July 30, 2016
font size

Definition of Sphincteroplasty

Sphincteroplasty: the surgical reconstruction of a sphincter muscle. This usually refers to the procedure that can be done on the muscles of the anal sphincter that control bowel movements. With obstetric trauma during vaginal delivery of a baby, this sphincter can become damaged and result in incontinence of stool. Other conditions can also damage the sphincter and require corrective surgery. With rectal or anal sphincter repair, the ends of the two circular anal muscles that control bowel movements are cut and overlapped onto one another and then sewn into place, creating a complete circle of muscle.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 4/2/2013 6:47:59 PM

Drug Medical Dictionary of Terms by Letter

Top RxList Drug News

REFERENCE: Laura H. Goetz, et al. Overlapping Sphincteroplasty: Is It the Standard of Care? Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2005 February; 18(1): 22–31.

Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations