An operative procedure is described in which the levator ani muscles are used to correct anal incompetence secondary to sphincter damage. The relevant pelvic anatomy and operative procedure are described in detail. Four patients in whom sphincter damage occurred during surgery for posterior vulvar carcinoma underwent the procedure; in 3, good sphincter function was attained. Morbidity was minimal. The transposition of the levator ani muscle to replace partially obliterated anal sphincter muscles is a suitable procedure for patients who have insufficient sphincter tissue for simpler repairs.
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