Restore Your Freedom

Disorders of the pelvic floor are common with sufferers experiencing a loss of freedom and control

Surgery

Surgeries for problems in the colon and pelvic floor muscles.

Repairing muscle tears

Sphincteroplasty is a procedure that is performed to reconstruct the sphincter after trauma or injury.

It is used to repair tears in the sphincter muscle that may occur, for instance, during childbirth.

Muscle repairs not due to tears

Post-anal repair is not very common. It is sometimes used to fix sphincter problems that don't involve tears but where the pelvic floor is weak.

Anterior levatorplasty with post-anal repair is called total pelvic floor repair. This is used to fix weakness and sagging in the pelvic floor muscle as well as weakness of the anal sphincter.

Prolapse repair

Surgery is done to fix prolapses, such as intussusception (bowel sliding in on itself) or rectocele (bowel bulging into the vagina).

Stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR) is when an expanding device is put into the rectum and held in place with stitches. The damaged part of the rectum is then removed and the remaining parts joined together. This is used for fixing obstructed defecation syndrome.

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Colostomy

This is when part of the colon is brought to the surface of the abdomen where a bag is attached. Colostomy can be either temporary or permanent. Good skin care is required to avoid irritation and infection of the skin around the site of the exit point, called a stoma.

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Enema operation

The antegrade continence enema or ACE operation is used to wash out the colon.

An opening to the colon is made in the abdomen through which the enema or wash can be administered.

Other surgeries

Transanal radiofrequency is where radiofrequency is used to create thermal lesions in the muscle. In healing, these lesions create scar tissue and cause the muscle to contract.

Artificial bowel sphincter is an implanted device. It creates a cuff around the anus which is filled with fluid. Through a small pumping system, the person can fill or empty the cuff allowing faeces to pass.

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Stimulated graciloplasty or dynamic graciloplasty is a surgical procedure where a muscle from the leg is wrapped around the anus to form a new sphincter. Electrical stimulation is then used to help the implanted muscle function.

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