Neovaginal reconstruction with the modified McIndoe technique: a review of 32 cases

Antonio Seccia, Marzia Salgarello, Marcella Sturla, A Loreti, S Latorre, Eugenio Giuseppe Farallo

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The authors reviewed 32 patients who underwent vaginal reconstruction using a modified McIndoe procedure during the past 15 years. This technique consists of the application of split-thickness skin grafts into a new cavity created between the rectum, bladder, and urethra. The grafts are placed previously on a mold of Optosil, which is a silicon-based condensation curing impression material used by dentists. The mold is kept for 3 months 24 hours each day. During the next 3 to 4 weeks it is applied 12 hours per day. Later, according to sexual activity, the mold can be removed completely. In case of no sexual activity it should be used 1 hour per week. Parameters assessed during the follow-up were mold management, grade of pseudomucinous metaplasia of the skin grafts, sensation of the neovagina, neovagina size changes, sexual satisfaction, and complications. Postoperative complications included partial take of skin grafts (N = 3), postoperative anxiety (N = 2), donor site cheloids (N = 1), and neovaginal stricture in 3 patients who used the mold for 1 month only without having any further sexual activity. Patients who managed the mold correctly or who had constant sexual activity obtained satisfactory dimensions of the neovagina in terms of length, diameter, and elasticity.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)379-384
Numero di pagine6
RivistaAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2002


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Skin Transplantation
  • Splints
  • Vagina


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