Will Cleaning the Bowel With an Enema Before Vaginal Prolapse Surgery Prevent Complications?

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2009 by Illinois Urogynecology, Ltd..
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 22, 2009
Last Update Posted : September 22, 2009
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Illinois Urogynecology, Ltd.

September 21, 2009
September 22, 2009
September 22, 2009
September 2009
September 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
wound infection rate [ Time Frame: 6 weeks post op ]
Same as current
No Changes Posted
rate of contamination of surgical field by stool during surgery [ Time Frame: day of surgery ]
Same as current
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Will Cleaning the Bowel With an Enema Before Vaginal Prolapse Surgery Prevent Complications?
Do Preoperative Enemas Prevent Complications in Vaginal Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery?
Traditionally, many gynecologic surgeons have asked patients to perform a cleansing enema the night before a vaginal surgery done to repair pelvic organ prolapse (dropped bladder, dropped uterus). The belief is that there is then less or no stool present at the vaginal incision and less chance of infection of the wound by bowel bacteria. However, not all surgeons follow this practice. There is no evidence in the medical literature if one way is better than the other. In this study, patients scheduled for vaginal surgery to correct prolapse will be randomly assigned to perform an enema or not to perform an enema.
The factors to be measured will be wound infection rates, and need to cleanse an incision of escaped stool.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Colon Cleansing
Procedure: enema

pre operative rectal enema

one adult bottle to be used rectally the night before surgery

Other Name: adult over the counter enema
  • Active Comparator: treatment : receives pre operative enema
    one arm will receive pre operative enema
    Intervention: Procedure: enema
  • No Intervention: no enema
    this group will not receive pre operative enema
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Unknown status
Same as current
September 2010
September 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female, AND
  • undergoing vaginal surgery for prolapse.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant women,
  • age younger than eighteen,
  • male sex, OR
  • concurrent abdominal surgery.
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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United States
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Denise M. Elser, MD, Illinois Urogynecology, LTD
Illinois Urogynecology, Ltd.
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Illinois Urogynecology, Ltd.
September 2009

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