Total colpocleisis: technical considerations

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We present a video describing the technical considerations for performing a total colpocleisis in the management of symptomatic post-hysterectomy pelvic organ prolapse.


A 76-year old female presented with pelvic pressure and the presence of a palpable vaginal bulge. She had significant bother and had previously failed use of a pessary. She wasnot sexually active, with no plans for future sexual activity. Her medical history was significant for coronary artery disease with prior myocardial infarction. She had high-grade vaginal vault prolapse, without occult incontinence. After discussing observation, pessaries, restorative and obliterative procedures, she elected to undergo colpocleisis. Following hydrodissection with lidocaine with epinephrine, a quadrant-based dissection was performed to remove the vaginal epithelium circumferentially. Following this, serial purse string sutures were used to reduce the prolapse, with meticulous hemostasis. The vaginal epithelium was then closed transversely. Next, a perineorrhaphy was performed. The midline was plicated and the perineal body reconstructed.


The patient had an uncomplicated postoperative course. At six-week follow-up she had no evidence of recurrent prolapse and was voiding without difficulty.


Colpocleisis can provide excellent anatomic and subjective outcomes. Our goal is to highlight pertinent technical considerations in order to optimize patient outcomes.

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Linder, B.J., Gebhart, J.B. & Occhino, J.A. Total colpocleisis: technical considerations. Int Urogynecol J 27, 1767–1769 (2016) doi:10.1007/s00192-016-3034-4

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  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Surgery
  • Colpocleisis