Laparoscopic Neovagina | Creation of a New Vagina | Lengthening a Short Vagina
Vaginal Agenesis (absence of the vaginal canal) or Vaginal Shortening can be caused by either congenital reasons or secondary to complications of pelvic/vaginal surgery. This can lead to the inability to have vaginal intercourse or can also cause severe pain with attempts at intercourse.
The most common cause of congenital Vaginal Agenesis or absence of the vagina (ie the vaginal canal does not form correctly) is secondary to Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome – MRKH. In this condition the uterus and vaginal canal do not form properly (the patient is a genetic female with normal XX chromosomes and normal ovaries) and therefore typically around puberty it is discovered that she does not have a vaginal canal or has a very short vagina not capable to tolerate intercourse. Click here to read more about MRKH.
Vaginal Shortening can be caused by pelvic surgery including hysterectomy and/or pelvic floor surgery such as vaginal repair of prolapse (ie cystocele, rectocele, etc). The top of the vagina can scar down after hysterectomy or the walls can scar together which can significantly shorten the vagina. This can lead to severe pain with intercourse with deeper penetration or the inability to have intercourse if the shortening is severe. Click here to read more about vaginal shortening secondary to surgery.
Dr Moore and Miklos are internationally renowned laparoscopic pelvic reconstructive surgeons and specialize in the laparoscopic creation of a neovagina in women born without a vagina or in women that have had surgical complications that has significantly shortened the vagina. This approach is one of the least invasive approaches to create a vagina with the fastest recovery time and success rates over 95%. They recently published one of the largest series in the world on laparoscopic vaginal reconstruction and at their specialty center in Atlanta complete more laparoscopic vaginal surgery than any other center in the US. For more information about Laparoscopic Neovagina procedure click here.