Labhardt’s colpoperineocleisis: subjective results of an alternative treatment for genital prolapse in patients who are not sexually active—2-year follow-up

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Introduction and hypothesis

Genital prolapse affects up to 50 % of multiparous women and has an impact on quality of life (QoL) for many. Vaginal obliterative techniques are relevant in older patients who are not sexually active. We performed Labhardt’s colpoperineocleisis in such patients. The objective was the evaluation of subjective outcomes of this technique using PGI-I.


Retrospective cohort analysis of patients. We performed a bivariate, multivariate analysis, and survival curves for subjective improvement.


Seventy-four cases were analyzed. Average age of the patients was 72 years, median parity 4, 95.9 % POP-Q stage III or IV, anterior leading edge defect in 61.1 %. Operating time: 54 min, estimated blood loss 70 ml, no intraoperative complications, 12 patients had protocol deviations with changes in the recommended type of suture. Median hospital stay was 2 days and average follow-up 24.9 months. There was 13.5 % anatomical recurrence, 3 of which (30 %) were in patients with protocol deviations. 1.9 % developed clinically significant de novo stress urinary incontinence (SUI). PGI-I: 64 (86 %) reported subjective improvement and 10 did not. In the subjective improvement group, 98.4 % reported being very much or much better. In the non-subjective improvement group 80 % reported that they were the same as before surgery and 20 % were worse. In bivariate analysis anatomical recurrence showed significance and persisted after multivariate analysis with an OR of 8322 for subjective failure.


Labhardt’s colpoperineocleisis is a safe technique with good subjective results. It has few complications, an acceptable recurrence rate, and a low rate of de novo SUI. It may be important to use the #0 or #1 polydioxanone sutures, as these are associated with better outcomes in this series. Comparative studies with other obliterative techniques are needed.

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Pelvic organ prolapse


Patient global impression of improvement


Stress urinary incontinence


Odds ratio


Body mass index


Pelvic organ prolapse quantification


Incontinence severity index


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We are deeply grateful to Dr. Manuel Fernandez who has devoted his professional life to gynecological–oncological surgery and as a great vaginal surgeon, selflessly taught us this technique. We would also like to thank Dr. Marco Aramayo, Dr. Marco Arellano, and Jacobo Alvo for their critical review of this manuscript.

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Pizarro-Berdichevsky, J., Galleguillos, G., Cuevas, R. et al. Labhardt’s colpoperineocleisis: subjective results of an alternative treatment for genital prolapse in patients who are not sexually active—2-year follow-up. Int Urogynecol J 25, 417–424 (2014).

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  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Gynecological surgical procedures
  • Frail elderly
  • Quality of life
  • Vaginal prolapse