Good Post-operative Results Depend on Strict Patient Selection and Strict Operative Procedure

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J Korean Soc Coloproctol. 2012;28(3):118-118
Publication date (electronic) : 2012 June 30
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Department of Surgery, Sahmyook Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Correspondence to: Yong Hee Hwang, M.D. Department of Sugery, Sahmyook Medical Center, 82 Mangu-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-711, Korea. Tel: +82-2-2210-3563, Fax: +82-2-2212-2673,

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Post-operative results are variable. Some rectoceles might be caused by a paradoxical puborectalis contraction leading to an outlet obstruction and to disappointing surgical results [1]. Thus, an anorectal physiologic study including anal sponge (anal plug) electromyography should be performed for excluding non-relaxing puborectalis syndrome [2]. In that case, biofeedback therapy should be applied first. A vital point for a good post-operative result is the tightness (strength) of the reconstructed rectovaginal septum even though long-term post-operative results aredisappointing [3]. A larger decrease in the rectocele diameter means greater strength of the rectovaginal septum.


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