What is laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy?
This minimally invasive operation is for the treatment of rectal prolapse or rectocele (which can impair the ability to pass stool).
What happens during the operation?
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between 1 and 2 hours.
It involves keyhole abdominal surgery with the introduction of instruments through two 5mm cuts and one 12mm cut. The small camera, also called a laparoscope, is inserted through a small incision near the belly button (umbilicus). The surgeon is then able to perform the surgery by looking at a monitor.
During the operation the surgeon will fix the rectum to its original position with a mesh made of polypropylene.
What are the benefits of this surgery?
As opposed to a traditional open surgery, most patients will often experience less pain, have a shorter recovery and less scarring with a laparoscopic surgery.