Management of advanced prolapse including a bowel obstruction: expanding the role of transvaginal surgery.
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: We reviewed a case of concomitant advanced pelvic organ prolapse and partial small bowel obstruction managed via transvaginal small bowel resection and native tissue prolapse repair. METHODS: The patient is an 82-year-old woman with a history of a radical cystectomy and ileal conduit 2 years prior for bladder cancer that was transferred from an outside hospital for incarcerated prolapse including a small bowel obstruction with transition point inside the prolapse. She had previously unsuccessfully tried several pessaries for her prolapse. She was widowed and not sexually active. After conservative management of her bowel obstruction was unsuccessful, she was taken to the operating room for transvaginal prolapse repair. Intraoperatively, we encountered an isolated area of indurated bowel adherent to the prolapse. Colorectal surgery performed a transvaginal small bowel resection with stapled anastomosis, and a modified LeFort colpocleisis was performed to address her prolapse. Her postoperative course was uncomplicated, and at 6 months, she reported normal bowel function and had no evidence of prolapse recurrence. CONCLUSION: We present a case of incidental bowel pathology during vaginal prolapse surgery, requiring a small bowel resection. This case demonstrates the feasibility of this procedure when working with a multi-disciplinary team and localized bowel pathology.
Kisby, CK; Kelley, SR; Linder, BJ
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