Eur Surg (2008) 40/1: 30–33DOI 10.1007/s10353-007-0377-6# Springer-Verlag 2008 Long term results after stapled anopexy for symptomatichaemorrhoidal prolapse S. Riss1, P. Riss1, M. Schuster2, and T. Riss2 1 Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria2 Department of Surgery, Hartmannspital, Vienna, Austria Received September 5, 2007; accepted November 28, 2007# Springer-Verlag 2008 Langzeitergebnisse nach ,,Anopexie nach Longo‘‘ Summary. Background: Because of a lack of long-term bei symptomatischem Ha¨morrhoidalprolaps results, the present study was designed to assess the effec-tiveness of stapled anopexy after long-term follow-up.
Zusammenfassung. Grundlagen: Ziel dieser Studie Methods: 242 of 300 operated patients were available war eine Langzeitbeurteilung der Effektivita for follow-up (mean 48 months). For evaluation, a standard- nach Longo bei symptomatischem Ha¨morrhoidalprolaps.
ized questionnaire was used, including clinical symptoms Methodik: 242 Patienten (mittlere Follow-up-Dauer 48 and satisfaction. Anal anatomy was assessed by clinical Monate) wurden inkludiert. Zur Evaluierung klinischer Symptome (Schmerzen, Jucken, Blutung, Stuhldrang, Results: Patients judged their results as excellent in Stuhlinkontinenz) und Patientenzufriedenheit wurde ein 79.4%, good in 12%, fair in 5.7% and poor in 2.9% cases.
standardisierter Fragebogen entworfen. Zudem wurde zur Five patients (2.1%) showed recurrent prolapse and were anatomischen Beuteilung eine klinische Untersuchung operated by Milligan-Morgan procedure. Residual skin-tags were observed in 26.9% (n ¼ 65). Reoccurrence of haemor- rhoidal symptoms were bleeding (7.9%), itching (4.1%) and Patienten ihr Ergebnis mit ,,sehr gut‘‘, 12% ,,gut‘‘, 5,7% pain (3.3%). Adverse effects of surgery were stool urgency ,,ausreichend‘‘ und 2,9% ,,schlecht‘‘. 5 Patienten (2,1%) (4.5%), faecal incontinence (3.3%) and persistent pain Conclusions: Despite a high rate of residual skin- ten (Marisken) wurden in 26,9% (n ¼ 65) beobachtet. Erneut tags after stapled anopexy, our data revealed acceptable aufgetretene Symptome waren Blutungen in 7,9% (n ¼ 19), results in terms of patient’s satisfaction and definitive Juckreiz in 4,1% (n ¼ 10) und Schmerzen in 3,3% (n ¼ 8).
resolution of haemorrhoidal symptoms after a long term Chirurgische Nebenwirkungen waren Stuhldrang in 4,5% (n ¼ 11), Stuhlinkontinenz in 3,3% (n ¼ 8) und anhaltenderSchmerz in 3,3% (n ¼ 8).
Key words: Hemorrhoids, surgery, fecal incontinence, bliebenen a¨ußeren analen Hautfalten konnte die Studie einehohe Patientenzufriedenheit sowie eine akzeptable Beseiti-gung von Ha ¨ morrhoidalbeschwerden auch im Langzeit- Stapled anopexy, introduced by A. Longo in 1998, is ¨ rter: Ha¨morrhoiden, Chirurgie, Anopexie, based on a new concept of aetiology and treatment for haemorrhoidal piles [1]. A redundant rectal mucosa isconsidered to be the primary alteration for the pathogen-esis of the disease. This internal mucosal prolapse canocclude the rectal lumen, causing difficulties for thepassage of faeces. By a descensus and expulsion of the Correspondence: Stefan Riss, M.D., Division of General Sur-gery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, haemorrhoidal tissue, the redundant mucosa is stretched Wa¨hringer Gu¨rtel 18–20, 1090 Vienna, Austria.
whereby the rectal lumen is freed and defecation en- abled. As a consequence of the pathogenetic concept, stapled anopexy removes the internal rectal prolapse S. Riss et al.: Long term results after stapled anopexy for symptomatic haemorrhoidal prolapse and does not resect the prolapsed haemorrhoidal tissue, which is rather lifted and fixed in a physiological po-sition. Additionally, the arterial inflow will be reduced The operation is performed in lithotomy position. The by interruption of the terminal branches of the superior anus is gently dilated by using the obturator. Perianal traction sutures are inserted at 3, 6, 9 and 12 O’clock to A number of randomized controlled studies compared fix the circular anal dilatator (Ethicon CAD 33). The trac- conventional techniques with stapled anopexy. Low post- tion sutures must not catch prolapsed tissue to enable the operative pain and the early return to work were regarded complete repositioning of the prolapsed piles. By means as great advantages over conventional methods. Conflicting of a special side open anoscope (Ethicon PSA 33), a purse results were obtained in terms of recurrent prolapse string suture is inserted into the mucous membrane of the and definitive cure of haemorrhoidal symptoms [2–8].
distal rectum, about 2–3 cm above the haemorrhoidal tis- However, most of the studies included a small number sue. Using a circular stapler device (Ethicon PPH 01), a of patients and had a short follow-up period.
mucosal doughnut is resected. The resulting stapler line is Because of a lack of long-term results, the present situated approximately 2 cm above the dentate line. Thus study was designed to assess the effectiveness of stapled the rectal venous plexus is not excised but lifted into the anopexy after a mean follow-up of 48 months.
proximal anal canal. Bleeding around the stapler line iscontrolled by absorbable sutures or by using diathermy.
