This paper is based on observation and treatment of many nonoperative cases of visceroptosis, and on careful examination within the abdomen, and operation for its cure, in 116 cases. After-results are based on questionnaire returns from eighty-five patients, who were operated on more than one year ago. The first operation was performed eight and a half years ago.1
It is generally accepted that the most rational plan of relief for visceroptosis consists in its treatment by means of belts, postures, calisthenics and fattening. There are cases, however, which under the most painstaking attention to these principles fail to respond in a satisfactory degree. It is only in such cases that the assistance of surgery should be employed.
To go back to the beginning, there is an embryologic basis for the congenital type of visceroptosis, which is more common than the acquired, being 96 per cent. in our series.