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Colpocleisis (Vaginal Shortening)

A colpocleisis is a surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse for women who don't desire future vaginal intercourse and/or are in poor general health. This procedure can ease chronic discomfort and difficulty emptying the bladder.

What to Expect

During this outpatient procedure, your surgeon makes an opening in the vagina and reinforces the tissue layer under the vaginal skin with strong sutures. This procedure also narrows the vaginal opening. The stitches dissolve within few months and don't need to be removed. 

Typical recovery for the procedure is 2-3 weeks. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help manage your pain.

You will have a follow-up appointment with your physician between 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Possible Surgery Complications

Possible surgery risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to bowel
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • Failure of the surgery
  • Blood clot in the legs or lungs (rare)


Call our Women's Center for Continence and Pelvic Surgery.

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