Perineal Hernia Repair

اذهب الى الأسفل

Perineal Hernia Repair

مُساهمة  drtanira في السبت مايو 09, 2009 6:33 pm


Perineal hernia is defined as a defect in the anatomic structures making up the pelvic diaphragm. The pelvic diaphragm is made up of the levator ani muscle, coccygeus muscle, external anal sphincter muscle, and perineal fascia. Other important anatomic structures that aid in surgical repair of perineal hernia include the sacrotuberous ligament and internal obturator muscle.
Perineal hernia occurs when protrusion of pelvic viscera (ie, prostate, rectum) or abdominal viscera (ie, bladder, small intestine) occurs through supporting structures making up the pelvic diaphragm.

The cause of perineal hernia is unknown. Many factors have been incriminated in its etiopathogenesis including:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Congenital predisposition
  • Structural weakness of the pelvic diaphragm
  • Prostatic disease
  • Chronic constipation

    It was shown in one study of 771 dogs that 93% of the affected dogs were intact males. It has also been shown that females have a larger, heavier, stronger levator ani muscle with a longer rectal attachment than the male, and that the sacrotuberous ligament in the female is larger. These findings may help support a hormonal influence to the etiology.
    Certain breeds such as Boston terrier, Pekinese, and boxers may have a predisposition for perineal hernia, suggesting a familial risk. However, many mixed breed dogs also are commonly affected.
    Structural weakness of the pelvic diaphragm, especially in breeds with rudimentary tails (eg, Boston terrier, Old English sheepdog, boxer) may imply a conformational predisposition. However, breeds with normal tails (eg, German shepherd dog, collie, mixed breeds) have an equally high incidence.
    Prostatic disease is commonly seen in older (>6 years of age) intact males. This may cause severe straining and predispose the patient to hernia formation. However, many dogs that present with perineal hernia do not have significant prostatic disease.
    Any disorder resulting in chronic straining to defecate may have an influence on the incidence of perineal hernia in the dog.


A diagnosis of perineal hernia can be made on history, clinical signs, and visual and digital rectal examination. Dogs often present with a history of constipation and tenesmus. Visual perineal examination reveals perineal swelling that may be reducible. Digital rectal examination reveals loss of the normal pelvic diaphragm and either abdominal viscera or pelvic viscera within the hernial sac.
Occasionally patients present with urinary obstruction due to retroflexion of the urinary bladder into the hernial sac. A presumptive diagnosis is based on a history of urinary obstruction, perineal swelling that is firm and turgid on palpation, and the presence of a fluctuant mass in the perineum on rectal palpation.
Definitive diagnosis is accomplished by either urethral catheterization resulting in reduction of the size of the mass or centesis of urine from the perineal mass. These patients may be quite sick depending on the duration of urinary obstruction. An indwelling urinary catheter and sterile collection device should be placed while the patient's renal function is stabilized. Occasionally it may require contrast radiography to diagnose a retroflexed urinary bladder.
Rarely, a patient will present with incarcerated small intestine. Emergency reduction via abdominal exploratory is indicated. Resection and anastomosis is performed based on bowel viability after reduction and enteropexy considered. Repair of the perineal hernia should be staged depending upon patient status.


Treatment of perineal hernia by surgical correction is generally accepted by most clinicians as the most successful means of management. Medical management with stool softeners and periodic digital evacuation may be attempted but may only temporarily control the problem. See the DVD for a detailed video description of the internal obturator transposition technique.*
Preoperative preparation of the patient includes fasting the day before surgery, preoperative antibiotics and proper laboratory evaluation (iie, BUN, CBC, UA). Enemas may be given the day before surgery. This author does not recommend enemas due to the liquid feces presented to the anal orifice at the time of surgery. Instead, digital evacuation of the rectum on the day of surgery after the patient has been anesthetized is recommended. After complete rectal evacuation, the patient is placed in dorsal recumbency and castrated.
The patient is then placed in perineal position, a tampon placed in the rectum, and a purse-string suture placed in the anal orifice. Alternatively, the patient may be castrated from a perineal approach, eliminating the need for repositioning.
A curved incision over the perineal mass is made from the tail base to a point midway between the pubis and ischial tuberosity then returning to the midline proximal to the scrotum.
The hernial sac is entered and the contents either reduced (ie, prostate, small intestine, bladder) or removed (ie, paraprostatic fat, prostatic cysts).
The following anatomic structures are located:

