Redo Procedure for Prolapse and Haemorrhoids (PPH) for Persistent and Recurrent Prolapse after PPH

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Background/Aims:Procedures for haemorrhoidal prolapse that maintain functional haemorrhoidal anatomy are progressively used. The procedure for prolapse and haemorrhoids (PPH) has advantages over conventional haemorrhoidectomy, but is associated with a higher recurrence rate. The feasibility and efficiency of a second PPH instead of haemorrhoidectomy in case of recurrent symptoms were studied.Methods:A retrospective chart review was conducted of all patients that were treated with PPH for haemorrhoidal prolapse in our hospital between May 2002 and November 2008. All patients in need for a second PPH because of persistent or recurrent symptoms of prolapse were identified and analyzed.Results:Out of 137 patients who underwent a PPH, 22 patients (16%) were in need of a reoperation for symptoms of prolapse. Of these, 12 (55%) were treated with a second PPH. Successful prolapse reduction was achieved in 11 out of 12 patients. No postoperative complications were encountered during a median follow-up of 35 months.Conclusion:Redo PPH, in case of persisting or recurrent symptoms of haemorrhoidal prolapse after PPH, is feasible and is a good alternative for excisional haemorrhoidectomy. It possesses the same advantages over haemorrhoidectomy as the initial PPH and does not lead to more morbidity.

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