Sphincter-saving reconstructive rectum removal is typically
recommended for patients with rectal cancer or severe rectal prolapse. The
procedure can also be used to treat certain types of rectal fistulas. In order
to be a candidate for this type of surgery, patients must be in generally good
health and have no history of rectal problems.
The main benefit of this type of surgery is that it allows
the patient to maintain their anal sphincter, which helps them to control the
expulsion of stool. Other benefits include reduced pain, shorter recovery time,
and improved quality of life.
Recovery from a Sphincter-saving reconstructive rectum
removal typically takes four to six weeks. During this time, patients may
experience some pain and discomfort, which can be managed with medications.
Patients will also need to stick to a low-fiber diet for a few weeks after the
surgery. After the recovery period, most patients can return to their normal
lifestyle with no long-term restrictions.