GENERAL SURGERY

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Rectal Cancer

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Altemeier Procedure

Altemeier procedure is also called a perineal proctosigmoidectomy.  In this procedure, the portion of the rectum extending out of the anus is removed or excised and the two ends are sewn back together.  The remaining structures that help support the rectum are stitched back together in an attempt to provide better support.  Most often the repair is performed through a rectal approach.  However, there are situations were an abdominal approach is required to repair the rectal prolapse. There are situations were an abdominal approach is required to repair the rectal prolapsed.  The two most common types of abdominal repair are rectopexy (the reattachment of the rectum) and resection of a segment of the intestine followed by rectopexy.