• Joel Bauer MD
  • Stephen Gorfine MD
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  • Daniel Popowich MD

Laparoscopic Colon Resection and Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse

Laparoscopic Colon Resection & Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse

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A laparoscope, or camera, can help treat your rectal prolapse with minimal complications. The benefits of this type of surgery can help you take care of your medical condition. In this laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon will remove the segment of colon with the tumor through several small incisions.

In selected patients, laparoscopic colon resection and rectopexy may result in:

  • Decreased pain
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Improved cosmesis

The procedure is performed in the hospital and you will be admitted to stay following the procedure.

Preparation & Anesthesia

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 contact Manhattan Surgical Associates online today.

For a laparoscopic colon resection and rectopexy, you will receive general anesthesia, in which you are completely asleep and monitored at all times by an anesthesiologist.


After anesthesia is established, small incisions will be made in your abdomen and the colon containing the cancer will be identified using the laparoscope. Using specially designed laparoscopic instruments, the redundant segment of colon associated with the prolapse will be removed and the two ends reconnected. 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 laparoscopic colon resection and rectopexy, 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 one to two weeks following surgery, you will see your surgeon for a follow-up appointment.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your medical treatment, it is important that you email your Manhattan colorectal surgeon or call us at 646.798.4606.

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