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.
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.
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.
Who are good candidates for colpocleisis surgery?
Optimal candidates for this type of surgery are women with severe (Stage 3 or 4) pelvic organ prolapse, and no longer desire sexual intercourse.
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
- 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.
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:
- Hysterectomy (removal of uterus and/or cervix)
- Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of tubes and ovaries)
- Bilateral Salpingectomy (removal of tubes)
- Other prolapse repair surgeries
- Cystoscopy (a camera used to look inside the bladder)
- Anti-incontinence surgeries
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.
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.