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Complications of Female Incontinence and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Part of the series Current Clinical Urology pp 69-75

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Colpocleisis: Current Practice and Complications

  • Lior LowensteinAffiliated withUrogynecology Service, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Email author 
  • , Shay ErissonAffiliated withUrogynecology Service, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

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Abstract

The term colpocleisis is derived from the ancient Greek term “kolpos,” which refers to a fold in the Greek tunic and “cleisis,” which stands for occlusion or closure. Colpocleisis is the obliterative alternative to reconstructive surgery, offered to women with stage II–IV Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) who are at high risk to surgery and no longer wish to preserve coital function per vagina.