Laparoscopic vaginoplasty: alternative techniques in vaginal reconstruction

BJOG. 2006 Mar;113(3):340-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2005.00845.x.


Construction of a neovagina is the next step for women with an absent vagina who have failed vaginal dilator therapy. Traditional operative techniques such as skin grafting or intestinal substitution have major disadvantages including prolonged recovery time and significant scarring. Laparoscopic vaginoplasty is performed widely throughout Europe but has not been available in the UK until now. We report on five women who underwent laparoscopic vaginoplasty. Three women underwent a laparoscopic Vecchietti procedure and two underwent a laparoscopic Davydov procedure. Details were recorded on preoperative features, perioperative problems and early postoperative outcome. Laparoscopic vaginoplasty is a safe treatment for vaginal agenesis, and short-term results are encouraging.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Length of Stay
  • Middle Aged
  • Surgically-Created Structures*
  • Tissue Expansion / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vagina / abnormalities*
  • Vagina / surgery*