STARR (Stapled TransAnal Rectal Resection) is a new surgical procedure that is performed for the patients suffering from chronic obstructive constipation.
Many patients of chronic constipation suffer from Obstructed Defecation Syndrome (ODS)-a condition, where the person has a normal desire to defecate but is unable to do so because of the obstruction developed due to internal herniation of rectum (rectocoele) or protrusion of rectal wall into the anal canal (rectal intussusception) causing obstruction during passage of feces. Patient tries to evacuate by repetitive visits to the toilet, manual digitation, routine use of laxatives and enemas.
Doctor examines the patient clinically and evaluates on the basis of patients’ symptoms under the Longo’s ODS score system. If the score is more than 16, the STARR surgery is indicated. The investigations required before surgery are colonoscopy and Magnetic Resonance Defaecography.
During the STARR surgery procedure, lower 3 to 4 cm of the rectum is removed using two stapler equipments that are used for Piles Stapler Surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and performed through the anus and requires no external incisions. It takes around 1 hour for performing the procedure and the patient is discharged from the hospital the next day. Patient can resume all his normal routine activities gradually within next 10 days.
Benefits of STARR Surgery :
- Reduced recovery time
- Less or no pain surgery
- Less scarring
- Allows patient to return to normal activities