Laparoscopic ventral colporectopexy

This procedure can be done for full rectal prolapse, a mixture of rectal and vaginal prolapse, internal rectal prolapse and rectocoeles (prolapse of the vagina into the rectum).

This involves superficial dissection beside the rectum, carried down in the plane between the rectum and vagina,  all the way down to the pelvic floor. To hold the rectum and vagina up a mesh is sutured to the lower rectum and vaginal wall, then stapled or sutured to the lower part of the sacrum.

A fleet enema may be given before the operation to empty the rectum

You may have a catheter in your bladder and or drain in over night.

After the operation you can eat and drink. Stool softeners may be commenced, so as to avoid constipation and straining.

With laparoscopic surgery the hospital stay is usually short (1-2days), although other medical or health issues may prolong the stay.

You will generally be discharged with simple analgesia and stool softeners. You should not strain or do heavy lifting for 6 weeks to allow for healing, but you can resume normal duties as soon as you feel comfortable.


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