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World J Gastroenterol. Apr 28, 2015; 21(16): 5049-5055
Published online Apr 28, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i16.5049
Anterior rectopexy for full-thickness rectal prolapse: Technical and functional results
Jean-Luc Faucheron, Bertrand Trilling, Edouard Girard, Pierre-Yves Sage, Sandrine Barbois, Fabian Reche
Jean-Luc Faucheron, Bertrand Trilling, Edouard Girard, Pierre-Yves Sage, Sandrine Barbois, Fabian Reche, Colorectal Unit, Department of Surgery, University Hospital, 38043 Grenoble cedex, France
Author contributions: Faucheron JL, Trilling B, Girard E and Barbois S designed the study; Faucheron JL, Trilling B, Sage PY and Reche F performed the research; Faucheron JL, Trilling B and Girard E analyzed the data; Faucheron JL and Trilling B wrote the paper; Reche F and Barbois S reviewed the paper.
Conflict-of-interest: Jean-Luc Faucheron has received fees for serving as a speaker for Covidien, AMI, Ethicon, JNJ, and Medtronic. Bertrand Trilling, Edouard Girard, Sandrine Barbois, Pierre-Yves Sage, and Fabian Reche had no conflict of interest.
Data sharing: Technical appendix and dataset are available from the corresponding author at No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Jean-Luc Faucheron, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief, Colorectal Unit, Department of Surgery, University Hospital, TIMC-IMAG Joseph Fourier University, CS 10217, 38043 Grenoble cedex, France.
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Received: May 27, 2014
Peer-review started: May 27, 2014
First decision: July 9, 2014
Revised: December 21, 2014
Accepted: February 11, 2015
Article in press: February 11, 2015
Published online: April 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Several procedures have been described to correct full-thickness rectal prolapse. They can be separate into abdominal procedures and perineal procedures. Laparoscopic anterior rectopexy has become the procedure of choice for the treatment of total rectal prolapse in many colorectal surgical teams. This review assesses effectiveness, morbidity, recurrence rate, and recent improvements of the technique.