Colpocleisis Specialist

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG

Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Daniel Stone, MD performs colpocleisis repairs for patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas. He specializes in treating pelvic organ prolapse and is one of the few providers in Arizona who can perform colpocleisis repairs. These repairs are the safest and most successful repairs for pelvic organ prolapse.

Colpocleisis Q&A

  • What is a Colpocleisis or vaginal closure surgery?

    Colpocleisis, also known as Lefort Colpocleisis, Colpectomy, Total Colpocleisis, obliterative repair or vagina closure surgery is a surgery done to correct pelvic organ prolapse in older women who are no longer sexually active. Colpocleisis is one of the most durable, successful and safest ways to correct prolapse. However, it has the significant disadvantage of no longer allowing women to have penetrative intercourse.

    This surgery is done vaginally by removing the vaginal lining, and then suturing the internal vaginal walls together so that the vagina can no longer bulge out. Dr. Stone also performs a perineorrhaphy at the same time to narrow the vaginal opening. No mesh is used during this procedure.

    A modification of this procedure can be done by leaving the uterus in place. This is called a Lefort Colpocleisis. Small drainage tunnels are left in place to drain blood and/or mucous from the cervix and uterus.

  • What condition does Colpocleisis treat?

    Colpocleisis is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, especially if it is an advanced stage and in women who no longer desire to have penetrative intercourse. Symptoms of prolapse often include bulge, pressure, and a sensation of something coming out.

  • What does the vaginal opening look like after a Colpocleisis?

    The vaginal opening will appear smaller but normal. However, the vaginal canal will only be about an inch long.

  • Does a colpocleisis use mesh?

    No mesh is used with a colpocleisis.

  • What is the recovery like?

    Dr. Stone recommends 6 weeks of no heavy lifting (no more than 15 lbs) and 6 weeks of pelvic rest after these procedures.

  • What are the risks of Colpocleisis?

    Risks include the following

    • Pain, swelling, numbness near incision sites
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Damage to nearby organs such as bowel, bladder, and rectum
    • Blood clots and problems related to anesthesia

  • What are the alternatives to this repair?

    There are several alternatives that Dr. Stone will discuss with you. Conservative alternatives will include "watching and waiting", pessary placement, and pelvic floor physical therapy. If you have a uterus, Dr. Stone will discuss with you the option of a hysterectomy at the same time.

    The surgical alternatives include reconstructive options such as Sacrocolpopexyhysteropexy and vaginal vault suspension. Dr. Stone will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and individualize his recommendation based on your values, expectations and specific condition.

  • Are there any other surgeries that are commonly performed with Colpocleisis?

    Yes, rarely is this surgery performed in isolation. Dr. Stone will discuss with you any other surgeries that would be performed at the same time. Other commonly performed surgeries include:

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Testimonials

Debra
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"He actually took the time and listened to me. After the exam he told me that he wanted to try another pessary before committing to surgery. He fit one in and it worked! I haven't felt this good in years. I'm so so grateful to him!"
Madeline
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"He is one of the most caring docs I've ever been to. I've been struggling with this problem for years and have been to 3 docs before I saw him."
Sandy
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"Dr. Stone is a really good doctor. After I had the urethra sling surgery Dr Stone called me at home to see how I was doing. The office staff is good. Dr Stone's nurse Iris is really good she returns calls. I will refer my family and friends to this office."
Debra
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"Dr. Stone has been wonderful. I was very hesitant at first to see a man but he put me completely at ease. I was able to speak to him about my problem with leakage. He discussed several options and gave me choices which I loved. Eventually I decided on surgery. The surgery went well and I finally have my life back again."
Tina
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"I highly recommend him. I will be referring all my loved ones if ever they develop problems."
Betsy
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"He put us at ease about the surgery by really explaining the procedure in detail to me, my husband and my daughter. He made me feel like I was his only patient."
Joyce
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"Awesome!! Would give him 10 stars!!!!! Dr. Stone took the time to fully explain medical procedures. He patiently answered all my questions."
Alice
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"His bed-side manner put me at ease discussing a very embarrassing topic. I'd recommend him to anyone."
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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone today

One of our staff members will contact you directly. If you have any concerns requiring immediate attention, please don’t hesitate to call us at 602-788-1521.

Dr. Stone is also offering Telemedicine visits. Call to schedule today.

Office location

Valley Urogynecology Associates

1616 East Maryland Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM

Main: (602) 788-1521

Fax: (602) 688-5420

Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.