Laparoscopic rectopexy is performed to treat rectal prolapse. This is a condition in which the rectum protrudes through the anus, causing symptoms such as fecal incontinence (bowel leakage), rectal bleeding and mucous drainage. Laparoscopic rectopexy restores the rectum to its original anatomical position.
Laparoscopic rectopexy is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon makes small incisions in your lower abdomen and inserts a laparoscope (a small tube containing a camera at one end) through one of the incisions to visualize the internal structures of the abdomen. Surgical instruments are placed through the remaining incisions to perform the surgery. Your surgeon then locates the rectum and separates it from the surrounding structures, lifting it into the correct position in the pelvis. Your rectum is then sutured to secure it in place. Sometimes, a mesh may also be used to hold the rectum in position. Your surgeon then closes the incisions.
As in all surgeries, laparoscopic rectopexy may be associated with side effects such as bleeding and infection, mesh piercing the vagina or bowel, obstructed defecation and fecal incontinence.
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