A colpectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the vagina. It is a minimally invasive and very successful way to treat pelvic organ prolapse in women that are no longer sexually active.
To perform the colpectomy, a doctor detaches the vaginal skin from the underlying connective tissue and brings the top wall of the vagina to the bottom wall severely shortening the vagina. The outside of the vagina continues to appear normal. Patients will continue to pass urine and have bowel movements in the same fashion. This technique has a high rate of success and safety.
LeFort colpocleisis is a procedure to treat pelvic organ prolapse by narrowing and shortening the vagina. While the LeFort colpocleisis procedure is minimally invasive and low risk, it results in a surgically closed vagina, which prevents sexual intercourse.
For women who are interested in the least invasive surgical approach to pelvic organ prolapse and who do not wish to be sexually active in the future, LeFort colpocleisis may be an option. The LeFort colpocleisis procedure involves stitching the vaginal walls together to prevent prolapse. The prolapsed organs are moved back into their normal positions after this type of procedure. The benefits of the LeFort colpocleisis procedure are:
- Quick recovery
- Non-invasive and short surgical time
- Minimal pain
- No reoccurrence of prolapse
The main side effect of the LeFort colpocleisis is that patients can no longer engage in sexual intercourse due to the closing up of the vagina. For that reason, serious consideration should be taken prior to undergoing the LeFort colpocleisis procedure.