Perineal stapled rectal prolapse resection in elderly patients: Long-term Follow-up

Edward Ram, Aviad Hoffman, Yuri Goldes, Danny Rosin, Nir Horesh, Mordechai Gutman, Yair Edden

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BACKGROUND: Full-thickness rectal prolapse has a significant negative impact on quality of life. The therapeutic options, specifically in elderly patients, are imperfect. Perineal stapled rectal prolapse resection is a novel operation for treating external rectal prolapse. Long-term follow-up following this procedure is lacking. In our study, we report a long-term follow-up of 30 patients, analyzing the long-term recurrence rate, morbidity, and functional outcome. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the long-term results of perineal stapled rectal resection in a population unfit for prolonged general anesthesia. DESIGN: This was a cohort study with a prospective follow-up. SETTINGS: This study was conducted at a single tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Patients undergoing perineal stapled rectal resection from January 2010 to June 2013 were included. INTERVENTIONS: Perineal stapled rectal prolapse resection was performed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome measured was prolapse recurrence. RESULTS: A total of 30 patients underwent the surgical intervention. The median follow-up period was 61 months (range, 37-65). No intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. Six patients (20%) had recurrent rectal prolapse, and continence was not achieved in any of the patients. Two patients who had recurrence underwent a redo perineal stapled rectal resection. LIMITATIONS: This study was limited by the small cohort of selected patients. CONCLUSIONS: Frail patients that can only endure a short procedure under regional anesthesia should be considered for perineal stapled rectal prolapse resection. The lack of mortality and morbidity, specifically in this population, along with the low long-term recurrence rates, make this a favorable surgical alternative. See Video Abstract at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1319
Number of pages4
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2018


  • Full-thickness rectal prolapse
  • Perineal stapled prolapse resection
  • Recurrence


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