The laparoscopic Vecchietti's modified technique in Rokitansky syndrome: anatomic, functional, and sexual long-term results

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Apr;198(4):377.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.10.807. Epub 2008 Feb 1.


Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the anatomical and functional long-term follow-up results of the laparoscopic Vecchietti approach for the creation of a neovagina in the Rokitansky syndrome.

Study design: One hundred ten patients underwent clinical follow-up visits at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery and every 6 months thereafter. The following were performed: evaluation of the quality of sexual intercourse, vaginal and rectal examinations, vaginoscopy, Schiller's test, and vaginal cytology with microbiologic testing. Functional results were assessed by using Rosen's Female Sexual Function Index questionnaire, of which the results were analyzed comparing normal age-matched controls.

Results: Four patients were lost to follow-up. Anatomic and functional success was achieved in 104 of 106 (98%) and 103 of 106 (97%) patients, respectively. Female Sexual Function Index scores were comparable with those of controls.

Conclusion: Vecchietti's technique is simple, safe, and effective and allows normal and satisfying sexual intercourse, comparable with that of normal controls.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Coitus
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vagina / abnormalities*
  • Vagina / surgery*