Effects of transvaginal repair of symptomatic rectocele on symptom-specific distress and impact on quality of life

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Abstract

  • Objective: To determine symptom-specific distress and quality-of-life impact outcomes among women who had undergone transvaginal repair of symptomatic rectocele. Methods: Women who underwent transvaginal repair of symptomatic rectocele at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, between April 2006 and June 2009 were included in a retrospective case series. Minimum follow-up was 1 year post-surgery. Women who underwent concomitant surgery, other than perineoplasty and/or midurethral sling, were excluded. End points were assessed using the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20) and the Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ-7). Results: Overall, 113 women underwent repair of symptomatic rectocele, of whom 69 (61.1%) completed preoperative questionnaires and 66 (58.4%) responded to follow-up questionnaires. Mean time from surgery was 31.2 ± 11.2 months. PFDI-20 and PFIQ-7 scores were significantly improved following surgery, with a median pre- and post-surgery difference of 35.4 (P < 0.001) and 31.0 (P = 0.002), respectively. Conclusion: Patients who underwent transvaginal repair of symptomatic rectocele reported improvements in symptom-specific distress and impact on quality of life. © 2012 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
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  • Polin MR; Gleason JL; Szychowski JM; Holley RL; Richter HE
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  • 117
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