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Sexual function following bowel vaginoplasty.
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PMID:  16697858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: We review our 23-year experience with bowel vaginoplasty, with particular attention to postoperative quality of life and sexual function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the records of 57 patients who underwent bowel replacement vaginoplasty between 1980 and 2004. A total of 42 patients had the Mayer-Rokitansky syndrome, of whom 6 had varying forms of intersexuality, 6 had undergone surgery for pelvic malignancy, 1 had aphallia, 1 had cloacal exstrophy and 1 was the survivor of a conjoined twin separation. Replacement vaginoplasty was done using sigmoid colon in 39 patients, ileum in 9 and cecum in 9. Followup ranged from 18 months to 24 years, with a mean of 8.8 years. Outcome was evaluated by retrospective chart review, and the FSDQ, a validated, IRB approved instrument, was used to evaluate postoperative sexual function. RESULTS: Among the 57 patients postoperative sexual function was evaluated in 44, 9 were lost to followup and 4 were considered too young for evaluation. Of the 44 patients 36 responded to the FSDQ, 6 refused and 2 were unable to complete the questionnaire adequately. Of the 36 patients who responded 15 were married and 31 were sexually active. On a scale of 0 to 5, 28 patients (78%) reported sexual desire, 33% sexual arousal, 33% sexual confidence and 28 (78%) sexual satisfaction. In addition, 20 patients (56%) reported frequent orgasms, 8 (22%) occasional orgasms and 8 (22%) no orgasms. A total of 32 patients (89%) reported adequate lubrication for intercourse and 2 reported dyspareunia. Two of the 36 patients performed home dilation and required estrogen suppositories. A total of 34 patients used home douching and 20 required pads for mucus production. CONCLUSIONS: It appears that isolated bowel segments provided excellent tissue for vaginal replacement. For technical reasons we believe that colonic segments, particularly sigmoid, are preferable to small bowel. Sexual function following bowel vaginoplasty appears to be adequate and durable.
Terry W Hensle; Ahmad Shabsigh; Ridwan Shabsigh; Elizabeth A Reiley; Heino F L Meyer-Bahlburg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of urology     Volume:  175     ISSN:  0022-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Urol.     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-15     Completed Date:  2006-07-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376374     Medline TA:  J Urol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2283-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Urology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods
Intestines / transplantation
Quality of Life
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / epidemiology*
Vagina / abnormalities*,  surgery*

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