Closure of the Vagina (Vaginal Obliteration)
Closure of the vagina is surgery done for an older woman whose uterus has moved from its natural position to press uncomfortably into the vagina (Reference uterine prolapse Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window). This procedure may also be done if an older woman's vagina severely sags or drops into the vaginal canal (Reference vaginal vault prolapse Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window). In this surgery, the vagina is sewn shut. So it is only done if the woman no longer desires sexual intercourse.
Vaginal obliteration is done by removing the entire vaginal lining except for 1 in. (2.54 cm) to 1.5 in. (3.81 cm). The vagina is then sewn shut. If the Reference uterus Opens New Window is still present, a small opening is left in the Reference vagina Opens New Window to allow fluids to drain from the uterus.
Because vaginal obliteration is a relatively brief surgical procedure, it may be done when a woman has one or more severe long-term (chronic) medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease, that make a longer procedure more of a risk.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology