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[Treatment of vulvar vestibulitis by posterior vestibulectomy. Twelve case reports].

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  • 1Service de Dermatologie, Hôpital Ambroise-Paré, Boulogne.


Many patients with dyspareunia suffer from vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. When all conservative treatments have failed, surgery is attempted. We appreciated results and complications of this treatment. During 1993 and 1994, at the gynecological department of the intercommunal hospital of Creteil (France), twelve women suffering from this condition for longer than six months had undergone a posterior crescent-shaped vestibular excision followed by vaginal advancement. Three weeks after surgery, three partial dehiscences have been observed, which secondary healed. The average duration of follow-up was 8 months. The interview of the patients in January 1995 revealed: six patients obtained painless sexual intercourse, four patients improved significantly, one had no improvement and one complained of severe vulvar burning instead of dyspareunia. Our results are weighing against the initial enthusiasm to surgical treatment. Collaboration between gynecologists and psychologists to specify the indications and previous treatment of an associated vaginismus should be helpful for the treatment of these patients.

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