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JSLS. 2009 Apr-Jun;13(2):221-3.

Creation of a neovagina by the Vecchietti procedure in a patient with corrected high imperforate anus.

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University Medical Group, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Greenville, South Carolina 29605, USA.



Vaginal atresia is often associated with high imperforate anus. Because the commonly used methods of surgical vaginal creation (eg, McIndoe, intestinal segment interposition) may adversely affect urinary and fecal continence, the less-invasive Vecchietti procedure was selected for a young adult with a successfully corrected high imperforate anus.


A 21-year-old was born with a high imperforate anus, vaginal atresia, right hemi-uterus, and left renal agenesis. A colostomy was done at birth, a pull-through procedure at 9 months, and a stoma closure 3 months later. At age 13, an obstructed and dilated right hemiuterus and fallopian tube were resected. A laparoscopic version of the Vecchietti procedure was used for creation of a neovagina.


After the patient had been in the hospital for 2 days, traction was gradually advanced every other day in the office. At 2 weeks postoperatively, the bead was removed revealing a 7-cm vagina. Further elongation was achieved using the Frank method, while continence remained intact.


The Vecchietti procedure is an attractive, minimally invasive alternative for creation of a neovagina in patients at risk for compromise to their vesico-anorectal continence.

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