Colon Resection and Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse

Preparation

The night prior to the procedure, you will be instructed to take nothing to eat or drink after midnight. In addition, you will be prescribed a bowel preparation. The preparation should be taken as instructed. For more details on the specific type of bowel preparation prescribed by your surgeon, please refer to the Preparing for Procedures and Surgery section.

Anesthesia

For a colon resection and rectopexy, you will receive General Anesthesia, in which you are completely asleep and monitored at all times by an Anesthesiologist.

Operation

After anesthesia is established, an incision will be made in your abdomen and the redundant colon associated with the prolapse will be indentified. This segment of colon will be removed, and the two ends reconnected (anastomosis). Once the two ends are connected, the rectum is sutured to the bony sacrum. You will have a dressing placed over the operative site.

Postoperative Care

Following a colon resection and rectopexy, you will be admitted to the hospital. You will receive pain medication and intravenous fluid. Once bowel function returns, as evidenced by passage of gas or stool, your diet will be advanced. Once you tolerate a diet, and have no signs of fever or other complications of the surgery, you will be discharged from the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication. In the 1-2 weeks following surgery, you will see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment. In the intervening time period, you should call your surgeon with any questions or concerns.