Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


Laparoscopic resection rectopexy (RRP) combined with mesh sacrocolpopexy (SCP) for obstructed defecation syndrome with pelvic organ prolapse in an interdisciplinary approach

C. Rudroff1, S. Ludwig2

1 Department of Visceral Surgery and Functional Surgery of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract (UGI), Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery, Evangelisches Klinikum Köln Weyertal gGmbH, Weyertal 76, 50931 Cologne, Germany
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital of Cologne and Medical Faculty Cologne, Kerpener Str. 34, 50931 Cologne, Germany


obstructed defecation syndrome (ODS), pelvic organ prolapse (POP), resection rectopexy (RRP), sacrocolpopexy (SCP), polyvinylidene-fluoride (PVDF), Interdisciplinary

Published online: Jun 28 2024


Background: Obstructive defecation syndrome (ODS) is frequently associated with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and compromises the quality of life in affected patients. In cases conservative treatment fails surgical therapy is required.

Objectives: The video case study combines a laparoscopic resection rectopexy (RRP) with a mesh sacrocolpopexy (SCP) in an interdisciplinary surgical approach.

Materials and Methods: In this video an 86-year-old woman with ODS and POP, suffering from a dolichocolon with rectal intussusception, an apical prolapse after total hysterectomy 1990, and occasional stress urinary incontinence underwent interdisciplinary laparoscopic surgery. A tubular anterior rectal and sigmoid resection with suture rectopexy as in a resection rectopexy (RRP) was combined with a sacrocolpopexy (SCP) using a synthetic mesh.

Main outcome measures: Surgical outcome including postoperative morbidity, functional bowel evacuation, and POP reconstitution as in POP-Q score after surgery were documented.

Results: No intra- or postoperative complications occurred. At 6 months follow-up clinical outcomes for ODS, bowel dysfunction, and faecal control were improved. Anatomical outcome for POP and stress urinary incontinence symptoms were corrected.

Conclusions: We report a promising interdisciplinary surgical approach as a single treatment option for the complex medical condition of women suffering from ODS and POP combining laparoscopic RRP with SCP. This surgical approach proved to be feasible, safe, and effective.

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