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Laparoscopic sigmoid vaginoplasty: a salvage option for genitourinary fistula after failed McIndoe’s repair
  1. Rohit Dadhwal1,
  2. Rishi Nayyar1,
  3. Asuri Krishna2 and
  4. Prashant Kumar1
  1. 1Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  2. 2Department of General Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rishi Nayyar; nayyarrishi{at}


A 30-year-old woman presented with vesicovaginal fistula after a forceful intercourse. She was diagnosed as a case of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome 14 years ago and had underwent McIndoe’s vaginoplasty using amniotic membrane. Similarly, another 14-year-old girl presented with an iatrogenic urethral and bladder neck injury during an attempt at McIndoe’s vaginoplasty 4 months ago at another centre leading to urinary fistula with absent vagina. A laparoscopic salvage was done for both the cases along with repair of genitourinary fistula using sigmoid colon. There was no further requirement of vaginal dilation. Both patients remain fully continent at 1 year follow-up. Laparoscopic sigmoid vaginoplasty is a worthy minimally invasive salvage method for the patients of MRKH who develop fistulous complication after a previous attempt at neovagina creation. The bowel wall provides a structurally strong layer to withstand the repeated sexual trauma of the vagina.

  • obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility
  • urinary and genital tract disorders
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • urological surgery

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  • Contributors RD investigated and followed the patient. RN was overall incharge of the case. AK, RN and PK operated upon the patient. The patient was followed up by RD.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.