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Fertil Steril. 2003 Sep;80(3):607-11.

Creation of a neovagina with use of a pudendal thigh fasciocutaneous flap and restoration of uterovaginal continuity.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium, Belgium. selvaggigennaro@yahoo.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To create a neovagina and an endocervival canal in two patients with vaginal aplasia and a functioning uterus.

DESIGN:

Technique and instrumentations.

SETTING:

University hospital.

PATIENT(S):

A 31-year-old woman with vaginal aplasia and a double noncommunicating uterus (classified as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome) and a 19-year-old woman with partial vaginal aplasia and a functional uterus.

INTERVENTION(S):

Creation of a neovagina by using the bilateral pudendal thigh fasciocutaneous flap procedure and laparotomy to establish uterovaginal continuity.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Clinical follow-up evaluation of restoration of outflow of menstrual blood and coital satisfaction.

RESULT(S):

Uterovaginal continuity was established in both patients, resulting in normal menstruation. Granulomatous polyps occurred in one patient, and stenosis at the site of anastomosis occurred in the other patient; these conditions were successfully managed. Unimpeded menstrual flow continued after 1 year of follow-up in one patient and 3 years of follow-up in the other patient.

CONCLUSION(S):

Bilateral fasciocutaneous pudendal thigh flaps permit vaginal reconstruction and a uterovaginal connection in patients with vaginal agenesis and a functional uterus. The main advantages of this technique are that postoperative dilatation is not necessary, sensation is maintained, and the resulting scar is inconspicuous. The main disadvantage is the presence of some sebaceous vaginal secretion and hair in the vaginal lining; the latter can be managed by preoperative and postoperative laser depilation.

PMID:
12969706
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