Artificial anal sphincter

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The artificial anal sphincter as treatment for end stage anal incontinence was first described in 1987. Published series concern a total of 42 patients, with a success rate of approximately 80%. Infection has been the most serious complication, but a number of technical complications related to the device have also occurred and required revisional procedures in 40% to 60% of the patients. The artificial anal sphincter may be used for the same indications as dynamic graciloplasty except in patients with a previously irradiated or severely scarred perineum.




Christiansen, J. (2001). Artificial anal sphincter. Chirurgische Gastroenterologie Interdisziplinar, 17(3), 237–239.

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