The excised mucosal doughnut is measured and sent to From 1999 to 2005, 300 patients underwent stapled haemorrhoidopexy for symptomatic haemorrhoidal pro- lapse at one institution. 240 patients (100 female, 140male) were available for follow-up and retrospectively re- Early postoperative complications included urinary re- viewed. Mean age was 59 years (range 29–94 years) with tention (n ¼ 8, 3.3%), bleeding (n ¼ 3, 1.2%) and anal a mean follow-up time of 48 months (range 7–92 months).
stenosis (n ¼ 2, 0.8%). Patients with anal stenosis could In 4.1% (n ¼ 10) of the patients, a Milligan Morgan pro- be dilated successfully. Two patients (0.8%) suffered from cedure has been performed previously for symptomatic persistent anal pain in the follow-up period. In these cases the stapled line was excised under general anaesthesia During this time period stapled haemorrhoidopexy as and the mucosal defect adapted by absorbable sutures.
the only surgical technique that was offered to our patients Afterwards anal pain disappeared. Other side-effects of suffering from symptomatic haemorrhoidal prolapse.
surgery are shown in Table 2. Five patients (2.1%) showed Inclusion criteria were symptomatic haemorrhoidal recurrent haemorrhoidal prolapse and were operated with piles after conservative treatment failure. Patients were Milligan Morgan procedure. Residual skin tags were ob- excluded with acute haemorrhoidal episodes with throm- served in 26.9% (n ¼ 65) of the cases.
bosis, irreducible haemorrhoidal piles and intercurrent Postoperative patients judged their results as excellent anal pathologies (i.e. fissure, fistula, anal incontinence in 79.4% (n ¼ 192), good in 12% (n ¼ 29), fair in 5.7% not due to haemorrhoids’ disease). Patients with acute or (n ¼ 14) and poor in 2.9% (n ¼ 7). Concerning the ques- irreducible haemorrhoidal piles were treated by a Milligan tion, ‘‘Would you undergo surgery again, if necessary?’’ patients reported ‘‘yes’’ in 90.1% (n ¼ 218), ‘‘no’’ in 4.1% All operations were performed by one single surgeon.
(n ¼ 10), and ‘‘do not know’’ in 5.8% (n ¼ 14). Late post- Haemorrhoidal degree was staged as II in 20.2%, III operative haemorrhoidal symptoms were observed in in 76% and IV in 3.8% of the patients. We used the grad- 15.3% of the patients (n ¼ 37) and are listed in Table 3.
ing system published by Banov et al. in 1985 (Table 1) There was no correlation between preoperative haemor- [9]. Preoperative symptoms included bleeding (n ¼ 161, rhoidal stage and postoperative outcome.
66.5%), itching (n ¼ 81, 33.5%) and pain (n ¼ 129,53.3%). All patients were reviewed personally. To evalu- Table 2. Adverse effects of stapled anopexy ate patient’s outcome, a standardised questionnaire wasused, including clinical symptoms (pain, itching, bleeding, stool urgency, faecal incontinence) and patient’s satisfac- tion (excellent, good, fair, poor, ‘‘Would you undergo sur- gery again, if necessary?’’). Anal anatomy was assessed by clinical examination. Statistics have not been applieddue to the descriptive type of publication [10].
Table 3. Haemorrhoidal symptoms after a mean follow up of 48 Table 1. Grading system published by Banow et al. [9] Haemorrhoids that bleed but do not prolapse Haemorrhoids that prolapse but reducespontaneously Haemorrhoids that prolapse and require reduction Prolasped haemorrhoids that cannot be reduced S. Riss et al.: Long term results after stapled anopexy for symptomatic haemorrhoidal prolapse skin tags do not affect patient’s satisfaction and must notbe resected in the same procedure at stapled anopexy. If Severe surgical complications, such as Fournier’s gan- the patients wish to excise the skin tags at the same time, it grene, rectovaginal sepsis or rectal perforation were not would reduce the advantages of Longo’s technique of less seen in the current sample [11–14]. New onset anal pain, a postoperative pain and early return to work.
side-effect which persisted over the follow-up period were All in all, stapled anopexy seems to be effective for observed in 2 cases of the current study. A purse string the management of haemorrhoidal prolapse in terms of suture located close to the dental line, thus touching the patient’s satisfaction and definitive resolution of haemor- sensible anoderm, might be a reasonable explanation for rhoidal symptoms. Complication rate seems to be low anal pain. Notably, in our patients the stapled line was even after a long-term period. The risk of new symptoms, placed regularly about two centimetres above the dental like stool urgency and anal pain, exists, and has to be line. However, after conservative treatment failure, the explained to the patients preoperatively.
stapled line was excised and the mucosal defect adaptedby absorbable sutures. Afterwards anal pain disappeared.
Another successful therapeutic approach in case of new- onset postdefecation pain could be the use of the calciumchannel antagonist nifedipine [15]. The authors of that The authors thank Professor Friedrich Herbst for his study assumed the origin of pain was in the rectum, as anorectal measurement of anal sphincter pressures showedno reduction after the use of this oral medicament. Themucosubmucosal anastomosis is considered to alter neu- ronal innervations in the rectal musculature, resulting in 1. Longo A (1998) Treatment of haemorrhoids disease by re- rectal hyperactivity or spasm. The incidence of chronic duction of mucosa and hemorrhoidal prolaps with circu- anal pain after stapled anopexy remains uncertain, but lar suturing device: a new procedure. World Congress of can rise to 25% in certain series [16, 17].
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