relief of the commonest predominant symptoms of vaginal bulge/fullness (p< 0.0001) and sexual dysfunction (p=0.02). There were three conversions to laparotomy(1 robotic-assisted) and 5 patients declined postoperative functional assessment. In the remaining 33 patients (follow up median 12(8- 21) months, analysis revealed no significant difference in overall functional score (p>0.740) or between patients with one or two meshes inserted (p>0.486). Only patients with a preoperative ODS score greater than 6 had a significant improvement postoperatively (p=0.030).

Minimally-invasive ventral mesh rectopexy for complex rectocoele offers satisfactory anatomical correction and functional results, with the potential for alleviating symptoms of outlet obstruction, improving vaginal comfort and sexual dysfunction.

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Wong MT, Abet E, Rigaud J, Frampas E, Lehur PA, Meurette G.   Are you the author?

Reference: Colorectal Dis. 2011 Jun 15. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2011.02688.x

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PMID: 21689355 Female Urology Section