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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.

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Journal article


Ann Surg

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e459 - e465


Fecal Incontinence, Humans, Laparoscopy, Middle Aged, Pelvic Pain, Perception, Quality of Life, Rectal Prolapse, Rectum, Surgical Mesh, Treatment Outcome