What is the Ekehorn rectopexy for the treatment of pediatric rectal prolapse?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Jaime Shalkow, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Ekehorn rectopexy involves placing a mattress suture in the rectal ampulla from inside the rectum, through the lowest part of the sacrum and out through the skin, where it is tied externally. [59] The suture is left in place for 10 days. This leads to local inflammation, which causes adhesions between the rectal wall and perirectal tissues (sacrorectopexy). The procedure takes only a few minutes and is reportedly 100% effective. [60]


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