Patients' Perception of Long-term Outcome After Laparoscopic Ventral Mesh Rectopexy; Single Tertiary Center Experience.
Singh S., Ratnatunga K., Bolckmans R., Iqbal N., Jones O., Lindsey I., Gorissen K., Cunningham C.
OBJECTIVE: To assess patients' long-term outcome and satisfaction after laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy (LVMR). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Data on the long-term outcome and satisfaction of patients undergoing LVMR are limited. METHODS: Patients who underwent LVMR between 2004 and 2017 were identified from a prospectively maintained database. We attempted to contact all patients by telephone for an interview using a standardized questionnaire to record pre-LVMR symptoms, long-term outcome, and overall satisfaction. RESULTS: Total number of patients who underwent LVMR was 848 and 99(12%) were deceased at follow-up. In the end, 544 (64%) patients were contacted successfully and 478 (56%) were able to complete the questionnaire. Median time elapsed since surgery was 7 years and mean age was 62 years. Patients' reported preoperative symptoms were obstructed defecation syndrome in 40%, fecal incontinence in 22%, combination of obstructed defecation syndrome and fecal incontinence in 21% and other conditions in 17%. Bowel symptoms were reported as improved by 69% of patients and worse by 12%. Pelvic pain was reported to be improved in 47% of the patients after LVMR but new onset of pelvic pain appeared in 15%. Sexual function was reported to be better and worse with equal frequency. Overall, 63% of the patients were satisfied with the outcome and 76% would recommend this procedure to others with similar symptoms. CONCLUSION: LVMR offers acceptable long-term outcomes and satisfaction. There is a mixed impact on pelvic pain and sexual function which requires careful consideration in counseling patients for this procedure.