  • External anal sphincter muscle
  • Levator ani muscle (often difficult to see and sometimes non-existent)
  • Coccygeal muscle
  • Pudendal artery and vein
  • Perineal nerve
  • Sacrotuberous ligament
  • Internal obturator muscle

    Internal Obturator Muscle Transposition
    After proper orientation and location of the above anatomic structures the caudal lateral aspect of the internal obturator muscle is incised and elevated from the ischium. It is elevated to the level of the obturator foramen and reflected dorsally. Its tendon of insertion may be left intact (small dogs) or incised (large dogs) depending upon how much dorsal elevation is necessary to close the defect.
    Interrupted sutures are preplaced from dorsal to ventral beginning with the coccygeous muscle and suturing it to the external anal sphincter muscle.
    As suturing progresses ventrally, the internal obturator m. is sutured to the coccygeus m. and sacrotuberous ligament. The ventral aspect of the hernia is closed by suturing the internal obturator muscle to the external anal sphincter m. After all sutures have been properly placed, each is tied separately from dorsal to ventral.
    Absorbable or nonabsorbable suture material has been used successfully in perineal hernia repair. This author recommends synthetic absorbable monofilament suture (ie, PDS, Maxon).
    Rarely, a prostatic abscess is found in the hernial sac. If this occurs, the surgeon can reduce the abscess into the abdominal cavity, repair the hernia, then explore the abdomen via ventral midline celiotomy and manage the abscess (ie, drainage, marsupialization, excision). Another option is to provide tube drainage via the perineal approach. The advantage of using the perineal approach is that only one major procedure needs to be done; the disadvantage is the difficulty in obtaining proper ventral drainage.
    The majority of patients with perineal hernia present with rectal deviation. All layers of the rectal wall deviate into the hernial sac. If a rectal diverticulum or sacculation is present in the hernial sac, the option for reduction or excision of the diverticulum or sacculation and hernial repair exists.
    It has been recommended by several authors that because of the straining caused by the presence of sacculations or diverticula, that they be excised by cross-clamping, excision and suturing with a double layer, continuous inverting suture technique. The hernia is then repaired as described.
    It is the authors' opinion that most rectal abnormalities are rectal deviation; reduction of the rectal deviation and perineal hernia repair is the treatment of choice.
    After properly placing and securing all sutures used to repair the hernial defect, subcutaneous tissues and skin are closed with simple interrupted sutures. The subcutaneous tissues are generally closed with an absorbable suture and the skin with a nonabsorbable suture of the surgeon's choice.

Postoperative Care
Immediately postoperatively, the purse-string suture is removed, the rectum palpated for sutures that may have inadvertently been placed through the rectal wall, and the patient watched until it can ambulate to its cage.
If a strand of suture material can be palpated in the rectal lumen, it is cut via a rectal approach, If the suture is left in place, a recto-cutaneous fistula may develop. If more than one suture has penetrated into the rectal lumen, the hernial repair should be completely re-done.
If the patient cannot ambulate on its hind leg or exhibits severe hind leg pain (ie, ipsilateral to the side of hernial repair) and the sacrotuberous ligament was utilized in the closure, it is likely that one of the sutures placed around the sacrotuberous ligament has entrapped the sciatic nerve. When using the sacrotuberous ligament in hernial repair, care should be taken to use its leading edge instead of encircling it as the close proximity of the sacrotuberous ligament and sciatic nerve may result in sciatic nerve entrapment. If the surgeon suspects sciatic nerve entrapment the patient should be immediately anesthetized, the hernial repair re-explored, sutures placed around the sacrotuberous removed, and the hernia re-repaired using the leading edge of the sacrotuberous ligament. Alternatively, the sciatic nerve can be explored and the entraping sutures identified and cut.
Postoperative management includes systemic antibiotics for seven days, low residue diet, an Elizabethan collar and suture removal in 10 to 14 days.
Postoperative complications include:

  • Wound infection
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Sciatic nerve entrapment
  • Excessive straining due to postsurgical pain
  • Bladder atony producing anuria
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectocutaneous fistula

    king dr\ walid tanira

by ivis website
مدير الموقع
مدير الموقع

ذكر عدد الرسائل : 64
العمر : 43
البلد : فلسطين الصمود
العمل/الترفيه : طبيب بيطري
المزاج : عسل خالص
الدولة :
تاريخ التسجيل : 27/02/2008

معاينة صفحة البيانات الشخصي للعضو

الرجوع الى أعلى الصفحة اذهب الى الأسفل

الرجوع الى أعلى الصفحة

صلاحيات هذا المنتدى:
لاتستطيع الرد على المواضيع في هذا المنتدى